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Publisher's Summary

In Canberra, a federal election looms and Cassius Calvert, Minister for Border Integrity, is facing a new hard-line policy regarding asylum-seekers. Off the Indonesian island of Dana, Isi Natoli, skipper of the Java Ridge, and a group of Australian surf tourists are anchored beside an idyllic reef. A few kilometres away, Roya and her mother are amongst the passengers fleeing persecution aboard the Talakar. When a storm breaks, these stories collide with chilling consequences....

©2017 Jock Serong (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Serong confirms his talent for multi-layered plot-driven novels that offer a commentary on modern Australia." ( Books + Publishing)

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The narrator is fantastic

A wonderful book. Gripping, thought provoking, relevant to all Australians and Lewis Fitz-Gerald brings all the characters to life. I can’t wait to read more books written by Jock Sarong.

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Outstanding

A stellar performance of an extraordinary story. Beautifully written and exquisitely narrated. Highly recommended, a must read.

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Haunting, disturbing but necessary.

The story was immensely haunting, characters were well developed and I felt connected to them all. A relevant topic to all in Australia. A disturbing but necessary reflection on the effects of unwavering border security.

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Hope Jock Seeing never stops writing!

Love this man's books...he never let's the reader down...brilliant reading by Lewis Fitz-Gerald..hard act to follow.

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riveting

powerful imagery, outstanding narration

this story was dramatic, tragic and based on real issues faced in recent years by Australasian governments.

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  • Jac
  • 12-12-2020

Excellent book read poorly

A great story. But....
The audiobook reader keeps changing his volume. Volume up, down, down, up again and so on. This made listening to it in the car problematic as I had to turn the volume the opposite way to him to hope to hear the content.
Yes, I understand how audiobook readers use volume as part of their armamentarium but not like this. I’ve listened to many hours of excellent audiobooks and this is far from that.
Disappointing.
Recommendation:
Buy the book, forget this audiobook.

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What a ride - intense and gripping.

Jock Serong is an accomplished writer - and this, my second book from this author, did not disappoint.
It is a story for our times and very challenging in it's subject matter. It never takes the high road and you're on this journey with all the characters and their many flaws.
In my opinion this author's endings are some of the most satisfying I've read. I can't wait to hit Play on my next Jock Serong book. (He leaves Tim Winton in his dust IMHO).

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Poor narration

Great story but the narrator used volume to help create atmosphere and emotion and listening to this while driving was frustrating and left gaps in the story, you were constantly required to turn the volume up and down to try and hear the narration
, the story was great the listening was terrible

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Every Australian would be wise to read.

Very captivating and hard to put down. Very challenging and believable concepts. Question our leaders.

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  • Ted
  • 10-03-2020

Absorbing

Great story,very prescient and almost too close for comfort to reallity
The naration must have been seemless as I was not aware that I was being 'read' to

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  • Franciska Bujdos
  • 06-11-2019

Terrible waste of precious credit

I found the story reviews intriguing so I have bought the book, but now I wish I hadn't. The plot is unbearably dull and predictable, the characters two-dimensional (if that).
What made me struggle through half of it is the narrator - he did an amazing job of a book way unworthy of his talents.

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  • Paul in NoVa
  • 17-07-2018

Riveting and Timely

This is a great book and performance especially considering what is happening across the globe now relative to refugees. Very well done and thought provoking.

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