Bryce Courtenay Humphrey Bower
January 26, 2019 Comments.. 982
TommoHawk Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of in Hobart Town Together they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood From whale hu

  • Title: TommoHawk
  • Author: Bryce Courtenay Humphrey Bower
  • ISBN: 9781486219810
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town Together they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori Wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other s strengths anBrutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town Together they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori Wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other s strengths and weaknesses in order to survive Along the way, Hawk meets the outrageous Maggie Pye, who brings love and laughter into his life But the demons of Tommo s past return to haunt the brothers With Tommo at his side, Hawk takes on a fight against all odds to save what they cherish most.

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    1. Marissa says:

      I didn't think it could get better but this one was just as amazing as The Potato Factory. Mr. Courtenay continued the story of Ikey and Mary through to the lives of their adopted children, Tommo and Hawk. OMG! I am sorry that this book is over but so glad there is a 3rd book!!!! I am continually amazed by how real Bryce Courtney can make history seem. I learn so much about history and human nature while reading his books. While it is true that life is stranger than fiction- Bryce's fiction carr [...]

    2. Dusty Burgmans says:

      This is the 2nd in the Potato Factory trilogy. Start with Potato Factory, then Tommo & Hawk, then Solomon's Song! I just loved this whole series! Read the synopsis but be ready for a rich history of Australia and well developed characters you truly care about. Don't read just one of these and best to read them in order. I listened to the audio version and the reader was exceptional!

    3. Fay Cottle says:

      This book was a little too coarse for my taste, but I did enjoy it for its historical value.

    4. Debby says:

      I won't write a long and detailed review, as so many others have done a great job of it. I listened to this in audio, narrated by Humphrey Bower. Love this narrator, and I felt as I though there were multiple characters narrating. I strongly recommend that The Potato Factory is where to start. Vital info in the first book hinder getting to know many of the key characters-- especially Ikey Solomon. I grew to admire Hawk's integrity and his devotion to his brother. As a woman, the preparation for [...]

    5. Stuart Fujisaki says:

      Like probably the majority of sequels, this one the second installment of a trilogy, it didn’t live up to the original. Granted the storyline got advanced, but often not in a good way - I found myself not buying in emotionally to the characters or their problems. I think it could have been a much more interesting story had the author expanded on different aspects of the brothers’ travels. Don’t get me wrong, Tommo and Hawk had a lot of good moments. But by the end, I wanted to move on. I d [...]

    6. Shari says:

      When I read this book, I didn't know it was the second book in a trilogy. I thought I'd get lost in story, but that wasn't the case at all. I enjoyed it so much that I went to buy the first and the third books. There wasn't a boring instance in this thick book. The characters were so alive and movingly portrayed they were really leaping out of the pages. The ending was hanging, which of course was understandable, but the book can stand on its own. The bits about New Zealand and Australia - and t [...]

    7. Kathleen Hagen says:

      Tommo and Hawk, by Bryce Courtenay, narrated by Humphrey Bower, produced by Bolinda Audio, downloaded from audible.This is the second book in the series, about Ikey Solomon and the next generations in 19th century Australia. In this second book, the twins have been reunited after having been kidnapped. Hawk was found fairly soon after the kidnapping, but Tommo wasn’t found for seven years. Both underwent horrible abuse during their kidnapping. Mary Abacus wants her two sons to remain in Tasman [...]

    8. Jan says:

      This is Book #2 in this trilogy of the history of Australia I met Hawk and Tommo in the first book and was anxious to learn more about these men and how Australian history was woven into their adventures. I gave this book 3 stars because all the dialogue bored me There was a lot of dialogue, which did add a certain understanding to each particular situation but I wanted to move more quickly to the next historical situation and the next adventure And oh, the adventures Hawk and Tomma had in this [...]

    9. Pamela says:

      This is the second book in The Australian Trilogy by Bruce Courtenay. I finished the first book, and moved hungrily on to this one because I had to find out what happens to Tommo and Hawk as they develop as human beings in their world. Their inner thoughts, their conflicts, the choices they make, what happens to their families: I had to know. All of the characters remain true to themselves throughout the story, and I know this because I have been given the inside story in the narrative. And, I k [...]

    10. Calum says:

      Overall, a decent, captivating novel. However I have a couple issues with it. Firstly it is extremely gruesome and quite explicate in content with scenes that are present just for the hell of it and barley contribute in any way to the development or expansion of the plot. Secondly, what's to go with Bryce's novels?? I swear the is just the Australian The Power Of One all over again. Same themes (fighting, betting, fixed betting, racism, same punch combinations, same lame sun-in-their-eyes trick [...]

