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!