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Product Details

  • Paperback: 414 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477633111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477633113
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,971,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I always love an Australian Author and their books situated within Australia. Ross' book is no exception and is fantastic. As with his previous books, Sink or Swim and The Fenians; they are all placed in Melbourne, Australia. A place that is dear to my heart.

Placed back in 1942, when WWII was in full swing, Captain John Garrett was transferred back to Melbourne to investigate an alleged leak within the intelligence bureau. It is believed that somebody is leaking information to the Japanese and people are dying.

At Central Bureau whilst getting his orders, Captain Garrett is introduced to an American Captain, Al Tucker who will be assisting him with the investigation. From the get go, Garrett is apprehensive about the Captain and he doesn't trust him as far as he can throw him.

Going under cover, Garrett starts investigating and the information he discovers just doesn't add up. The further he goes into the investigation, the more dangerous it becomes. Garrett doesn't know who to trust or which side the spy is even coming from. Seeing his old flame again, Jennifer, brings all his feelings back for her. This only causes trouble for them both and puts Jennifer into grave danger.

After a man is shot for being the number one suspect, things start to go down hill for Garrett. The Central Bureau believes the man has been stopped, but Garrett isn't so sure and is disobeying the Major General in order to get the leader of the spy ring.

This is an amazing journey following Garrett from pillar to post in order to discover who the top spy really is. Will Garrett be able to put a stop to the spy(s)? Will he discover what the secret codes and messages really mean? Will Jennifer and Garrett be able to be together?
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The plot had many twists and turns. It kept me interested until the very end. On the negative side was the incorrect use of military rank in conversation. For example when referencing a major general in an ordinary conversation you would not call him 'major'. Instead you simply call him 'general'. You only call him 'major general when you are making introductions.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the last title I read from Australian author Ross Collier, a contemporary urban thriller, Sink or Swim. His latest novel, Tug of War, is his first and very successful foray into the historical thriller genre.

What I particularly like about Ross Collier's fiction, regardless of historical time period, is his no-nonsense approach to both his prose and the actions of his characters. In Tug of War he takes his readers hostage with a killer opening.

The tension was high and I was hooked.

Ross Collier has developed a great ensemble cast to support his everyday hero with a big heart, in this case, Captain John Garrett of the Australian Army. John Garrett is your quintessential underdog - smart and capable but with the odds stacked against from the very beginning.

Despite the high action, edge-of-your-seat thriller storyline, Collier understands the value of quieter moments, and some of Garrett's tender interactions with family add real gravity to the story.

Ross Collier's talent for character development and authentic evocation of time and place shines in Tug of War.
Although this is fiction, I feel I now have a greater understanding of the role of the service men (Australian and American) stationed in Australia during the second world war. Collier's descriptions of historical Melbourne and Townsville rang true for me and I felt as if I were transported back in time into the characters' world.

Another stand-out for me in this novel is Garrett's love interest, Jennifer Lamb. She is a feisty, intelligent and independent young woman straining against societal expectations for women at the time.
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By far this is Ross Collier's best book. I could not put it down. It's intriguing, interesting and keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. The ending is perfect.
I was a young Melbourne teenager during these war years and Collier's accurate research brings back memories of that time. 1942 Australia (to my 16 year old mind) wasn't involved in the war and when the American Yanks came to Melbourne my friends and I revered them like countless Clark Gable's from Hollywood. In those days, we only knew of America through the movies and the rich confident Yanks were everywhere. It was an exciting time for us.
Good on you Ross Collier, I'll give you a 10 on this one.
Mary Economos
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