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Publisher's Summary

In Canberra, a federal election looms and Cassius Calvert, Minister for Border Integrity, is facing a new hard-line policy regarding asylum-seekers. Off the Indonesian island of Dana, Isi Natoli, skipper of the Java Ridge, and a group of Australian surf tourists are anchored beside an idyllic reef. A few kilometres away, Roya and her mother are amongst the passengers fleeing persecution aboard the Talakar. When a storm breaks, these stories collide with chilling consequences....

©2017 Jock Serong (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Serong confirms his talent for multi-layered plot-driven novels that offer a commentary on modern Australia." ( Books + Publishing)

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Riveting and Timely

This is a great book and performance especially considering what is happening across the globe now relative to refugees. Very well done and thought provoking.

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  • Sally Lindsay
  • 08-27-18

Outstanding

A stellar performance of an extraordinary story. Beautifully written and exquisitely narrated. Highly recommended, a must read.

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  • Jenni Clarke
  • 04-25-18

The narrator is fantastic

A wonderful book. Gripping, thought provoking, relevant to all Australians and Lewis Fitz-Gerald brings all the characters to life. I can’t wait to read more books written by Jock Sarong.

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  • Rebecca Siero
  • 09-14-17

Haunting, disturbing but necessary.

The story was immensely haunting, characters were well developed and I felt connected to them all. A relevant topic to all in Australia. A disturbing but necessary reflection on the effects of unwavering border security.

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  • amanda
  • 08-26-17

Hope Jock Seeing never stops writing!

Love this man's books...he never let's the reader down...brilliant reading by Lewis Fitz-Gerald..hard act to follow.

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  • Robin
  • 08-19-17

riveting

powerful imagery, outstanding narration

this story was dramatic, tragic and based on real issues faced in recent years by Australasian governments.