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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
I thoroughly enjoyed reading it as I could connect with some of the places & towns in book.Published 16 days ago by martha fassilis
Very long winded to start with but once it picked up a very good read.Published 1 month ago by Janis Atkins
I really recommend this book to anyone interested in history of England and how Australia started out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by P. Robles
Having read several of Colleen McCullough's books, I expected another great tale of believable characters in extraordinary circumstances and I certainly was not disappointed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bill Herod
Colleen McCullough is an excellent writer. Morgans Bay another of my favorite novels written by her. A lot of history from the early settlement of Australia. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Georgia Moseley
Although the protagonist is a wee bit to noble to be 100% believeable, the story is rambling and loaded with historically accurate details. Read morePublished 2 months ago by smarie quinn