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The Urban Hunters is a serialized story by author Gary Taaffe telling the story of an aborigine named Billy, who's on his walkabout as part of his becoming a man. I thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in the series, which mainly focused on Billy's time in the tribe and his early days in the city; this part of the story mainly focuses on Billy's attempts to survive in the city, which mainly means he's hunting wild animals in the park, meeting a few new people, and trying his best to explain the way he sees the world to them while they do their best to help him understand technology. It all sounds simple, but one of the joys of the Urban Hunters series is that simplicity. This isn't a tale about modern prejudice, or about the tragedy of modern life, or the simplicity of the aborigine lifestyle; it's simply about a boy and his adventures, and Taaffe never forgets that, finding the hook for his story in Billy's day-to-day activities. It's an odd way to tell a serialized story, given that that type of tale usually draws its power from hooking the reader with cliffhangers. Instead, Taaffe draws us in by making us care about the characters, be it through Billy's relationship with a homeless girl, his encounters with a group of orphaned children, or simply through wondering where each meal will come from. (Answer to the last question: usually from killing and cooking feral animals, ranging from rats to cats and beyond. As a content note, anyone who doesn't want fairly graphic descriptions of animals being killed and eaten might want to look elsewhere; that being said, this isn't presented as cruelty, but rather a hunter who hunts to survive, not for fun.) Each book in the series is nicely self-contained, building on the previous entries while still essentially telling it's own arc in Billy's life (for instance, his meeting with the man who owned his dogs, or his encounter with the aforementioned orphans, or the backstory of the young girl he meets); that being said, it's hard to separate the books from each other, especially when you read them back to back - it's evident that they're a single work, broken into sections. And while Urban Hunters may never feel like a high-stakes story, it's still an engaging, fun one, one that tells an interesting story about a character we like and immerses us in his unique worldview, and that's enough to make this a great read. Combine that with its insights into aborigine culture and you have a series that I'd highly recommend for all sorts of reasons.
There will be a light at the end of the tunnel but the trip will probably not be an easy one. I guess this is something we all have to remember, isn't it? Keep one foot in front of the other...keep up the forward momentum.
This is a deeply felt, even loving story. Even as Mr Taaffe is telling it in much of it's grim detail, you feel he has his arms around Amber and is trying to help her through, as are we. Bravo, Sir! A splendid addition to your tale.
This is about Amber and how she came to end up in the cardboard box. Then Billy finds her and it is the start of a wonderful friendship and the escapades they get up to,life in Australia and the exciting things that can happen
It is a story of a little girls happiness turning to sadness then turning back to happiness then sadness again?
It is about the exciting life Amber leads up to her being twleve and the fate that life leaves her with. She is an exceptional character and I have loved reading about her and her father as she is her fathers daughter. It is about the things she is taught in life of how to survive in a way like Billy's family taught him.
I can t say too much as it would give the story away but it is a must read and worth every penny. Gaz has put a lot of time and effort into this book with research and maybe part of his life. I would also like to make a comment on the front cover which I love and think is the best yet.