Australian Animal Fantasy Gift Pack by CFX Fitzgerald

Australian Animal Fantasy Gift Pack by CFX Fitzgerald

CFX Fitzgerald

***Price includes shipping across Australia***
  • $87.95
  • Save $36


Australian Animal Fantasy Gift Pack 

CFX Fitzgerald 

1. Wallaby Bruce in the Siege of Sydney

Sydney has been under siege by giant carnivorous animals from the outback for thirty years. In a 1950s-era Australia, Bruce Buckley believes a stone his uncle had taken from Ayers Rock was responsible for unleashing vast magical changes in the wildlife causing most of the country to be overrun. Sydney was only saved due to its new animal allies: boxing kangaroos, diprotodon-sized wombats, friendly koalas, secretive platypuses and laughing kookaburras. Bruce journeys between the various animal groups as they try to work out the cause for the current crisis.

Travelling around Sydney, he explores this city which has undergone many changes since the old days: kangaroos hop along the streets, where they are ridden by humans—the main method of transportation now. These kangaroos hold crowded boxing matches at the SCG, the brutality of which Bruce witnesses personally.

Many humans head out on expeditions into the dangerous lands outside the city, and Bruce crosses paths with one of the worst of these rough characters: Outback Jack, organising his own quest to find some lost opals. While doing so, Jack has his own problems with an atrociously biased kangaroo court and other leaders.

Koalas are now a part of human society, holding important positions, and living throughout the city as the two species work together to try and stay safe from outback foes. Meanwhile wombats have taken over Sydney's underground stations and constructed many other burrows, holding duels to settle disputes, and struggling to fight off underground enemies.

Kookaburras nest along the Harbour Bridge, busy conducting aerial patrols against enemy snakes and birds of prey. Platypus live secretly underwater, and are difficult to contact. Sydney’s beaches are now heavily guarded against attacks from giant creatures of the ocean.

With some distrust and different motivations, Bruce and Jack join forces, visiting the different animal groups, while trying to find out more about the magic surrounding the stone from Ayers Rock.

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count: 194

Internal pages: B&W

2. Bruce, the Kangaroo Rider in the Ayerstone-Opal Expedition

In a 1950s era Australia, Sydney is under siege by giant carnivorous animals from the outback. A new expedition is planned to uncover the secret of the powerful Ayerstone which caused vast magical changes in the wildlife, along with attempting to find a fortune in valuable opals. A meeting is organised and in attendance are the allied leaders of the city: the boxing champion of the kangaroos, the Lord Mayor of the wombats, King Larrikin of the kookaburras, and Prime Minister Koullas of the humans and koalas.

The proposed route of the expedition is explained by a soldier during the briefing: "the consensus is that our best bet's to head through the Blue Mountains to start with, bypassing the thickest concentration of spiders that infest destroyed towns along the main highway. We can also try and make contact with the flying foxes at Jenolan Caves. Afterwards we make our way back through old sheep farms towards Lake George, and pass by the ruins of the former capital. Beyond that's the high country and we'll make for the Snowy River, cross the Murray near its source, then travel through bushland to Wangaratta. We look for the opal collection believed to be in the bank's vault, and whether or not we find them, we'll head back through the bush towards the Dandenong Ranges, on the edge of Melbourne. We skirt around that ruined city southwards, along the coast towards Wilsons Prom. There we'll try and find this stone from Ayers Rock which Bruce's uncle may have hidden. If it's there or not, we'll return by the same route. That's the rough plan, but of course, as we don't know much about what the area is like now, we may need to change it based on what we see out there."

The ten expedition members are comprised of a mixed assortment of humans and animals. 'Wallaby Bruce' Buckley, a 14 year old from the Sutherland Shire, whose uncle removed the Ayerstone thirty years ago. 'Outback Jack' Macdonnell, an adventurer, obsessed with finding the lost opals from Wangaratta. Darren Eagle, an Aboriginal soldier and bush tucker expert. Myles Mulligan, an Army captain and rifleman. Rachel Shearer, a wildlife expert from Taronga. Walter Diggins, a wombat, warrior and wombattalion leader. Larry Larrikin, a kookaburra and guard of King Larrikin. Carlo Koullas, the koala, medic and cousin of the prime minister. Preston Pierce, the platypus, commando with the SAS. Maru Hopper, the grey kangaroo, Bruce's mate from way back.

Together the expedition marches into the dangerous lands outside of Sydney, going through a variety of environments; deep canyons, underground caves, grassy plains, tall forests, snowy mountains and fast moving rivers. The group have adventures dealing with bushfires, floods, storms, bad weather and other forces of nature. They soon find the bushland has many threats, while towns have been destroyed and are now overrun with giant spiders and insects. It seems these changes in the landscape were caused by the piece of Ayers Rock which was removed, which increases their desire to find it. They encounter many animals, both helpful or a hindrance: flying foxes, bats, birds, snakes, lizards and marsupials.

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count:  438

Internal pages: B&W

3. The Platypus Spy

A platypus sets out across the Bass Strait towards the island state of Tasmania, aiming to recover part of the Ayerstone from the former convict prison of Port Arthur. This magical stone has caused certain animals to increase in size, and Preston soon finds many dangers and obstacles. Oceans are swarming with sharks, electric rays and giant squid, while Tasmania has been overrun with vicious devils who are causing havoc for quolls and other native marsupials, ruling from their base atop isolated Cradle Mountain. Half the island belongs to predatory thylacines, who emerged from forest hiding places years before, conquering the capital and surrounding lands. Both dasyurids have formed cruel extremist societies. Preston the platypus must find a way between these carnivores, using his skills at keeping undercover, while seeking new alliances and encountering other dangerous foes.

The semi-aquatic platypus swims through highly contrasting waterways from the rough rapids of the Franklin, to the serenity of Lake Pedder beside its quartzite beach. He visits underwater shipwrecks full of seahorses, plus sponge gardens and kelp forests with weedy sea dragon lairs. Tasmania’s beautiful rivers are also inhabited by crayfish, trout, handfish and galaxias, with their own motivations, instincts and agendas. Other odd and mysterious creatures dwell in remote locations, including velvet worms, pseudoscorpions, stygobites, crickets, tiger cats, owls and more unique birdlife which the platypus has to deal with in different ways.

As Preston explores, he discovers the missing Ayerstone fragment may have caused a strange magic to affect wild places, such as an intricate labyrinth near Lake St. Clair and a bubbling cauldron on the Franklin River. His quest takes him to many scenic locations in remote wilderness: the rugged Overland Track, caves of shining glow worms at Marakoopa, forests of ancient Huon pines, and the lofty dolerite sea cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula. In several towns, human structures provide their own challenges and difficulties, like a deep abandoned gold mine or an apple crate warehouse on the wharf at Beauty Point. Also he searches the cities of Hobart and Launceston for clues, visiting structures taken over by animals: breweries, factories, sports grounds, the state parliament and other buildings. Finally he must scour the gaol complex at Port Arthur to achieve his goal of recovering the Ayerstone.

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count: 444

Internal pages: B&W

 

CFX Fitzgerald on IndieMosh