A brilliant, fast action novel from the prolific pen of freelance author N.G.Tuckey, which explores the hidden world of the elusive Tasmanian tiger, presumed extinct since 1936. Read more about “Thylacine Man”
Beginning in the rugged, isolated forests of north-west Tasmania, this fast-paced thriller unfolds slowly, the story cleverly building from the chance meeting of a wildlife photographer and a hermit to genetic cloning, government corruption – even Chinese communists and ancient Chinese medicine.
While it may seem a stretch to involve all these aspects in a book, the fact that the story revolves around the extinct Tasmanian Tiger (the thylacine) puts all these other situations and characters into play.
Journalist N.G. Tuckey has honed his writing and research skills to produce an incredibly interesting and immersive novel – a credible novel where fiction could easily become fact.
What if a live Tasmanian Tiger was discovered in Tasmania? What would be the repercussions and the political and conservation clamourings around this dog-sized animal? How many people and groups would want a piece of this animal?
Wildlife photographer Roger Robert Raine loves immersing himself in the forest, far away from the cities. On a sojourn to north-west Tasmania he stumbles upon hermit Mango Jimmy who has some strange friends – real live thylacines. Roger takes million-dollar photographs of one animal and unleashes the astonishing find to the world’s media – at the same time promising Mango Jimmy that he would never reveal their exact location. But the thylacines are in a part of the world that is deemed rich in oil deposits and a deal is about to struck with the Tasmanian Government to strike it rich.
It is not just the conservationists that want the location revealed, also the government, a cloning research organisation – and the Chinese!
This book is full of great research, not only about the Tasmanian Tiger, but also about the settlement of Tasmania – and Chinese trade. There is a strong conservation message in this book as we read about the demise and treatment of precious natural resources – plant, animal and human.
Tuckey is a clever writer – he works his craft masterfully and intelligently. This book has enormous widespread appeal and has ‘movie deal’ written all over it.