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Publisher's Summary

Shortly after 9.30 in the morning, a young man walks into Surf City, Bondi’s newest shopping complex. He’s wearing a dark grey hoodie - and a bomb around his neck.

Just a few minutes later, he is locked in a shop on the upper floor. And trapped with him are four innocent bystanders.

For police chaplain Paul Doherty, called to the scene by Senior Sergeant Boehm, it’s a story that will end as tragically as it began. For this is clearly no ordinary siege. The boy, known as Ali Khan, seems as frightened as his hostages and has yet to utter a single word.

The seconds tick by for the five in the shop: Mitchell, the talented schoolboy; Mouse, the shop assistant; Kimmi, the nail-bar technician; and Roger Callaghan, the real estate agent whose reason for being in Bondi that day is far from innocent.

And, of course, there’s Ali Khan. Is he the embodiment of evil, as the villagers in his Tanzanian birthplace believe? Or just an innocent boy, betrayed at every turn, who just wants a place to call home?

©2021 Caroline Overington (P)2021 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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The summary is more exciting than the book

Good concept, very poor execution. This book might have the potential to be okay on paper, but the audiobook is terrible.

Possibly the most boring protag, not helped at all by the super slow narration. Way too much of the priest and other non relevant happenings.

Story and characters are not exciting or engaging.

Did I mention the supeeerrr slllooowww narratiiooonnn. Not to mention the very non-aussie sounding accents...

Couldn't make it past half way.

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great read

heartbreakingly good, could not stop listening. will definitely listen to more of Caroline Overington. Just wish narrator didn't try to do other voices for differant characters

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Elements of an interesting book

This book could have been excellent, unfortunately it missed the mark, getting lost in unnecessary details instead of focusing on the main story.

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Refugee rant masquerading as a story

This story is merely a coatrack for a pro-refugee tirade. It is full of inaccuracies and errors, for example, an Australian citizen being placed in a refugee detention centre because "there was nowhere else to go". The book will no doubt appeal to some, but Overington should stick to unopinionated fiction.

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  • 03-10-2021

Great story.

Loved the story and the narrator.

Distracting when dialog simulated over phone or loudspeaker or radio.

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  • Tracy Schultz
  • 19-10-2021

Not for me

This book was long and not so interesting. Too much background information on characters and even though I finished it, I never did see the point of the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-2021

Tedious

This was such a tedious story. Every single character, no matter how minor, has a very lengthy backstory. This story could probably have been told in an hour or less if it weren't for that.

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  • Judy Robson
  • 02-10-2021

sad story that needed to be told

i didnt know what to expect but was pleantly surprised.
a must read for anyone who thinks that assylem is a black and white issue, if you excuse the pun. The book is a reminder that people aren't always what they seem.

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  • Lori
  • 01-10-2021

Different

This is the second I've listened to by this author, the first being the Cuckoos Cry and I've found them both to be interesting. This one was not the run of the mill story. It kept me interested and provoked some thought about the actions of some of the characters in the story.
I found some of the narrators characters voices slightly annoying to start but as I got into the story this stopped bothering me.
Worth listening to especially as it is in the plus catalogue and I would listen to another by this author.

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