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Blood in the Dust
Blood in the Dust | Bill Swiggs
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'Essential reading for all adventure fans. Honour and courage in the wild and unpredictable Outback.' Wilbur Smith 1853, Victoria, Australia. Five bushrangers led by the murderous outlaw Warrigal Anderson raid a small homestead. When they ride away, nineteen-year-old Toby O'Rourke's life is changed forever. His parents lay dead at his feet and his brother, Patrick, is badly wounded. But Toby O'Rourke is made of steel forged in the hardship of colonial life. Forced into adulthood, he and Patrick will seek to restore the family fortunes and outwit not only the rich businessman who conspired to rob them of their birth right, but the vicious men who murdered their parents . . . For readers of Wilbur Smith, Jeffrey Archer and Bryce Courtenay, as fast-paced adventure story and the winner of the best unpublished manuscript category of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize.
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TheEllieMo
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A tale of two young brothers forced to fend for themselves and grow up quickly after the brutal murder of their parents. The opening scenes are harsh but brilliant, and the depiction of the Australian outback is good, but the story gets a little sluggish and predictable in places. The best later scenes are the ones drawing on the real-life Eureka Rebellion, where the book picks up the pace again. Overall I enjoyed it, but it could be better

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TheEllieMo
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I‘ve been really enjoying this book, but was confused over the timeline. I‘ve just seen why. The book opens (top frame) a few weeks before the theft referred to on the bottom frame. No wonder I‘m confused, the opening should be 1852!! 😯

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TheEllieMo
Blood in the Dust | Bill Swiggs
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My current read (an ARC from #ReadersFirst that I got to a bit late!) is about two brothers making their way in mid 19th century Australia after the brutal murder of their parents. It‘s a little predictable in storyline but the writing is very good, and the characters well drawn; I‘m enjoying it.

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@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Nice choice/ I like being introduced to a new book 😁 (edited) 3mo
arlenefinnigan Good choice! 3mo
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