Darry Fraser has written a really enjoyable novella that is the start of a series that highlights the environmental issues that are happening on Kangeroo Island, also known as Australis Island in this book.
For a short story, Darry has managed to fill it with great characters and relationships whilst focusing on the danger of so-called progress. In this novel, an oil company is trying to come in and drill and Jed and his team are determined to stop them. We have holidayers Leonie and her children along with her brother who is part of the oil company who are on the island as the fight is happening.
We learn about the plight of the dolphins and other marine life and the damage even the exploration can cause to this fragile ecosystem. I loved the characters in this story and the changes that happened to Leonie and her children as they interact with the dolphins and Jed’s team.
We all need to keep fighting for our environment in any way we can. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
About the Book: Troubled marine biologist Jed Deveraux and his team of citizen scientists, Australis Island Dolphin Watch, are head-to-head with a bunch of mainland researchers who should be on the same side. If they can’t agree on how to protect their precious sea life and ocean, how can they face the real enemy, Pete Balfour from Contour Oil? If his company’s proposal for oil drilling goes ahead, sure destruction of marine life habitat will occur, wiping out the pristine oasis of Australis Island’s waters.
Meanwhile, researcher Roxie is tired of her boss’s wandering hands; Rob wants to hide his face from the world; Leonie wants to protect her traumatised daughter, Angie, from more emotional harm. And desire always plays its part, even when horns are locked in battle.
Will a pod of beached dolphins help Angie find her voice? Can Jed control his temper long enough to make a difference for his island? And is Roxie a traitor to the cause?