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Thylacine Conspiracy is the story of an extinct animal, a govenment coverup, an inheritance, and a smuggler. The story is set in Tasmanian Australia and is basically about the Tasmanian Tiger and whether it is really extinct or if the Tasmanian government is breeding them in captivity in an effort to protect them. A family sets out from the UK for Tasmania after an uncle dies and leaves them a box of old books. While leafing through the books a picture of the uncle, a former government employee, standing beside a Tasmanian Tiger at an isolated cabin, falls onto the floor from where it had been concealed between the pages. Greed is the motivator that sends the heir and his family off on a trip to Tasmania to find the animal and collect a huge reward.
On the other side of the world a German smuggler accepts a job from a rich American doctor, who has come across a fresh Thylacine hide, to travel to Tasmania to bring him back a live Tasmanian Tiger.
The nephew and his family meanwhile walk into a conspiracy that includes lies, deception, and multiple murders. They run for their lives through a fierce storm barely able to dodge bullets as an assailant chases after them.
The reader can almost feel the tension as the writer pens the scene with sloshing, slippery mud, flash flooding, wet branches slapping them across the face as salty tears flow down their cheeks..
Harris Ford could have played this role perfectly. I see him every time I read the book.
On the flip side the nephews wife has enough grit to face off with the would be murderer and bark orders at him. The unexpected action borrows them time as the killer reels in surprise.
To add even more suspense to the novel the couple have a young son in tow.
Bill Cromer being a Tasmanian native is able to bring Australia alive for me. His dialog, choice of words and phrases, along with his effective descriptions make this book one you'll want to keep on your shelf, share with family and friends and read again. It's a real collectable and comes in paperback, hardback and e-book versions. Thylacine Conspiracy was published in both the USA and Hobart Australian with two individual covers and is fiction based on news reports and rumors about the animal. --Janet Sue Terry
A novel. In Hobart, capital city of Tasmania, the island state of Australia, the government claims that the Tasmanian Tiger has been extinct since the 1930's. But why do sightings of the elusive creature - perhaps the world's rarest carnivore - still occur, and why did a fresh skin of the animal turn up in a south east Asian bazaar?
A Thin Hope "Tasmanian Wolf....now generally considered to be extinct....A thin hope remains for the thylacine's continued existence based on unconfirmed sightings in secluded forests." -- Colliers Encyclopedia (1993)
Rare by 1914 "Tasmanian Wolf, also called Tasmanian Tiger, or thylacine, largest marsupial carnivore of recent times....rare by 1914, the Tasmanian Wolf is now thought to be extinct." -- The New Encyclopaedia Britannica (1994)
Tasmanian Tiger The thylacine (pronounced 'thigh-la-seen'), also known as the Tasmanian Tiger or Tasmanian Wolf, is - or was - the world's largest marsupial carnivore (marsupial: a mammal with a pouch for carrying young; carnivore: a meat-eater).
Sightings "....the lack of any hard evidence of the thylacine's continued existence supports the increasingly held notion that the species is extinct. Nonetheless, the incidence of sightings introduces a reluctance among some authorities to make emphatic statements on the status of the species." -- Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife (2002)
Rediscovered "The Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger....feared extinct since the last captive specimen died in Beaumaris Zoo, Hobart, on 7 Sept 1936, was reportedly rediscovered in July 1982 when a wildlife ranger saw one of these predatory marsupials in the spotlight of his parked car. Since then, however, there have been no more positive sightings." -- The Guinness Book of Records (1989)
Remote "The chances of actually seeing a tiger in the bush are very remote...." -- Eric Guiler, Thylacine: The Tragedy of the Tasmanian Tiger (1985)About the Author:
Bill Cromer was born in Hobart, Tasmania, in 1948. Like most of his fellow countrymen he has long been intrigued by the Tasmanian Tiger (or thylacine), and has often wondered what on earth he would do if he ever stumbled accidentally onto one in the forest â€" assuming, of course, that the experts are wrong and the world's largest and rarest marsupial carnivore actually exists.
Bill graduated as a geologist from the University of Tasmania, worked for a time in the State Mines Department, and for the past twenty years has been a private geological consultant. He lives happily in Hobart with his physiotherapist wife Hilary, and son Michael. They have two adult daughters.
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Book Description Just My Best, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG1932586016