Monday, 15 October 2012

8+: Willard Price: Leopard Adventure - Anthony McGowan

Release Date: 05/07/12

Book Blurb: 
Adventure, animals and action in the first authorized Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers. Deep in the remote forests of Siberia, a mother Amur leopard, one of the rarest big cats in the world, senses danger. Something faster than any human and deadlier than any tiger. Meanwhile Amazon Hunt, aged twelve, is recruited from England by Tracks in America, ready to take off at a moment's notice to rescue wild animals under threat - no matter how great the danger. Now Amazon and her thirteen-year-old cousin Frazer must brave the Russian wilderness to save the Amur leopard, before a blazing forest fire wipes out the race - for good . . .

I’m always a little apprehensive when a new author takes a crack at not only an established series but one that has a place in the heart of many older readers and whilst the series was old when I originally picked it up over 25 years ago, it was one that had and still does hold a place in my heart. So to be honest I was a little slow in picking this up as I really didn’t want to ruin a number of not only my childhood memories but the pure pleasure that I’ve managed to grab from a recent reread. What Anthony does is bring the series up to date for the next generation of readers who get a story about conservation, packed with the usual adventure, dangerous situations alongside a couple of characters that the reader will love to be around and rather than it being Hal and Roger, this time it’s their children who take the lead. Its definitely something different from the originals and yet it maintains not only its fondness for the locations within but also manages to build upon the success as its apparent that the author is a firm fan of the originals, back that up with a cracking lead female character (Amazon) who alongside her cousin (Frazer) really prove that the Hunt luck is still strong and all in I was more than satisfied with this first outing so much so that I’m really looking forward to the next one.


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