In Australia in 2010, "drug barons" of considerable influence in the community rule the roost, prompting the government to commission an elite force known as the Strategic Intelligence Service to combat the country's current state of affairs. The S.I.S., commanded by Major Hutchinson, was allocated the decommissioned Silverwater Jail as his H.Q., and emergency powers to cut through the red tape. The group's goal is to eradicate the drug barons by covertly abducting them and sending them where they could do no harm, using their confiscated bank accounts to finance rehabilitation centres for addicts, and dispatching their teenage drug dealer gangs to an education programme in the Simpson Desert. Camps to house and educate siblings are commissioned to hold the children until their parents are ready to reassume responsibility. Everything was working as planned, until a group of siblings are kidnapped en route to a reunion with their parents at Florinda Ridge. The ransom demands the drug barons' release and the return of their funds within six days, or the captives will be pulverized. When Major Hutchinson discovers there's a mole in his ranks, the fate of the hostages becomes critical, and the rule book goes out the window. The major has to solve these problems by using the very people he was being paid to protect.
Now retired, Antoine Balzac was born in England and currently calls New South Wales, Australia his home. This is the first of his trilogy of Australian adventure novels - Hell! Hope! & Heroes! Trilogy. Publisher's website: http://sbpra.com/AntoineBalzac