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The power to love, the power to hate, the power to destroy human existence: it's a deadly cocktail. During the darkest days of the Cold War, in the remote wilderness of a South Australian desert, the future of an infant nation is being decided...without its people's knowledge. A British airbase in the middle of nowhere; an atomic weapons testing ground; an army of raw youth led by powerful, ambitious men - a cocktail for disaster. Such is Maralinga in the spring of 1956.
Maralinga is a story of British Lieutenant Daniel Gardiner, who accepts a 12-month posting to the wilds of South Australia on a promise of rapid promotion; Harold Dartleigh, Deputy Director of MI-6 and his undercover operative Gideon Melbray; Australian Army Colonel Nick Stratton; and the enigmatic Petraeus Mitchell, bushman and anthropologist. They all find themselves in a violent and unforgiving landscape, infected with the unique madness and excitement that only nuclear testing creates.
Maralinga is also a story of love; a love so strong that it draws the adventurous young English journalist Elizabeth Hoffman halfway around the world in search of the truth. And Maralinga is a story of heartbreak; heartbreak brought to the innocent First Australians who had walked their land unhindered for 40,000 years. Maralinga ... a desolate place where history demands an emerging nation choose between hell and reason.
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Skilful interweaving of fact and fiction
Good story, shame about the narrator
I have read several books by Judy Nunn, this is up to her good standard which I enjoy. It was almost entirely destroyed by the the narrator Deidre Rubenstein reading it as if it were a bodice ripper romance.
The history of Maralinga was so far from what it was portrayed by the government of the day.The least interesting/annoying part was the way the Lord from MI6 was portrayed as shouting all the time.
It should have been read as a mystery novel not a romance story.
I may look up more about it on the internet.
Just because it was a story from history doesn't mean it's an historical novel.
- Trevor Collins