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Great story

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Reviewed: 21-11-2020

Life in the outback in the second half of the last century. The story told from the perspective of a child through to his adulthood ran smoothly for the author, if not from the boys point of view. I felt the story finished too soon. The ending was abbreviated, as though the deadline for completion caught up with the author.

Another good read

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Reviewed: 21-11-2020

I enjoyed all three of these books. I hope there is more. Paul, the rural cop is genuine, despite his past, and works well in this rural setting with little reward or recognition from his superiors. Is there no forgiveness? His community, on the whole, appreciate him. There is always people who think you never do enough in your job, no matter what, and this makes the series so believable. Garry Disher writes so you believe you are on the journey with the story.

Main characters too complex

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-2020

Ronnie is so damaged from her past she needs help from a psychiatrist. Mat isn’t much better. Manipulation from too many people - Marian, Ronnies mother, Fiona... I read the story to the end because I like Australian stories and can relate to the setting.

This is Wilbur Smith at his best!

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Reviewed: 18-11-2020

I read WS’s books in my younger days. They seemed to be the same after awhile and I stopped. This book will have me looking at his books again. It was educational about Africa during the war. Australians are fed a diet of Gallipoli ad nauseum. It’s good to read about issues of other countries and how the power block tried to manipulate situations to their own advantage. Nothing much has changed since...

The past can bite!

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Reviewed: 18-11-2020

An interesting island crime story. I came to the conclusion that people will live anywhere regardless of the place, the weather, or the isolation. We are so adaptable. Tyler featured well in this story and his bumbling and the results had me roaring with laughter! I can relate to his motion sickness. It is not pleasant and people who do not suffer, have no idea how debilitating it is. The island characters were typical. Those that belonged but didn’t have enough to occupy their time, those that came to escape, those that had generational pull...

Not a bedtime listen!!

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Reviewed: 18-11-2020

This was scary. Mr Whisper was not a nice man! I could feel myself tensing up at times waiting for the inevitable. The trauma and torture the team was put through was not pretty and it’s little wonder that it took them a long time to recover afterwards. I should have realised as soon as I saw the book cover....

A “Social Butterfly” she was not!

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Reviewed: 18-11-2020

Given the upbringing Elena had, of an ultra rich pampered -beyond -belief lifestyle, it’s little wonder that she thought she deserved everything she desired with impunity. However she wasn’t unscathed by it all. She was used and abused as well. Cesca was the ideal person to write Elena’s memoirs. She was astute and clever. The setting was grand, the city ancient. I really liked the book as it was different.

I hope there’s more!

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Reviewed: 18-11-2020

These books were so-o good! The series just got better and better. I loved the humour and the genuine comradeship of. the team. Each person a genuine character. The reading of the books by Angus King was excellent. The above summation tempered the gruesomeness of what they had to endure in the line of their job.

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Recovery of self

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Reviewed: 14-11-2020

Tragic circumstances and how the past redirected the future of a whole group of people. The setting was truly Australian and brought back memories of living in a marginal farming climate in western NSW. Definitely not a lifestyle many managed to get past 6 months, let alone years.

Deals with a common problem in marriage

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-2020

Infidelity causes so much heartache. It’s a pity people don’t think of their partner and how it would feel if the situation was reversed before going there. It destroys trust and there is no proper recovery from it. It’s worse when children are involved. Single parent families, shared parenting- nothing really works ...

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