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Publisher's 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.
©1997 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2000 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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Critic Reviews

"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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By Angie on 05-01-07

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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By Donald on 02-23-07

'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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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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By Dean on 09-18-17

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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By Paul D on 07-13-17

Brilliant

Loved it, second installment, bring on the next. Already downloaded but taking a break as I don't want to finish it!

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By Lynnette Dyer on 08-09-17

Riveting cant wait for book 3

Exciting, funny, brave and a wonderful story. Make sure you've read book 1 first. History is real and factual - a great melding of fact and fiction. Narrator does a wonderful job, clear and spell binding. Helps me understand my NZ history, and the settling of Australia.

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By Johan on 05-09-17

Fabulous

What an enjoyable story and amazing narrator.

The historic elements were very intriguing and I loved the characters.

A must listen

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