Casey Hunter Project PHOENIX
by D K Conn
Casey Hunter is a sci-fi action adventure story directly targeted at the young adult audience. It is pure adventure designed to be easily read and enjoyed. The action starts at line one page one and does not stop.
Casey Hunter is a young Australian stunt racing pilot in a sport that involves danger and excitement. He's the most popular racer on the circuit, but he's not number one. That distinction belongs to Hans Goebel of Germany. Hans is a third generation Nazi who is funded by Nazi sympathisers. These guys can't let go of the past, and can't get over the fact that they lost the war and the good team won.
So they decide to go back in time and change the result.
The Government get's wind of their plans and decides to put a stop to it. The only problem is that Hans Goebel's team are a little more advanced in their time travel research. They plan on sending back a ten man team of pilots to alter a crucial battle in World War II. The Government can only send one man. One Pilot.
That's where Casey Hunter comes in.
After he accepts the proposal put to him Casey is quickly immersed in an adventure that involves espionage, gun battles, car chases, time travel - but most of all -epic dogfights in the skies above Britain.
Not everything goes Casey's way and he has to call on all his skill, daring and more than a little luck, to try and put a stop to the Neo Nazi Organisation and their poster boy, Hans Goebel.
My main aim with this book was to get young people reading and learning by immersing them in Casey's adventure. Casey himself is a young Aussie, likeable but still figuring out the world. He's someone easily identifiable to the target audience. Geography comes into it, Casey travels the world flying spectacular air races. Modern History is there, he goes back in time and the battles, dates and other historical info is all accurate. Hard science and physics make an appearance - albeit disguised as time travel and aerobatics, but still based on real world cutting edge theories. Morality is also a key point, good versus evil, right versus wrong. I attempted to interweave these themes into the book without compromising the fast pace or adventure that comes with the story. As a work of literature I hoped that it would get young people asking questions, researching these topics, and perhaps even finding an interest in academia that they didn't have before - and I think that is where the literary value of this book really lies.
- D K Conn, May 2011
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