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Scrublands

Narrated by: Dorje Swallow
Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In Riversend, an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest steps out of his church and calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself. 

A year later, troubled journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend to write a feature on the anniversary of the tragedy. But the stories he hears from the locals about the priest and incidents leading up to the shooting don't fit with the accepted version of events his own newspaper reported in an award-winning investigation. Martin can't ignore his doubts nor the urgings of some locals to unearth the real reason behind the priest's deadly rampage. 

Just as Martin believes he is making headway, a shocking new development rocks the town, which becomes the biggest story in Australia. The media descends on Riversend, and Martin is now the one in the spotlight. His reasons for investigating the shooting have suddenly become very personal. 

Wrestling with his own demons, Martin finds himself risking everything to discover a truth that becomes darker and more complex with every twist. But there are powerful forces determined to stop him, and he has no idea how far they will go to make sure the town's secrets stay buried.

©2018 Chris Hammer (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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A POWERFUL BOOK

Drawn to it like a magnet gripping ,powerful. If u are Australian grown up in the bush during the drought, this book transports u right back there in the heat people smells feelings and hard ship. Combine it with a sophisticated crime or 2 and you are caught. Un able to stay away from it like a must have long drink of water.
Narrator was perfect for this Australian book a great combination.
promotional material on internet is a wow factor and gives foundations to the town .looking forward to another.

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best book I have ever listened to

I have been with audible for 2 years and most enjoy this genre. this book was the best I have listened to. well layered story, constantly unfolding intrigue that is not too far fetched, great imagery of rural australia (I grew up rurally), insight into reporting and characters that were multidimensional. I cant wait for his next book. also expertly narrated and perfect voice for the book. 10/10

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Scublands a 5 star listen

Absolutely loved this book. An Australian classic. Lots of twists and turns. Cant wait to hear more from this author.

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Good

I enjoyed this book. I seem to prefer Australian books with Australian narrators. The scene is well set and gives you a good idea what Marin looks at when he arrives in town and throughout the story. I had many questions, and they were all answered at the end. I recommend this book.

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slow start, brilliant ending

The beginning of the story seemed a little slow. it didn't give any hint of the amazingly complex nature of the story to come. The narrator was extremely skilled and the story line was intriguingly compelling. I'm sad to leave Riversend, such a close knit and caring community, but not without its demons.

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tour de force!a

loved this. one of the best books ive read this year. a deep mystery among the greatest character of all-the Australian outback. well written..engrossing.

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It’s a cracker

Great Aussie story that keeps you guessing. Interesting characters and good story line. Nicely narrated. It’s a ripper.

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Excellent

Best audiobook I have listened too.Description of the hardships people have in the country especially the bushfires made you feel you were there.Great plots , couldn’t stop listening to it.Thank you Chris Hammer

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Kept me awake on long drives

Enjoyed the twists and their coming together at the end, though at times everything happening in one small town was a bit unrealistic.

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Lots of twists and turns.

Really enjoyed this book, the characters were realistic and descriptions of the riverina spot on. Full of surprises to the end.