I have read the paperback of this novel one of my favourites some time ago, unfortunately I sold it on. The ebook version has been edited a little but not very much. I have also read others in the series; they are great stories that fit in with others publications in the series. The author is Australian not American, in Australia we call things by different names such as magazine clips, and found the first review to be misleading. Stanton moved his boat before disposing of his target it was anchored in Sydney Harbor Circular Quay but must have been moved to get to deep water and mentions nothing of dropping anchor at the new location, must be to do with deep water, he must have moved and had time because the sun was coming up, there is a jump in reference from late evening to early morning. The book mentions several times you would not want to go fishing with Stanton so I guess he had bar fridges, small units that hold no more than fifty kilo of concrete ready for such occasions, easily capable of carrying a body to the depths. Nor can I agree on the confusing way it is referred to as being written as distracting, get an Australian dictionary. I agree there is a great story in there that's why I read it and it's hardly my cup of tea. I think it's a guy's book but all my friends read it to the end and sourced further series publications.
I expected an extreme character upon reading the preface and that's what I found, I was sucked in by the story and found out more when reading others in the series. The advent of power with money and information is a weapon depicts reality, efficiency is not a scarcity. I was convinced Stanton was untouchable or he would be dead as often stated, bit like batman meets James Bond. There are times in the book I found the writing difficult but factual and found later these things were true. Such as reference to the Inuit Indians, losses at the battle of the Somme in the First World War, references to the Cadiche man amid aboriginal history and the stolen generation among aboriginals in Australia. I have been along the road from the airport to Karachi in Pakistan more than once, the authors depiction of it is spot on really got me interested, is there some truth in this story. This novel inspired me to research some things I was not sure of widening my knowledge of Australian and British history. I have also read 'The Sword and the Dagger' about an Irish pirate by this author and found the same thing. I am hooked on Mills and Boon romance; I have rows of them in my bookcase. This author writes great stories to make a point and does it well. I deduct I like this authors writing because he's Australian and writes Australian stories. I have never written a book review but was inspired to do so in this case, I'm Australian.
My favourite book by Brian Cain, written way before Black Caviar was born, somewhere out there is a horse like Flaxmead, and it signifies the spirit in which a race horse can bring a nation together. Again I am given a lesson on Australian history by this author, 'Jorrocks' an Australian racehorse from 1846, He had sixty five recorded wins, including six walkovers, and twenty-two seconds from at least 95 starts, didn't start racing until he was eight years old, I had never heard of him till reading this and some research to check finding it to be true. An interesting twist in how the book is written leaving the gate open to suggest this may happen and their just could be a Flaxmead out there somewhere. Wilson Hornswaddle, Bartholomew Fothrington, and the Barking and Romford Toad, unreal. The Greedy Piggy Creek Coal Mine, hilarious, signs designed by lawyers to discourage Kangaroos from entering the mine lease, they didn't work. Stanton and his wife Jodi, 'yes love', my husband says that to me all the time since he read this, we laugh about it, you just cant forget giant Flaxmead, his blessed children owners Anna and Dylan, and his pint size jockey Lindy Cumberland. Predictably a heart-warming read with some strong messages.
Larco and the Quog
on June 01, 2014
My three children loved it, obviously a series and waiting for the next instalment.
Larco Builds a Bok Bok
on June 01, 2014
My children are hooked, a surprising series by one of my favourite authors. An incredible imagination, the author obviously has children and great ideas on making them think.
on June 01, 2014
I have followed this series from book one, without reading the other volumes I would not have had difficulty understanding this, together they are a massive story and growing. Waiting for the next one, it's getting very interesting. Every volume I get closer to the perpetrator and I think I know who it is. I saw a post on the net about the next volume would be number 9, Roselyn Victoria Fleming, hotter than Bella Elizabeth, woo hoo bring it on.
I remember reading about this in an American magazine, it was on Kindle, but was taken down before I could download it. This is an interesting spin on certain things, although I found it difficult to sit through in parts I couldn't put it down.
This was a bit lame compared to previous volumes but smashed my beliefs on the crooks identity, I love the horse and the cockney policeman. Have to wait to find out I suppose. I was on a plane recently sitting next to someone reading Bella Elizabeth, first person other than friends I found reading this author, they complained about the spelling. By their accent I imagine they spell mum with an o and I use a u.
What an absolutely incredible yarn, I read this authors series the Stanton Chronicles and missed this, found a paperback on ebay, the authors name brought my attention to it. This author is a brilliant poet. A blues guitar player with a wealthy father is the chosen one to fight the battle of Armageddon at the turn of the millennium. He losses his childhood sweetheart murdered by a drug overdose and moves on to become the prime minister of Australia. Hidden from the dark forces of evil as a humble blues guitar player his adversaries can't find him until its too late. The author is obviously a musician and wrote the work in respect of blues guitar players, the last line says it all for them. He even manages to fit an American Second World War battleship, Nuns, gold miners, recording companies, politicians, union members, police, you name it and its in there, what a colossal story. I'm reading it a second time it is so entertaining.