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Educational ,enthralling and a pleasure to read
on 14 July 1999
Bryce Courtenay has a passion for humanity that I have never ever seen in contemporary fiction. Tommo and Hawk are such brilliantly defined characters and their whole universe is so meticulously researched and so lovingly portrayed, that not only is this book a good story (the way stories used to be good) but it is also very educational and more than a little thought provoking. Anyone who is familiar with "Power of One" will once again experience the absolute torrent of emotions that has become the norm when reading one of his books. This book is about two brothers coming of age together in a very violent land (Australia and New Zealand in the 1860'S) and coming to terms with their own demons while trying to survive the actions of a misguided bible bashing sea Captain, a war,a murder conviction, an unscrupulous gambler and worst of all their own brutal past. All this plays out against a landscape that you can tell the author is knowledeable about and cares for very deeply. Although this no "Power of One" (it's difficult not to compare), Bryce Courtenay writes with a passion and an authority that takes you places and shows you things you forgot were possible. And after all, isn't that what a good book is supposed to do?