Line of Fire

  • by Ian Townsend
  • Narrated by David Tredinnick
  • 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's hard to imagine this story as being part of our past, but in 1942, an 11-year-old Australian boy, Richard Manson, and his parents either side of him were shot by the Japanese for suspected spying in Rabaul in Papua New Guinea. Acclaimed Fourth Estate author and award-winning science journalist Ian Townsend has uncovered a fascinating story of World War Two, little known to most Australians. Centring on the hotspot (in every sense) that was Rabaul in World War Two, his account is an intriguing narrative which weaves together Australian history, military conflict and science - with volcanology being the peculiar science which drew the Americans, Japanese and Australians together in conflict in the Pacific in the 1940s - and the story of one ordinary but doomed Australian family. Like The Hare with Amber Eyes, this is a fascinating work of narrative nonfiction, a story of spies, volcanoes, history, conflict and war, set against the romantic, dramatic and ultimately tragic backdrop of Rabaul in World War Two.


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Audible tedium

It's now 26 days since I downloaded this and I'm unsure why I'm still listening, a masochistic streak, perhaps.One clear, tragic incident at the very beginnning and the rest is back-story, today we were back to the Cretaceous period 66 million years ago, I kid you not !The author knows how to thoroughly scrape a given barrel, the things I've learned, maybe that's why i'm still listening, a cult being born, so bad it's good.
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- Patrick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-02-2017
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.