The Alo Release is an international novel, transporting readers to settings as diverse as the Chateau de Rambouillet southwest of Paris and a parched rice field near Mandawa in Rajasthan, India.
The book opens in downtown Los Angeles in offices near Pershing Square, and returns to the city throughout for critical scenes in a federal courthouse, a suite in the Biltmore Hotel, a biotech lab in Pasedena, the hip Alcove Café, and for hors d’oeuvres at the Hotel Bel-Air.
In New Zealand readers will pass through (in no particular order) the major metropolitan centres of Auckland, post-earthquake Christchurch and the capital city of Wellington.
Smaller centres featured include the tiny fishing village of Ngawi in the Wairarapa, Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula, the former mining town of Ross on the West Coast of the South Island, the ‘cultural capital’ of Rotorua, Whitcombe Pass – a little-known route across the Southern Alps, the beach resort of Whangamata, the art deco city of Napier, and Te Urewera National Park – famed for its stunning lakes, forests and turbulent history.
As the storyline races towards the global release of Alo, scenes capture important developments at Central Park in New York, a relief camp in southern Somalia, a Sunday market in Ghana, the Plaza Dorrego in Buenos Aires, the Edwards Airforce Base in California, Lake Turkana in Kenya, the Rajpath in Delhi, Tiananmen Square and the Park Hyatt in Beijing, and Wembley Stadium in London.