Author David McGill's 52nd book is a work of historical fiction, though one that explores the real people and real events surrounding New Zealand's own inventor of a ‘death ray’ device.
In June 1935 Takapuna inventor Victor Penny was attacked by foreign agents seeking what the newspapers dubbed a ‘death ray’. The government secretly shifted him to Somes Island in Wellington harbour to develop the weapon, where he was surounded by armed guards instructed to shoot unidentified visitors, and paid to conduct his experiments in secure isolation.
Victor worked on his device on Somes Island for around six months, before the work was shut down by the incoming government. The full details of what Victor Penny was working on is still unknown, wit...