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Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2 | [Bryce Courtenay]

Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2

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.
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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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Joyce PALM HARBOR, FL, United States 12-29-12
    Joyce PALM HARBOR, FL, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Best series I have read in a long long time."

    This was the best of the series. All though I loved the whole lot Tommo and Hawk were incredible. Of coarse without Whale Boat they would not be possible. She was such an amazing character in the Potato Factory that I kept her with me through Tommo and Hawk.
    I was sorry to have to read the end of this powerful trilogy. Some times you read a book and a week later the story is gone from your mind and some are indelible and leave the ghost to stay with you for all times. This was one of those books you never forget and always want to read again.

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    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 12-27-12
    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 12-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fabulous Second Installment"

    Tommo and Hawk starts with the return of Tommo and ends with the departure of Tommo. In between is the description of the unlikely twins' coming of age and finding themselves.

    As usual, Bryce Courtenay has written a gripping epic novel which is masterfully researched. The description of whaling is brought to life and is utterly gripping and gruesome.

    I was a little afraid that the story of joining the Maori and fighting in New Zealand might become too political and preachy, but as usual, Bryce Courtenay handles things deftly. And as always he sets up scenarios and characters which recur later in the series.

    Getting reacquainted with Billy Lanney was a nice surprise, for example. Getting reacquainted with Sparrow Fart was not such a nice surprise.

    This middle book chronicles a roughly four-year period when the twins leave Mary and become whalers and then join the Maori before returning to Australia. Back in Australia, Hawk meets a courtesan named Maggie Pye and falls in love with her. Tommo unfortunately falls victim to the opium pipe and the clutches of the nefarious Sparrow Fart. In a sense, Hawk grows in this book while Tommo withers. Unfortunately, Tommo is so haunted by his time in the wilds when he was kidnapped as a boy that he cannot escape his demons.

    Toward the end it finally appeared as though things were going to go well for Mary, Tommo, Hawk and Maggie Pye. But as always, fortune has other plans in store.a

    The book again has a Dickensian flavour, although not in the same way as the Potato Factory. But the ending of the book has the flavour of A Tale of Two Cities, and the sacrifice made by Sydney Carton is similar to that made by Tommo.

    Tommo and Hawk is lush and well-written and full of derring-do and acts of heroism. Life in Australia at the gold mining camps is brought to life in all its seedy realism. This is another book with gritty descriptions of the life and times in the early colonization of Australia.

    As always, Humphrey Bower brilliantly narrates the story. His ability as a narrator is I think unparalleled. Bower is an absolute genius.

    I don't understand the negative reviews of this book. I read and listen to a lot of books, and I would put the Australian trilogy at or near the top of my listening list. I often get antsy toward the middle and end of an audiobook, wishing for the end, but that is never the case with any of these books. I have now finished the entire series, and it still resonates. I think I might pick it back up and start again with the Potato Factory.

    I was saddened to hear of Bryce Courtenay's passing in November. Now I have to go and get more of his works.

    Tommo and Hawk does not suffer from the sophomore curse. Nor does it contain excessive or overly graphic content. Whatever graphic content is in the book is necessary to the story. The description of whaling and life aboard a whaling ship is probably more graphic than anything even remotely sexual in the books. Courtenay does not shy away from descriptions of floggings and brutal treatment at the hands of men (and nature). But it all adds to the story and is well done.

    This is definitely worth 5 stars in every category and well worth the credit. It would even be worth paying for at full list price.

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    Peggy 12-12-12
    Peggy 12-12-12
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    "waste of time and money"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    another book.


    Has Tommo and Hawk turned you off from other books in this genre?

    only in this series


    What three words best describe Humphrey Bower’s performance?

    narrator was actually pretty good but what he had to say was too disgusting to listen to most of the time. kept fast forwarding to find something reedeming about the book. his accents, especially Ikey(Fagan) was Ron Moody perfect.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disgust


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Coopersburg, PA, United States 12-11-12
    Barbara Coopersburg, PA, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Second in series - great!"
    Would you try another book from Bryce Courtenay and/or Humphrey Bower?

    I read the first in the trilogy and finished the second one - Great characterization and storytelling. Life was hard in Austrailia - no holds barred in this novel.


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    Kristy 12-11-12
    Kristy 12-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book! Looking forward to the next one!"
    Where does Tommo and Hawk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books I've listened to. The writing is wonderful, so discriptive that it's easy to imagine each scence. The performance by Humphrey Bower was awesome. Each character had a distinct voice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending was a surprise. Wont say more.


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    horslovr 12-01-12
    horslovr 12-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Another fantastic read from Bryce!"

    I have read several of Bryce Courtenay's books and have enjoyed them all, and this one is no exception. Without telling you the story, it is a story about two twin brothers coming of age amidst great misfortune in their lives and of the powerful bond that siblings, especially twins, can have.

    It was a very interesting read which kept me engaged the entire time, Bryce makes you care about these characters and want to know what happens next in their lives. The only thing that could be a negative for me is that I felt that the story ended a bit abruptly for my taste.

    I must also mention Humphrey Bower, he was BORN to read Bryce Courtenay's books; so perfect and talented in every way.

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    David COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 11-19-12
    David COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2012

    David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna

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    "Boring"

    I really like Bryce Courtney. My favorite of his books are The Power of One & Four Fires. However, I have not been very impressed with The Australian Trilogy. I read the first book, The Potato Factory, and I found it fairly dull and the book lost my interest several times and I had to stop and then start again. The ending was interesting however, so I decided to try book 2, Tommo & Hawk. That's where Bryce Courtney lost me. I won't be trying book 3. I was so bored with the general storyline of Tommo & Hawk. I think he had a fairly good idea for a trilogy but not enough matterial to keep the story moving. Very slow...very boring.

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    Margaret Australia 11-12-12
    Margaret Australia 11-12-12
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    "Great follow up to The Potato Factory"
    Would you listen to Tommo and Hawk again? Why?

    Yes definately. Humphrey Bower really brings the story to life


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary. She turned her life around completely. She's smart and controlling of every situation that crosses her path. Her whole life seems jinxed. She handles everything in style.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Humphrey Bower does all the characters well. Sparrow and Billy gone queer were exceptionaly well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. That caused problems for me because I sat up most of the night two nights in a row trying to keep my eyes open.


    Any additional comments?

    I love to read every night before going to sleep. Bryce Courtenay's books are so heavy to hold while reading in bed. Audible books are a really great way to go. Humphrey Bower really brings them to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annie 11-11-12
    Annie 11-11-12 Member Since 2014

    Rather adorable.

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    "The dynamic duo"

    I am talking about Bryce and Humphrey (but I guess the same could be said about Tommo and Hawk). Love this one two punch bang bang combo. It's a knock out every time.

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    Roswatheist Dexter, New Mexico, United States 10-02-12
    Roswatheist Dexter, New Mexico, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "It was okay..."
    Where does Tommo and Hawk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Roughly in the lower-middle.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More Mary Abacus.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    TMI-don't wanna give spoilers.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not the best sequel you'll ever see.


    Any additional comments?

    Other reviewers complained about too much sex. Honestly, considering that the two main characters are young adult men, there weren't very many sex scenes.

    The narrarator was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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