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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
In Search of the Lost is a work of historical and contemporary adventure fiction written by author Thomas W Peltier. In a split narrative between present day Tasmania and Tasmania during the 1930s, this thrilling and dramatic work weaves a narrative around the fearsome predator that is the Tasmanian Tiger. In the thirties, rancher Joe McPherson leads a campaign threatening the tiger into extinction, which soon turns into a mad race for blood money among less scrupulous people. This in turn forces Greg McKinley, owner of a rescued tiger pup, to begin an incredible journey in the Outback. Meanwhile in the modern day, biologist Conner Williams is fascinated by the tigers, and embarks on a quest which also sends him into the Outback to make a startling discovery.
Thomas W Peltier brings Tasmania to life time and again in this fascinating and lively look at the culture and creatures of a truly unique place. The transitions between the past and the present story lines were fluid and very well handled, and I found the dialogue of the characters to be particularly reminiscent of Australia, giving a really immersive and enjoyable atmosphere to the tale. The plot leads to some very startling and unexpected conclusions as the old legends of the Aborigines clash with the truly wild nature of Australia and its deadly animals. Overall, if you’re looking for a new adventure novel with ancient legends, daring feats and exciting discoveries, choose In Search of the Lost for your next read.