This Australian adventure begins with a small party of
travellers in Alice Springs boarding a tiny plane headed
for Kakadu rainforest. Well-heeled Abigail has fidgeted
through the trip so far. Her daughter has been sent home
along with her husband's secretary; looking at Spencer,
Abigail is certain that the secretary is only one of the
women he has been seeing. But there is no way she's going
to end up an impoverished cast-off, so she puts up with it.
LOST IN KAKADU is what happens in the shocking aftermath of
a crash. One minute they're watching brumbies, the next the
engines stall and a tree limb tears through the cabin.
Abigail wipes blood from her forehead, trapped beneath a
body. Another traveller scrambles through the wreckage,
searching for survivors. Mackenzie finds only Abigail
alive. Shocked and thinking about society funerals, she's
not much help at first and only starts thinking straight
when she gets bitten by ants. Mackenzie has to return to
the plane to look for a first-aid kit. He just knows they
should not leave the wreckage as it will be spotted from
the air amid the trees. There's no phone signal so they set
A fire is easy work, but next day with food gone the two
are forced to extract a knife from a dead man's pocket to
prise open the hold containing their luggage. How much
longer will they be in the jungle, and what else will they
have to do to stay alive, especially after they find
something in the hold that they hadn't expected?
I first thought this was going to be a Crocodile Dundee
situation but practical Mackenzie turns out not to be an
expert on bush survival, and he happens to be gay, and now
his life partner has been killed. Abigail is fairly daft
not to change into her flat shoes as soon as she gets them,
and to adjust her makeup. She doesn't know any gay people
and only grudgingly comes to accept her companion's
talents - he's able to cook, for a start. The wildlife is
part of the scenery, from birds to giant frogs, and Abigail
says she hopes her friends never find out what she's had to
do. "They'll be happy you survived," Mackenzie assures
her. "You don't know my friends," says Abigail. High time
this lady had a life change, I think, though I was
sceptical about the length of time they're in the bush.
Kendall Talbot has concentrated on characterisation in the
excellent adult adventure LOST IN KAKADU.
An action adventure novel set in the Australian jungle where
two unlikely people prove just how attractive opposites can
Itís pretentious socialite Abigail Mulhollandís worst
nightmare when her plane crashes into an ancient Australian
wilderness. Things go from bad to downright hellish when
rescuers never come. As she battles to survive in an
environment thatís as brutal as it is beautiful, Abigail
finds herself also fighting her unlikely attraction to
Mackenzie ó another survivor, and a much younger man.
Mackenzie Steel is devastated by his partnerís death in the
crash, the only person with whom he shared his painful past.
Now, as he confronts his own demons, he finds he has a new
battle on his hands: his growing feelings for Abigail, a
woman whoís as frustratingly naÔve as she is funny.
Fate brought them together, but theyíll need more than luck
to escape Kakadu alive. Could the letters of a dead man hold
the key to their survival?