The back cover blurb about the book is: "What happens if your family is the last left alive? The Chatfield family - one half living in the UK, the other in New Zealand - found out the stark realities of survival after a deadly pandemic swept across the world. Now escaping the repressive regime at Haver Hall in the UK, a group sails back to the southern hemisphere. Stopping in South Africa and then Australia, they are faced by unexpected dangers but also the hope that there might be other survivors. What awaits them in New Zealand, though, is even more challenging. And can those left in the UK survive each other? An exciting page-turner that keeps surprising . . . up to the last page."
BLOOD BOND follows on from events in BLOOD LINE (also sold under the title THE CRUCIAL GENE), which has recently been picked up by one of Germany's largest publishers (where it will be sold under the title STUNDE NULL, meaning "zero hour").
Green, a successful computer consultant and professional speaker who splits his time between New Zealand and Europe, lives on his yacht, Raconteur, based in Gulf Harbour, and uses his writing as a fundraising vehicle for the charity LifeLine. He has recently been writing the final part of the trilogy.
Both books will be available for sale at the function, with the author donating all his royalties to LifeLine (which provides free 24-hour phone counselling to people in need). Sales of BLOOD LINE have already raised $12,000. In addition, the book will be able to be bought through the LifeLine website, with $10 of every sale made before 29 September also going to the charity.
You can see Green's explanation for why he donates his book proceeds to LifeLine, at this page from last year's NZ Book Month blog. You can read more about the work of LifeLine at: http://www.lifeline.org.nz/ It sounds like a great event, for a good cause as well as the launch of a new Kiwi thriller (which would be reason enough to attend in of itself).