author-and-book-coverHigh praise for The Alo Release

What if something widely touted to save millions of people might be a scam, or even worse?

Ngaio Marsh Awards judging convenor Craig Sisterton says longtime Kiwi journalist (Geoffrey) Robert “takes readers on an entertaining helter-skelter ride with this high concept eco-thriller that fair screams for screen adaptation”.

Nine days before the global release of a ‘miracle’ genetically modified seed coating set to make starvation history, the IT advisor for an environmental organisation in Los Angeles gets a cryptic email from an old friend who works for the seed corporation. Alarms bells start ringing, behind closed doors, and a deadly manhunt ensues as a ‘by any means’ corporate fixer follows a trio of environmentalists to New Zealand in an effort to silence them.

“Robert conjures a propulsive narrative mixing personal and global issues, set against a well-evoked backdrop of rural New Zealand, full of quirky and memorable characters. The Alo Release is a promising debut that can get the pulse racing, and the mind whirring.”

AustCrimeFiction review

“Combining technology… high stakes corruption and media manipulation, with people behaving very badly, it’s the sort of scenario designed to raise the hair on the back of your neck instantly.”
Australia and New Zealand Crime Fiction Reviews
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Reprint and new cover

Cover designerTalented young New Zealand designer and photographer Molly Spink (pictured) has created a new cover for The Alo Release that better represents the unique New Zealand environment so many readers have identified as a feature of the novel. Her cover design has iconic forest ferns grasping at the title.
The new cover appears on ebooks purchased from December 2015, and on paperbacks which can be bought for delivery within New Zealand and Australia through this website.
Details here.


Old Goa pointing
Geoffrey Robert spent most of November 2015 in India, researching several scenes for his second novel. He is pictured discussing the location of a well with a guide at the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa.
See more images from the India research trip.
Smith Review excerpt copy

Book launch in Dili, Timor Leste

International friends, family members and guests joined me for The Alo Release book launch at the Deck Bar of the Discovery Inn in Dili on 1 September. Guests included Timor Leste author Naldo Rei (pictured with Geoffrey Robert). A great night. Thanks to everyone for their support.
See more pictures from the event.
Read the author’s speech.

News spread
The Alo Release: A Genetic Modification Thriller

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.

The Alo Release is a pulsating thriller exposing the potential for public opinion to be manipulated during an international crisis.