Author: Annie Seaton
Kakadu Sunset brings the beauty of the Kakadu National Park to life and left me with a desire to see it for myself. I haven’t seen a lot of our gorgeous country really, I live far from my family so all of my travels are back to my hometown. For the most part that’s just fine with me, but Seaton described Kakadu so vividly and so gloriously that I would love to see it for myself.
Ellie Porter is a helicopter pilot for Makowa Lodge, the five-star tourist resort, she takes guests of sightseeing flights as well as helping out the national park where required. She loves her job and she loves Kakadu. Ellie’s love of the area was born when her family owned a mango farm that shares a boundary with the National Park. She loved the family farm, she still loves the farm even though it was sold after her father’s tragic suicide.
Ellie happens to fly over the old farm returning from a search and rescue mission and what she sees raises many questions, and Ellie is determined to investigate.
The rescue mission is the first for new pilot Kane McLaren, who is stand-offish and not intending to fly. Ellie and Kane get off on the wrong foot and the sparks fly from the moment they meet. The chemistry is palpable but they both carry so much baggage that it could go either way for them.
Kane McLaren has a military background and it is only slowly that his past is shared with us, and even slower with Ellie. His time in Afghanistan has left him with deep scars that may never heal and we soon discover that it’s the reason for many things about him, most noticeably his refusal to fly.
It is interesting that Kane’s mother is living in the old Porter farm and Kane may be an invaluable link in helping Ellie discover what’s going on, if she can trust him enough to let him in.
The storytelling is convincing, realistic and gripping. I didn’t want to put this book down and it was disturbing. It was disturbing in that I could imagine these events unfolding.
Mining is big business and there’s no doubt that it can mean extremely big money, but at what cost? What sacrifices have to be made for mining to make this big money? What’s the long term effect on the environment?
There are a lot of books being written of late that deal with coal seam gas mining, fracking, drilling and all of the very invasive methods of extracting things from the earth. The novels may be fiction but they do shine a light on the mining that’s going on and hopefully make us think about the long term effects on the planet.
Kakadu National Park is a heritage listed site which should mean that it is protected, so what happens when a shady businessman discovers that there could be untapped wealth below the surface?
Seaton weaves a powerful tale of corruption, greed and the lengths to which people will go to get what they want against the backdrop of the gorgeous and diverse Kakadu National Park. Alongside this is the compelling romance that may or may not blossom between helicopter pilots who have to learn to trust one another to survive.
Kakadu Sunset is glorious in its beauty, disturbing in its deceptions and utterly gripping in the flowing and evocative nature of Seaton’s storytelling. She is definitely going to be one to watch and I look forward to the next two books in this series.