This woman can write - 825 pages of story and all of it detailed, in-depth etc (she wrote The Thorn Birds). All of her books are like a mini-series. The characters are in-depth, the time periods are accurate, the novel is based around actual events - a hella'va good story teller -
I really enjoyed this book - to the extent that I hope there is a sequel planned. My maternal grandmother's maiden name was Morgan, from Wales, so besides my interest in the story, it got me wondering...how do you do a family tree?
HMcCullough's narrative skills are fully displayed in this intricately researched, passionate epic of 18th-century England's colonization of Australia, in which an upright Bristol tavernkeeper, Richard Morgan, becomes one of the first British convicts to be sent to the rugged new prison colony of Botany Bay. It is not enough that Morgan is struggling with grief, having lost his wife and two children in three separate tragedies. He discovers that his employer is scamming the government of excise taxes, but when he reports the fraud, he becomes the target of the distiller's revenge. Framed for robbery and extortion, he is arrested and thrown into prisonDa hellish pit of overcrowding, disease and filthDthen convicted and sentenced to seven years transportation on the infamous slaver ships bound for Australia; the success of the American Revolution has closed the New World to England's unwanted population. During the horrific sea journey, Morgan becomes a leader among the men, protecting handsome Fourth Mate Stephen Donovan (called a Miss Molly by the crew), and forging a friendship that will last a lifetime
an excellent saga, full of detail about those unfortunate early settlers in Botany Bay.
Very enjoyable; a different perspective.
I thought this book started out a little slow, but once I got into it I really enjoyed it.
Good story about early Australia
It was one of the greatest human experiments ever undertaken: to populate an unknown continent with the criminals of English society. For Richard Morgan, twelve months as a prisoner on the high seas would be just the beginning in a soul-trying test to survive in a hostile new land where, against all odds, he would find a new love and a new life. From the dank cells of England's prisons to the unforgiving frontier of the eighteenth-century outback, MORGAN'S RUN is the epic tale of one man whose strength and character helped settle a counry and define its future.
Exceptional author, exceptional story. The birth of modern-day Australia. [remember Thorn Birds?] Bestseller for many months. Be prepared for great journey.
A wonderful book that will draw you into the life of its hero.
Colleen McCullough captivated millions with her worldwide best seller "The Thorn Birds". Now she is back with a saga about the Morgan family in Australia. Richard Morgan is sent to Australia when English courts sentenced criminals to exportation to the wilds of the unknown continent. This is an epic tale of one man's quest to settle and country and define its future.
Great story. Long, over 800 pages and not with the big print that everyone's using nowadays. I'll be looking for the sequel.
I like this book even though it was a slow read for me. Slow because so much to take in in her writing. The life of a so called convict sent to an island to fend for themselves. Hope she continues this story.
Almost as good as The Thornbirds! Story about Richard Morgan, criminal, & his route as one of first white settlers of penal colony on Australia.
I listen to books on tape in my automobile and found that I had to really listen closely to the words as they are spoken with a strong English accent.
Excellently read by Tim Curry (CD audiobook version) and wonderful story. Triumph in the face of much adversity. Historical details abound and characters are well developed. Highly recommended.
This is an Abridged version with a running time of about 6 hours. It is narrated by Tim Curry.
I was apprehensive about this book but it held my interest and I would like to read a follow up and see where their lives go.