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King of the Outback (Fight Card) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Tunney , Mel Odom , Paul Bishop , David Foster
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Outback Australia 1954

Two rival tent boxing troupes clash over a territorial dispute in the Outback town of Birdsville. In the sweltering heat, tensions simmer, tempers flare, and as things reach boiling point, a boxing tent is burned to the ground.

Fighting men know only one way to solve their disputes, and that’s in the ring. The solution, a show-down, smack-down, winner take all bout between the two rival outfits.

In the blue corner, representing ‘Walter Wheeler’s Boxing Sideshow’ is Tommy King, a young aboriginal boxer with a big heart and iron fists.

In the red corner, representing ‘Arnold Sanderson’s Boxing Show’, is ‘Jumpin’ Jack Douglas, a monstrous wrecking machine from the city – a man who’ll do anything to win.

The fight – brutal. In the world of Tent Boxing, in the harsh Australian Outback, weight divisions and rules don’t count for much. It’s a fight to decide, who is indeed, King of the Outback!


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About the Author

Writing under the pen name, Jack Tunney, David J. Foster, grew up in rural Australia - not quite the outback, but not the apex of civilization either. He now resides in Melbourne. King of the Outback is his first novel, and the sixth in the Fight Card series, created by Mel Odom and Paul Bishop.

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  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084X7WYM
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fightcard goes down under July 9, 2012
By Noirguy
Format:Kindle Edition
The Fightcard series has already taken us to Havana, Chicago, Kansas City. Now it takes us down to Australia for a totally unique take on the boxing pulp tale. I loved being transported to a new world and sucked in to the bitter rivalry between two warring factions in the tent fighting business, a world I previously knew nothing about.

The book is told with a keenly observant eye by a coach for one of the tent fighting teams, but the real hero is Tommy, the King of the title. The story tackles racism in a way that is wholly different, yet essentially the same, as a book set in the states. The differences aren't that much. And when Tommy takes to the ring for the climactic bout you find yourself really rooting for him and the whole motley bunch behind Wheeler's Boxing Sideshow. And the battle is epic. Truly the kind of fight that is worthy of becoming an outback legend.

More hard-hitting storytelling from the Fightcard series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Entry in a Great Series May 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The great Fight Card series goes international with KING OF THE OUTBACK, which is set in Australia. Another difference is that for the first time the narrator isn't a boxer but rather the trainer for a traveling tent show of fighters. Yack, as he's known, is an American who stayed in Australia after recovering there from wounds he received fighting in the South Pacific during World War II. The star of the traveling troupe is an aborigine named Tommy King, the so-called King of the Ring.

Not surprisingly, there's a dangerous rivalry between the show Yack works for and another troupe of boxers that's backed by the local crime syndicate. That rivalry escalates into open warfare. Throw in a boxing kangaroo, a whole tribe of aborigines, arson, a crooked referee, and it all builds to a very satisfying climax that has a nice epic feel to it.

The author behind the Jack Tunney house-name this time around is David James Foster, and while I'm not familiar with his work, he does a fine job of mixing local color, good characters, humor, and plenty of pugilistic action. Fight Card is one of the most consistently entertaining e-book series out there, and KING OF THE OUTBACK is a worthy entry indeed. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A knockout! May 21, 2012
By M
Format:Kindle Edition
You're there, you feel the heat and the dust. A fantastic tale of a traveling fight game in the searing Australian Outback. Plenty of action, some pretty nasty bad guys and even a pretty girl. The story opens with Aboriginal Tommy King being introduced as King Of The Ring in a pub in the middle of nowhere. After laughing at him, the barflies can't wait to sign on and have a go at Tommy. It's touching, it's action packed and it's hard hitting. By the end you want to jump in the ring and give the guy a hand, except that you're too busy reading to find out what's going to happen next. A great read in a really great series. The perfect summer night read.
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