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5.0 out of 5 stars
The Lynx Links!, 11 Nov. 2007
Annemarie Allan's debut novel is the worthy winner of the 2007 Kelpies Prize. In common with pervious Kelpies the story has a distinctly Scottish setting.
The story opens at a research laboratory where scientists are experimenting with the hox gene. While his father is in a meeting, twelve year-old Robbie visits the lab's animal house where he comes face to face with a huge wild cat called Baldur - and discovers they share a strange telepathic bond, able to sense each other's thoughts. Realising that Baldur is desperate for freedom, Robbie plans to release the lynx and its mate, then guide them to the safety of the highlands. What follows is a perilous chase through a harsh wintry landscape, with danger only a whisker behind them - and the mysterious truth about his links with the lynx always a tantalizing footstep or two ahead.
HOX combines contemporary science, action adventure, and a wonderfully atmospheric setting ... delivered at a breathless pace that makes it utterly unputdownable. Fantastic!