Peter McLennan served for 28 years in the Royal Australian Air Force, where he focused on strategic planning. He has tertiary qualifications in engineering, information science and government, and a PhD in planning for uncertainty. He has had several non-fiction titles published.
Peter now writes fiction from his home in Canberra, Australia. His hobbies include playing computer games badly and developing software badly.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I mainly grew up in Canberra, Australia. The most obvious outworking of this is that my stories often deal with issues that are topical in Australia, although many are global in nature (such as climate change). I tend to choose Australian settings: they say you should write what you know.
Canberra is the centre of Government in Australia, and political issues often insinuate their way into my writing even when I'd rather that they didn't!
When did you first start writing?
I started writing seriously after I retired from the Australian Defence Force in 2008. That said, I'd been granted some excellent opportunities during my time in Defence with the result that I'd already had a couple of books published.
Fourteen-year-old Jason can’t work out how to get climate change fixed—until he saves the life of the mysterious and powerful Graham. Graham promises a reward, and Jason asks him to do something to stop climate change. The request is caught by the media, so Jason thinks the man’s trapped and has to keep his word.
But Graham’s got other ideas.
Jason’s got a fight on his hands.
This is a very entertaining read. The author does a great job of controlling the release of information, which creates a good deal of suspense and interest. Just when you think you know what's going to happen, a twist throws you.
The world and its creatures are vividly depicted. You feel like you're there.
I was wary about reading this book as I expected it to have no ending, since it is book one in a series. I need not have worried; the ending is very satisfying.