Geoffrey Robert is a New Zealand-born author, journalist and former communications advisor. He is also a father who cares about the state of the planet his children will inherit. He has travelled widely, witnessing first hand the swelling disparities in wealth and influence at the root of many of the world's problems. From the dazzle of Times Square to the clogged alleyways of India, the orderly streets of London to the chaotic bus stations of Kenya, the bountiful swagger of Sydney to the dirt floor poverty of Timor Leste. His love of the outdoors and passion for keeping things natural has taken him to ancient mountain trails in the Sinai, elephant watering holes in southern Africa and to the primeval rainforests of his homeland.
The Alo Release is a thriller exposing the potential for public opinion to be manipulated during an international crisis.
Nine days before the global release of a genetically modified seed coating set to make starvation history, the IT advisor for an environmental group receives a cryptic email from an old friend working for the seed corporation.
The email triggers a frantic manhunt from the glass towers of Los Angeles to the towering rainforests of New Zealand as the corporation’s security chief tries to track down and silence the English IT advisor and his colleagues – an American biologist and New Zealand eco-warrior.
As the clock ticks down to the much-anticipated and highly stage-managed release of the coated seeds, the trio are pitched against ruthless corporate thugs, law enforcement agencies, politicians, journalists and bloggers – and the overwhelming weight of world opinion – as they race to unravel the truth behind the email.