Days of Vengeance

Rated 5.00/5 based on 11 reviews
Johnny B and his Ronin are hell-bent on revenge for the Bali bombings of 2002 and 2004. Coming the other way are fanatical terrorists out to blow Sydney sky-high to stop the Balibo Five inquest from shaming their homeland. But they have reckoned without Mr Mangle, the hard-bitten federal policeman who will stop at nothing to take them down hard. More

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Words: 92,190
Language: Australian English
ISBN: 9781301113170

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Review by: Peter J on May 11, 2013 :
Awesome. Five stars! I imagine this will be on my list of favs forever.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mark Rattigan on Feb. 09, 2013 :
Finished this morning, after hardly being able to put it down in the last couple of days. Thanks Richard. I'll be waiting for more.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: William B on Feb. 08, 2013 :
Was gifted this last month, and have just finished rereading it again. Five stars of awesome!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: 20M on Feb. 01, 2013 :
If you’re looking for the cure for insomnia... keep going. Days of Vengeance will keep you enthralled the whole length.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mirabelle Blake on Jan. 13, 2013 :
Happy to be proved wrong by subsequent works, however after flying through Days of Vengeance, I don't know if I could ever find another book as incredible as this one.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Calliope M on Jan. 04, 2013 :
If at first the “Review” button does not succeed, try and try again...? Nice glitch, suppose it is a great way to give more than five stars ;)

Why is it that some people write wonderfully, while that ability eludes others? Days of Vengeance is so pleasing to read because of the way it is written and how engaging it is. The characters are well developed as they spend most of the story plotting and overcoming various secrets and battles. Although complete, the ending is surprising: it winds up fast yet either tentatively offers a sequel, or provides a spark and lets you imagine the rest.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Martin on Dec. 07, 2012 :
Looks like someone’s majoring in English Lit! That background in the previous review helped, seeing as I moved "Down Under" from the States about eighteen months ago and although the book is complete, I needed a refresher on the news. And even though I still haven’t ventured much further than Sydney, the towns and places described have enough trivia to make you feel well-travelled. Darwin sounded very authentic, as did the suburban horrors of Canberra. Brrr... The characters in Days of Vengeance are detailed, even the comparatively minor ones like Bill (a fav because he reminds me of a mate back home) or Jane. Or that would-be skinhead assassin in the seedy bar -- loved that fight scene! It’s the little things that really make this work; secrets, discovery. Plenty of chaos. I wouldn’t tell you to get this book, but are you interested in a good read...?
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Martin on Dec. 07, 2012 :
Looks like someone’s majoring in English Lit! That background in the previous review helped, seeing as I moved "Down Under" from the States about eighteen months ago and although the book is complete, I needed a refresher on the news. And even though I still haven’t ventured much further than Sydney, the towns and places described have enough trivia to make you feel well-travelled. Darwin sounded very authentic, as did the suburban horrors of Canberra. Brrr... The characters in Days of Vengeance are detailed, even the comparatively minor ones like Bill (a fav because he reminds me of a mate back home) or Jane. Or that would-be skinhead assassin in the seedy bar -- loved that fight scene! It’s the little things that really make this work; secrets, discovery. Plenty of chaos. I wouldn’t tell you to get this book, but are you interested in a good read...?
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Martin on Dec. 07, 2012 :
Looks like someone’s majoring in English Lit! That background in the previous review helped, seeing as I moved "Down Under" from the States about eighteen months ago and although the book is complete, I needed a refresher on the news. And even though I still haven’t ventured much further than Sydney, the towns and places described have enough trivia to make you feel well-travelled. Darwin sounded very authentic, as did the suburban horrors of Canberra. Brrr... The characters in Days of Vengeance are detailed, even the comparatively minor ones like Bill (a fav because he reminds me of a mate back home) or Jane. Or that would-be skinhead assassin in the seedy bar -- loved that fight scene! It’s the little things that really make this work; secrets, discovery. Plenty of chaos. I wouldn’t tell you to get this book, but are you interested in a good read...?
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Catalyst on Dec. 03, 2012 :
Relevant recent history (background):
1. The 2002 Bali bombings and the 2004-5 wider JI bombings against Australian interests brought much public outcry, but comparatively little subsequent action.
2. After that, Jemaah Islamiyah went quiet in Australia. They were setting up assassination capabilities in consultation with the Philippines-based MILF and concluding a formal alliance with Al-Qaeda. They were (are?) also active in the sectarian conflict in northern Indonesia.
3. Australia had just seen the Cronulla race riots and some poorly-organised terrorist plots uncovered in Sydney and Melbourne.
4. An inquest into the 1975 "Balibo Five" killings in East Timor (now Timor-Leste) was held in Sydney in 2007. Imagine what would happen if that had been disrupted.

Threading both fact and fiction, Days of Vengeance by Richard Hughes offers a fascinating, plausible insight into how little it takes to send your life down a completely different path. Vengeful Tisiphone, once just another young woman relaxing on holiday in Bali, now stealthily spends her time using direct-action tactics to solve people problems. Fast-paced descriptions of these methods along with her keen swordsmanship will have you on edge.

In her independent quest for vengeance, her discovery of a connection to another terrorist cell in Australia cannot be ignored. Enter Mangle, the hardened Australian counter-terrorism expert / detective type sent to retrieve further information. Throughout most of the novel he is shown as resilient and practical, with his joie de vivre (the interesting Fern) delivering further depth and mellow moments in a story that is otherwise interspersed with samurai swords, car bombs, witty banter, and strategic manoeuvres.

There are surprising twists in abundance along the way, and expert detail —especially with respect to location, weaponry— completes the scenes rather than detracts from them. As a result, the plot flows well, easily building up to the kind of page-turning enthusiasm that you can expect from a writer worth your while. At a minimum, I imagine a sequel or spin-off in the future because the tale ends with a few minor yet teasing loose ends and, simply put, it was awesome.

You might want to now go read it for yourself.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alison Fairleigh on Oct. 29, 2012 : (no rating)
I was gripped from the moment I began reading. The author has skilfully weaved fiction around a real-life political event, adding suspense & intrigue to the story. It is well researched, and people, places and events are described with care. The lead character, Mangle, is both tough and endearing, yet a true highlight of the novel are the strong, empowered female characters. It is a thrilling and intelligent read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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