Trochus Against the Odds is a story of one man’s dream to make an equitable life for himself and his family. After being forced out of his previous livelihood, Warren Hill recovers a wrecked vessel considered to be near-unsalvageable, intending to transform it into a vessel tailor-made for collecting trochus shells off the Queensland coast.
The salvage and rebuild of the vessel is only the start. From the time the boat was launched, obstacles are thrown from numerous directions making it near impossible to get the boat to sea. A simple business venture becomes a lightning rod for unwanted attention from enemies unknown. And things only get worse after the vessel makes its maiden voyage as the Lara Star.
The story of the Lara Star is one of great dreams and determination, but also one of greed and corruption. Banks, the local police force and politicians could be either friend or foe. It’s a story of sabotage, extortion and attempted murder – a compelling maze of events so random it’s almost unbelievable.
It all happened in a Central Queensland coastal city. Unfortunately, it is all true.
Trochus is a great read, a complex story with twists and turns but many thoughtful insights into the motivation of human behaviour.- David Crawford, author
This a great story and a great book, told by an equally great human being. It's a story of ambition, commitment, relentless pursuit of an objective in the different world of North QLD and about the people of North QLD. Read it and be a part of it.- David Brown, Brown & Partners Solicitors
I have never read a book like this. It provides an accurate, detailed picture of the overwhelming hazards faced by an entrepreneur. This book is better than any recent crime novel I have read by an Australian author – hard to put down at times because of the unfolding betrayals suffered by Hill and his wife as they tenaciously carried on.- John Kerin, Minister for Primary Industry 1983-1991