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

    Say something about yourself!

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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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    Ruth M. Penson Los Angeles, CA United States 05-23-10
    Ruth M. Penson Los Angeles, CA United States 05-23-10 Member Since 2006

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    "Tommo and Hawk (Unabridged)"

    Second in this series is as good as the first!!!
    It's a must read & enjoy!!!

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    Sarah Blenheim, New Zealand 04-10-10
    Sarah Blenheim, New Zealand 04-10-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Brilliant"

    I chose this book because of its New Zealand history and I took a while to subsequently start listening, as I anticipated an emotional rollercoaster. That it was and once I started I couldn't stop. I loved the history and became enfolded into the lives of the major characters. The writing was superb and the narration also. I missed the first in the trilogy, but am back to download the last. I will then no doubt download the first and start listening all over.

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    Eddie Barrack Heights, Australia 12-27-09
    Eddie Barrack Heights, Australia 12-27-09
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    "Solomons Sons Sparkle"

    An absolutely fantastic sequel to the Potato Factory. Bryce Courtenay is a literary magician and once again takes us on an emotional roller coaster as we follow the lives of the X Solomons (Tommo and his brother Hawk) The journey is brought to life with the narration of Humphrey Bower who weaves his genius to create such an authenticity that envelopes the listener to a degree that you feel you are a character in the story observing every event - Fantastic!

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    Dao Cornelia, GA, USA 08-17-08
    Dao Cornelia, GA, USA 08-17-08
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    "Tomo and Hawk"

    Strong and endearing characters. Excellent narration!

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    Stuart Fujisaki Oak Park, California United States 03-11-13
    Stuart Fujisaki Oak Park, California United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2005

    I've been an audio book fan for years and years, since borrowing Books-on-Tape from my local library, buying cassettes from BOT, then migrating to Audible eight years ago. My audio library has become extensive. But still waiting for James Michener's work to get over here.....

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    "Not as interesting as Book 1 of the trilogy"

    Like probably the majority of sequels, this one the second installment of a trilogy, it didn’t live up to the original. Granted the storyline got advanced, but often not in a good way - I found myself not buying in emotionally to the characters or their problems. I think it could have been a much more interesting story had the author expanded on different aspects of the brothers’ travels. Don’t get me wrong, Tommo and Hawk had a lot of good moments. But by the end, I wanted to move on. I didn’t care that Hawk’s fiancée got killed. Actually I got kind of angry that Courtenay pulled the rug out at the last minute for the sole purpose of setting up a cliffhanger ending, thus forcing the reader to buy Part 3 to find out how Part 2 actually ended. I’ll probably eventually get sucked in to find out, but definitely not right away. One thing this story did for me was to open an interest in the Maori people. I have a copy of The Whale Rider which I'm going to re-read right now.....

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    Brenda Acme, Alberta, Canada 12-01-12
    Brenda Acme, Alberta, Canada 12-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Frankly, I found this book extremely boring! I found the first book of the series a bit slow, but this one, I couldn't get past the first 3 chapters


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bryce Courtenay again?

    doubtful


    What three words best describe Humphrey Bower’s voice?

    rich, saving grace


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the narrator was the only thing that kept me listening as long as i did.


    Any additional comments?

    a complete waste of a credit for me. I have tried to return it and have been unable to

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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