Tatlow tells an enthralling tale
MICHAEL Tatlow’s latest book, Pike’s Pyramid, is a story of intrigue, international terrorism, big business corruption, excitement and tension, set largely in Tasmania.
Tatlow is a well- known author and Tasmanian journalist. In his latest work, he has no doubt succeeded in entertaining his readers. I found I could not put it down, wanting to know what was going to happen next.
It is a fast- moving novel and what makes it of greater interest is that much of the action takes place in Stanley, on the North- West Coast, making it all recognisable and plausible.
The centre character is Blarney Pike, a no- nonsense tough bloke who is nonetheless honest and certainly brave.
Pike has been married for a year to the feminine and attractive Alex.
This is his second marriage, and he has two children living in Sydney.
Alex’s parents are of Czech origin, and this is where the action first takes place.
The couple are part of an international organisation called Argo and it is obvious which pyramid group it is modelled after, however the real business is not involved in money laundering, armaments and drug dealing.
The head of Pike’s network in Tasmania is a Professor Richard De Groote.
The supreme head of Argo, which has more than 200 products, from laundry powder to cars, is Abraham Harbek, who runs the empire from the US.
Unknowing to those who have been recruited by Argo across the world, its corruption is uncovered by Jack Summons, a journalist friend of Pike, while they are in the Czech Republic visiting Alex’s parents and recruiting for Argo.
Summons is brutally murdered after apparently discovering the enormous corruption within the organisation and its involvement with the mafia and al- Qa’ida
It’s a long story, but after a few close shaves the Pikes return to Stanley, where they learn what Summons discovered.
The pace quickens and Stanley becomes a centre of much criminal and counter- criminal activity
The tale could end up being confusing but Tatlow handles it well, however the reader has to be alert to keep track of all the various characters that come into the story.
It is a good yarn.