The story of a family forced from their life as tenant farmers into the uncertainty of life chasing work in far off California is heartbreaking - no wonder it was banned - it showed the "lucky country" as one of destitution for the many and luxury for the few.
This was my first John Lescroat (Dismas Hardy) drama and it has triggered a desire to read others. I am hoping they are just as interesting and worthwhile.
Kokoda held my attention, nourished my intellect and was impossible to walk away from.
Its agenda shone through but it never overwhelmed the narrative.
The life of the Australian soldier (and militiaman) in tropical PNG was depicted with such truth and vitality, no one would question their valour or their worth. That Australia's wartime Commander in Chief (Blamey) publicly chose to do so, shamed him in the eyes of many, then and perhaps forever.
Professor Goldman made me want to go back to the study of Science. His presentation, his knowledge and the love for his subject were obvious in every lecture. This is one lecture series that you cannot put down. I was lost with some of the complex scientific content, but, that just made me want to listen again and go and buy the notes that go with the series.
If it was a hard copy book I would have tossed it in the first refuse bin I came accross. Perhaps I am not suited to the "go to my website........blah blah blah" style. Luckily it was just $4.95
Life for the ordinary Soldier, Slave or Citizen in the world of the Ancients was just a tad above awful. Reading about (hearing about) it was interesting but I made the mistake ( i think) of listening to 5 or 6 lectures at each session.
I will try again in 6 - 12 months and listen again, but only to one lecture per week. (Like a student would.)
Read the Hangman's Daughter first to get a feel for this book.
But even if you dont, this second story in the series will keep you riveted to your kindle or whatever else you use to listen to Grover Gardner, telling Oliver's stories.
I enjoyed very minute!!
I discovered this Author by chance and bought the title as a special. Within a few chapters I was hooked and found it hard to put down. (I will add that Grover Gardner is a favourite of mine also.)
The language , plot and characters are wonderfully woven and describe a period in European life that is long forgotten.
I think the emphasis on ordinary people , their lives , their joys and fears endears me to the Author and his story.
I have already purchased and read the second title - The Dark Monk.
My quest for Nostalgia couldn't help save this. The 60 second long adds for West coast Wine from the middle of last century were appalling. The genius of Conan Doyle's stories was unable to help the awful presentation. Lucky it only went to air once a week - any more often would have had the audience deserting radio for marathon running.
Shamini Flint is definitely worth the read.
We get a loveable but regularly grumpy "cop" along with easily disliked killers from an author that leaves suspects, all over the place.
Quirky and quick its certainly not maudlin at all for a murder mystery.
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