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Winner of the Best Unpublished Manuscript of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

1853, Victoria, Australia. Five bushrangers led by the murderous outlaw Warrigal Anderson raid a small homestead. When they ride away, 19-year-old Toby O'Rourke's life is changed forever. His parents lay dead at his feet and his brother, Patrick, is badly wounded. 

But Toby O'Rourke is made of steel forged in the hardship of colonial life. Forced into adulthood, he and Patrick will seek to restore the family fortunes and outwit not only the rich businessman who conspired to rob them of their birth right but the vicious men who murdered their parents.... 

©2019 Bill Swiggs (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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"Essential reading for all adventure fans. Honour and courage in the wild and unpredictable Outback." (Wilbur Smith)
 

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Loved it. No crazy story lines. Just a lovely story very well told. Hope Bill Swiggs writes more.

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Blood sweat and dust

Liked the story although for some reason it took a while to settle into it but once into it I felt the pace picked up too. Nothing too much by way of twists or turns but a well written and ultimately engaging story nevertheless.

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A little predictable

The main character Toby was just too good and just too predictable. The female characters were hardly defined. In general, I felt that this book would be a reasonable first novel and would hope that the author improves with the next book. Sorry.