Ebook review: The Outback by David Clarkson


Published 11th April 2013
About the author: “David Clarkson grew up in the North East of England, where he studied English Literature at the University of Sunderland. One day, following a drunken challenge from a friend, he bought a one-way ticket to Australia and ended up spending the next three years travelling the world. Upon his return, he struggled to adapt to a normal life and sought solace in his own overactive imagination, where he remains to this day.”

From the dust cover: “’Wolf Creek’ meets ‘The Beach’ in this gripping tale of a backpacking adventure gone horribly wrong.
When Matt joins the outback harvest trail he is filled with apprehension. Is it really worth doing three months of back breaking labour in exchange for another year added to his visa? His new friends certainly think so and it is not long before they convince him of the same.
Of course, none of them are counting on their new boss. Rhett is cold, callous and delights in watching others suffer. Convinced that the old man is hiding a criminal past, the backpackers begin to do a little digging. Nothing however, can prepare them for what they find.
As the past starts repeating itself, Matt comes to realise that unless he can discover the truth about his foreman, he and his friends may be in more danger than he ever could have imagined…”

My Ebook review: wow… I have just finished this dramatic work and it gave me an excellent reading experience. Essentially this starts out looking like a simple story of kids doing what they need to do to explore the world in their own way. A group of kids come together through various circumstances in a way that would be clearly reminiscent to any back packer. What happens to them is dramatic to say the least.
As the reader we get to see the world from the point of view of several of the key players of the plot and in this way we are able to see, voyeuristically, into their futures and get the feeling of how their choices will have tough consequences in their immediate future. The heroes are young, naïve, full of the joys of youth and the invincibility of optimism.
The story builds up rather gently and we learn a reasonable amount about each of the characters and the abject work that they have submitted themselves willingly to. The labour itself is a delightfully tedious backdrop against which the unexpected takes place.
The author feeds us information with delicate care and the events that we are party to give us a lot of information that builds up and builds up the tension until we are finally taken on a dramatic rollercoaster closing.
This is more than just a drama. Clarkson also makes his characters consider how easily ones life journey can be radically altered by singular bad choices made at the wrong time yet.

Did I enjoy it: absolutely, it captured me as a well executed thrilling read.

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