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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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    Yonatan Haroush 05-05-12
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    If you could sum up Tommo and Hawk in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent, enjoyable, fantastic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie Pie-- such an odd character that had life to her. You could feel her pain and her joys.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just as perfect as the rest


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

    Two brothers, yet so different as the color of their skin.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had listened to book one instead of read it. Just wonderful!

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    Jana Brooks 10-20-11
    Jana Brooks 10-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved the story, hated the ending"

    I loved this story and the characters, but I really hated the ending. I will go on to the sequel, Solomon's Song however and hope and pray that it ends better than Tommo and Hawk.

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    Garrisonjim summerfield, NC, United States 09-12-11
    Garrisonjim summerfield, NC, United States 09-12-11
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    "My New Favorite Narrator"
    Where does Tommo and Hawk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    You have to start with The Potato Factory, listen to it first. After that 5 star listen you will want to immediately listen to this one. It does not disappoint. Until I started listening to this story my favorite narrator was Frank Muller. He took Grisham, Stephen King and Pat Conroy's masterpieces to another level. I thought no one could top his ability. The combination of Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower has taken audio books may pass that level. I've spent hundreds of hours listening to audio books, this series is my favorite by far.


    What other book might you compare Tommo and Hawk to and why?

    This is a history of Australia told and performed by a stellar team of artists. Bryce writes like Charles Dickens. You really could compare his writing to classics like Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, etc.


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

    Ikey Solomon is my favorite character from an audio book. Humphrey Bower nails this character.


    Who was the most memorable character of Tommo and Hawk and why?

    Both Tommo and Hawk are memorable


    Any additional comments?

    The story has many layers that are easy to keep track of. The writing is superb and the characters are etched in your memory for all time. This is one hell of a tale. Very much worth a credit.

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    Kathleen Wailuku, HI, United States 09-02-11
    Kathleen Wailuku, HI, United States 09-02-11 Member Since 2003
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    "peters out"

    I am always disappointed when I read one of Bryce Courtenay's sequels. The first books (and I've read and loved several so far) have been excellently written, with fully-realized characters and interesting stories. They always end with a hook and a bit of a question: "What happened then?" But try as he might, none of Bryce Courtenay's excellent first books are ever matched by their sequels. In fact, it's as if he turns the writing of them over to another writer, someone who is not his match and fails miserably to deliver. My advice is to read the first of his books and forget any sequels. No matter how much you wonder what happened with the characters, how it all worked out, you will be disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Coltman 08-23-11
    Ian Coltman 08-23-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Part 2 of the trilogy"

    Even better than the Potato Factory. Have grown with the characters, laughed and cried. Now for the last one.

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    sjohn Meridian, MS, United States 06-09-11
    sjohn Meridian, MS, United States 06-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Had to continue the story..."

    The Potato Factory is definitely the best of this trilogy, but the last two novels are still worthy listens. Love these characters.

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    Kimberly FL USA 05-06-11
    Kimberly FL USA 05-06-11 Member Since 2006

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    "Tommo and Hawk"

    What a story! Due to the previous reviews and the synopsis I won???t go into what this was about; instead I wanted to add my views of how much I like Bryce Courtney and the narrator Humphrey Bower. What a combination. Mr. Bower is a master of acting ??? in narration ??? and if he ever becomes a huge video star his talents would be missed. Mr. Courtney is a master story teller of things I know/knew little of. In his preface he notes that the surroundings and personalities were accurate; with that in mind and having little else to go on, he painted quite an existence. As with most history, women are constantly victims and those who choose not to be, are very interesting people indeed. Get the series ??? each book could stand on their own but one without the other would miss a lot. I will listen to the series again.

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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 02-01-11
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 02-01-11 Member Since 2009
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    "On to book three of the trilogy."

    The writing and narration combination is easily 5 star. These are stand alone books though. You must go on to the next book in the trilogy with the ending of Tommo and Hawk forcing ones hand to purchase the next. Still, if you understand that you have committed to the trilogy when you start reading Potato Factory, you will enjoy the wide ranging epic tale of the Solomon clan. Looking forward to book 3.

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    Elizabeth L. Vitale USA New England 12-22-10
    Elizabeth L. Vitale USA New England 12-22-10 Member Since 2005

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    "My favorite of the Trilogy"

    I love these characters, & the story in this middle book of the Australian Trilogy. And I love how Humphrey Bower narrates their voices -- the incredible story continues, & the characters become more & more endearing & inspiring as the story continues.

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    Carolyn Salt Lake City, UT, United States 09-07-10
    Carolyn Salt Lake City, UT, United States 09-07-10 Member Since 2003
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    "A fan no more"

    I have read several of Courtenay's books and always pushed my inner literary critic aside because I love that he has worked so hard to pull kids into reading. It's a nobel passion and I fully support it. I was so excited to learn that there was a trilogy from the Potato Factory that I immediately downloaded Tommo and Hawk. Good read until the totally lame and counter-to-the-smart-women he professed to develop ending. I won't be downloading part three.

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