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King of the Outback: Fight Card series (Volume 6) Paperback – May 8, 2012
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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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What really makes this story is the tone of the narrator which sets it in the Outback. It also starts with a glossary of Aussie terms.
Most of all, it's just a great story and one of the reasons Fight Card is so good.
The year is 1954 and we're in Australia with two rival boxing troupes with one aiming at control of the territory for the mobsters pulling the strings in the shadows. Tensions build nicely to a boiling point where foul play leads to a point where there is no turning back. This alone has the makings of a great tale but throw in the aboriginal fighter, the king of the outback in the title, and the undercurrent of racism the character has to deal with adds a telling element that keeps you turning the pages. Tommy King is a great character and one I'd like to see again.
Okay, so let's get down to brass tacks. Is the story interesting? Yes. Are the characters and the setting well-drawn? Yup. Does the plot keep you reading to find out what happens next? Check! Hey, it's fight fiction - do the fights have an immediacy? Do you feel every punch? Yes and yes. For only $2.90? Oh yeah! Sounds like a winner to me.
I enjoyed KING OF THE OUTBACK. If you're a fan of fight fiction, action fiction or just in the mood for a quick, fun read, then this one is for you.
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.
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.