River Rat

River Rat

5
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Pages: 
150
£4.19
ISBN:
9781785544255
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Jimmie-Lee Fuong's mother was by far the prettiest woman in outback New South Wales in 1890, and this was unfortunately to be the cause of much of the dilemma to confront his family. Murchison, Australia, Jimmie-Lee, affectionately known as "Rat" and his family are some of the first Chinese settlers in New South Wales. The law at this time was very much the "might is right" philosophy of the establishment and local law enforcers. When he is given and taught to wield a traditional Chinese sword, he and his father hope he will never have to use it. But when fate intervenes and his life and his family's livelihood are threatened, the carnage he leaves behind becomes legendary in his town, and a secret he has to hide. Soon we learn that he is not the only one haunted by family ties and a dark past, as his first visit to China reveals a much more harrowing story. Jimmie-Lee now has a family of his own - will he protect them as he protected himself, or will the fierce Tongs seek him out across both China and Australia and kill those he loves the most?

Fisher Jim

Jim
Fisher

James E [Jim] Fisher is an engineer; project manager; dairy farmer and palaeontology technician, and is very proud to now add "author" to the list! Hopefully just as successfully! He has worked in all states of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Africa and now lives in Maitland, South Australia with his wife Margariette, at call for three families and ten very precious grandchildren!

Reviews

by
Sarah Kirsch
5
A great and compelling read, not for the faint hearted, put infinitely plausible! It moves right in your face at a cracking pace. My only complaint is that there's not enough of it!1 Too short! Bring on the series and the movie!
by
Jan Karsten
5
As a reader who generally avoids historic fiction like the plague, I can vouch for the nature of River Rat , by Jim Fisher. The story follows the life of young Jimmie-Lee Fuong, a Chinese immigrant living in colonial era Australia. His life is fraught with danger, adventure, love and intrigue. With such a little known era to draw from, I expected the story to taks elaborate turns, but it remained straight forward and believable! This easy readability allows for an unexpected, yet pleasant result; believable character development! The various characters are portrayed with an honesty and blunt believability that I find refreshing in a world of Mary Sue's and invincible superheroes.I feel these are people I could meet and befriend in everyday life. As a short story I find River Rat to be an inspiring and authentic tale that is easy to relate to, and much easier to enjoy! Thoroughly recommended!

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