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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Bryce Courtenay wins again

Tommo and Hawk are compelling characters and their continued story makes a great distraction.

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Almost as good as the first book

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This part of the story is quite a different one compared to the story of the first book in this series but it is just as good. This book is written in 1st person with the twins telling the story themselves. I am not sure if I find this good or bad but it is definately a difference that makes this book a little less attached to the first volume. I miss Ikey in this one.

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Too DARK for my liking...

If you’ve listened to books by Bryce Courtenay before, how does this one compare?

The gloomy successor to The Potato Factory was a disappointment.

Do you think Tommo and Hawk needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not unless its more upbeat than T&H.

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Great performance but story was too long

Unlike the first book in this series, I found that this story was too long and, at times I wished that I could fast forward. Even so, the performance was very good.

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A bloody decent yarn!

Brilliant author, brilliant reading, brilliant characters, brilliant story!
I feel like I am transported to those times in history!

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  • James
  • SENECA, SC, United States
  • 02-24-17

great story and reader

loved it, narration is the best that audible has. don't miss this one, wish there was more to the ending

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Great narration

Probably the best narrator I have heard in 3 years of listening. The story is wonderful also

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not up to Book1

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I don't know. It's a good story, but Ikey is missing for most of the book and Mary is in the background. These two characters gave life to Book1. In Book 2 the twins often seem like game pieces whose purpose is to push the plot along.

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  • Pete
  • Titusville, FL, United States
  • 11-26-16

great sequel. starting the 3rd right away

great story about dedication to family and friends in the best and worst of times. absolutely love the narrator he is by far my favorite.

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Bryce is the best

great story well read and very entertaining everyone should give this book a try it's well worth the time