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Sunstrike: The Journey Home Paperback – July 25, 2014
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Bradley is working as a dive instructor when a massive solar storm changes life as we know it and he has to battle the odds to return home to New Zealand.
I liked the fact that while the world we know is changed it doesn't have the usual 'dark' view of dystopian novels.
Never fear as there are plenty of despicable characters as well as storms at sea, violence with Komodo dragons and a murderer.
Despite the grim situation there is humour and action and some great descriptions of Bradley's journey home.
This a good read. Recommended
As a scuba instructor on the island of Bali Bradley Brown assumes like most foreigners on vacation in Indonesia that the electrical shutdown is temporary, but as the crisis mounts he's determined to return home to Aukland New Zealand to protect his widowed mother. Exchanging food and his boating expertise for a berth on the Northern Star Bradley never expects to have to survive a violent storm, confrontation with Komodo dragons, and a killer if he is to get to Australia. But even then, only hard work and the right connections will get him all the way home.
The action never stops in a plot that's a blend of seriousness and humour as Bradley struggles to overcome multiple obstacles in his adventure. With vivid description the author captures the reader's interest from the first page to the last with an in-depth knowledge of sailing as well as a fascinating glimpse at the places they stop at on their trip to Australia. The storyline is very realistic with the use of a solar storm which scientists have been predicting for years, and its impact globally on society as men and women struggle to survive. Bradley Brown, the carefree wanderer has to overcome dishonesty, lies, violence and death only to make a startling discovery when he reaches New Zealand. Although the dialogue seems stilted in places and the drama and tension never builds as much as I would have liked, the story is unique and imaginative.
I liked the complexity of personalities like Bradley Brown the easy going instructor who avoids conflict with others but who matures on the adventure. As events unfold and his determination to get home increases he shows compassion and courage especially when protecting Leonie a feisty and confident young woman on board the Northern Star. Of his fellow travellers Colin is quiet, intelligent and uncomplicated while Marc is conceited and arrogant. Ward the captain of the sailing vessel is tough, untrustworthy and cold while Ramiro is sleazy, cruel and callous. These characters and more add spice and power to the thrill of a journey that will see two men murdered for their possessions.
I thoroughly enjoyed "Sunstrike: The Journey Home" by Bev Robitai and will look for other books in this series.