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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

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

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superb and harrowing read

I was moved and upset at the same time. Not only a well written novel with a great story line but a deep insight into race and prejudice. Wasn't sure the author could
emulate The Rules of Cricket but he has shown himself to be a truly great author.

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  • 06-11-19

Terrible waste of precious credit

I found the story reviews intriguing so I have bought the book, but now I wish I hadn't. The plot is unbearably dull and predictable, the characters two-dimensional (if that).
What made me struggle through half of it is the narrator - he did an amazing job of a book way unworthy of his talents.

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  • Paul in NoVa
  • 17-07-18

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.