Book Details

Fiction
Whispers of the Past

Sam is employed by the Department of Conservation (DoC). His two mates are helping out. Their task is to clear out as many feral pigs as they can in the Tongariro National Park, which is located in the North Island of New Zealand. There are three major volcanoes within this park, so the culling of the pigs has to be done with great care as there are an abundant amount of thermal pools, mud pools and, of course, volcanoes. In the high country of New Zealand, the weather can be very fickle, going from warm to cold within minutes. The three friends draw even closer as they get caught up in a weather pattern with a difference. Mist, sulphur and rain envelop them and propel them back to the start of the New Zealand Wars of 1863. Three modern blokes, with all the paraphernalia of the 21st century, running around in the past, confused, lost, and trying to stay out of harm's way, once they realise where they are. Will they get home? Will they change history?

Author Details

Owen Clough
Owen Clough born in Auckland New Zealand 1947, left school at fourteen and joined the New Zealand Railways. A year later left for a working holiday around the country. Eighteen months of travel he then joined the New Zealand Airforce with postings around the country and a stint overseas. He was discharged from the armed services in 1976 after 12 years and went on to sell insurance then a complete change of direction went on to drive buses in Christchurch. He brought a coffee shop 10 years later in Papanui then a limousine and was contracted to do Japanese weddings. His next endeavour was to work as a salesman for a dairy company, and when the business closed down, he went on to drive the tourist tram in Christchurch for 20 years. In 2010 disaster struck Christchurch with a massive earthquake then the killer quake in February 2011 destroying the infrastructure of the city. The tourist tram like many firms stopped running. After struggling through 14.000 Earthquakes, he was asked to move to Auckland to help set up a tourist tram operation in that city where he spent the last of his working life there. On retirement with his wife of 45 years, Owen hit the road in their 5th wheeler and are still on the road today. They bought a tiny plot of land in a small community in the North Island of the country where they will build a little cottage to use as a base. Still keen to move around they brought a small 7-metre bus and use this now to promote his book and future books around the country. Married at 20, Owen and his wife Kaye celebrate their 52nd anniversary this year. He has two children and one granddaughter.