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She also knows just how her master of the crafts of tavern-keeping and musket-making would fit into the vast mechanism of history as the American victory wrecks Britain's economy and forces the crown to send convicts elsewhere. Richard gets a job with a rum distillery, but his sharp-eyed efficiency undoes him: one day he finds "a number of pipes hidden among festoons of spider-web," one of which is diverting 800 gallons a week to dodge taxes, a hanging offense. He unwisely reports this, which lands him in a net of corruption. Soon he is sentenced to various convict ships anchored in England, and then to a slave ship bound for Botany Bay in the new penal colony, Australia. But save your pity! Richard rises to the terrible occasion. "Prison had given him a star to steer by, and his own will had swelled sails he did not even know he possessed."
Though McCullough doesn't quite reach the literary heights of Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander or Robert Hughes's The Fatal Shore, she shares some of their virtues. Morgan's Run is a good old-fashioned adventure novel with the unflagging energy and raffish cast of an action movie. She considered calling it Morgan's Dirty Dozen, and it would have lived up to that title, too. --Tim Appelo
Really enjoyed Morgan's Run - great historical saga - looking forward to a sequelPublished 14 days ago by Sylvia Wesney
As I have a good outside knowledge of Norfolk Island, having been involved in the Restoration works, I was very interested to try to,identify the various locations of places that... Read morePublished 19 days ago by The Sultan
Interesting to see how the convicts survived in the appalling conditions and proud to have them as our heritagePublished 19 days ago by gail attard
If you liked the Thornbirds you will like this book! Loved the ways she brings history into a story!Published 1 month ago by Sweetpea
So well written I felt I new him personally and lived in that timePublished 1 month ago by kathleen caris
Wonderful tale which kept me reading it at every opportunity.
I also love books about our Australian pioneers.Colleen McCullough is a brilliant writer.