Summary

Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive. Along the way, Hawk meets the outrageous Maggie Pye, who brings love and laughter into his life. But the demons of Tommo's past return to haunt the brothers. With Tommo at his side, Hawk takes on a fight against all odds to save what they cherish most. In the final confrontation between good and evil, three magpie feathers become the symbol of Tommo and Hawk's rite of passage.
©2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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"Narrator Humphrey Bower captures each character, making listeners forget that one majestic voice creates the various natives, the Irish, the English, and people of all ages. Few will fail to be enthralled by this adventure saga, which skillfully captures history while keeping listeners glued to their earphones." ( Audiofile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Khonsu on 03-04-18

A pleasant surprise

I didn't know if I'd like this book. Being the follow-up to The Potato Factory I thought I may have had enough of this story.

Expertly told by Bryce Courtenay, this follows the growing up of Tommo & Hawk and the trials and tribulations of whale fishing, wars against the British in New Zealand, opium addiction, bare fist fighting, racism, sexism, prostitution... all in a days work for Bryce.

The clever use of each character having their own chapters helped you to explore the two different personalities.

The story flowed effortlessly and was superbly narrated, as always, by Humphrey Bower. You felt you were in the characters head.

Nicely left at the end for a sequel.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dean on 18-09-17

Compelling.

The book itself is a must read and compelling novel of love, hate and sadness.
The man who brings this story to life, is narrator Humphrey Bower, who is with out doubt the world's best narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Angie on 01-05-07

Brillant Narration

The narration in this book is wonderful. I became entranced in the many different characters with many different accents. The story was excellent, but I have to say, as with the Potato Factory, I felt the story just stopped. Although both books pick up where the other left off, I sort of wanted an end of Tommo and Hawk"s story at the end of the book. However, it just gave me more reason to immediatly start the third book, Solomon's Song and find out what happened to the family next.

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20 of 20 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Donald on 23-02-07

'Excellent'

This is by far to date the best listenening experience I've had since joining Audible. The
author is now on my top 10 list and the narration
was spectacular. It was very difficult to turn off my audio player because I would close my eyes
and feel like I was in another place & time.

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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