    11. Sue Smith says:

      An excellent continuation of the story started in the book 'The Potato Factory', following the twin brothers Tommo and Hawk as they become young men finding their way in an often cruel world. So incredibly well written, with descriptions that paint vivid pictures that really let you in on the tales as if you were right along side them as their adventures unwind. Often tragic but always uplifting, it's really an epic tale of how you can become you're own person in a world that seems fraught with [...]

    12. Bookish Enchantment says:

      Courtenay has written a book steeped in the richness of early Australian History. I did find this book a little disappointing. I am not much into violence and I found that whilst historically correct (assumption) many of the violent scenes were too long and graphic for my liking. The book depicts in detail the quality of characters and hardships of early Australia in a pleasing and vivid way.

    13. Asheena Budhai says:

      I love Bryce Courtenay's books, however this sequel started of well, but became too predictable. The characters of Tommo and Hawk were difficult to fall in love with, which was entirely the opposite of Ikey and Mary in The Potato Factory. The story showed very little personal growth in the characters, which was what I was looking for after all the adventures. However I recommend it only as a continuation of the Solomon's story.

    14. Linda says:

      Very interesting historical novel - starts out in Dickens-like London and ends up in Australia - learned much about life of those times, whaling, Maori customs. Very long books--overly descriptive at times.

    15. Ann says:

      Loved the adventure, loved the adventure.

    16. Jo says:

      So this is the book that follows the Potato Factory in the trilogy. I wasnt sure whether this book would live up to the Potato Factory as it would be tough for any book to follow that. I flew through this book alot quicker than when i read the first in the trilogy, I couldnt seem to put it down! A great story line, with a great historic background, really gets you thinking. Definitely recommend the trilogy so far, i just need to get around to reading the third and final book! hope it is as good [...]

    17. Andy says:

      I love historical fiction books set in Australia. The Potato Factory and Tommo and Hawk are both very enjoyable reads. As it typical of books during the early colonization with convicts, there are are a lot of brutal scenes. But the story is good. The brothers have gone through traumatic experiences at the end of the Potato factory and T&H sheds more light on what they went through. Pretty bad.I like the dynamics between the brothers. Lots of ups and downs but the love between them keeps eac [...]

    18. Sally says:

      This was a bit, well, boring. It also contained a truly laughable sex scene. Still, I did learn some history about the New Zealand wars - mainly because I looked them up from other sources - so not all was most.

    19. Sue says:

      The second in the Potato Factory trilogy. Excellent story of the second generation of those who were sent to Australia from England in the 1800s (criminal element). Courtenay (author) and Bower (narrator) are made for each other when it comes to story telling.

    20. Shirley Baerken says:

      This one is at the top of the list. What a fabulous book and I highly recommend it be read by everyone!!

    21. Joan says:

      This 2nd in the trilogy continued the story of the richly written characters of Ikey and Mary and their children. I can't wait to read the finale.

    22. Christine Wiserbynow says:

      Enter a strange life of two interesting men. Loved it.

    23. Ulrich Huber says:

      His best book.

    24. Lisa says:

      couldnt put it down thrilling

    25. Jeffrey Rasley says:

      Tommo & Hawk is the second in Courtenay's Potato Factory Trilogy. Courtenay is a master s storyteller, indeed. Per a previous reviewer, I'd say at least as good as Hemmingway. His description of life in 19th Century Colonial Australia & New Zealand is that of"nasty, brutish, and short men", other than the saintly and gigantic Hawk. My criticism of the first book in the series was that Courtenay was too cruel to Mary -- just over-the-top, horribly sadistic gratuitous violence perpetrated [...]

    26. Andrea says:

      I have yet to be disappointed by anything that Bryce Courtenay writes. My first Courtenay experience was with The Power of One. This is one of those books that will stick with you and is one you'll never forget. I moved on to the sequel, Tandia, and loved it also. I couldn't quit on Courtenay after that and moved on to The Potato Factory, the first in his Australian trilogy. Amazing. Then on to Tommo and Hawk. As this one ended, I experienced so much emotion I burst into tears. I couldn't pick u [...]

    27. AngelaCC says:

      The first two books of this trilogy were given to me, so I continued on with the second 'Tommo and Hawk' after surprisingly enjoying 'The Potato Factory' It was annoying that Bryce Courtenay felt it necessary to continually repeat text from book 1, in some cases assuming the reader was new to the trilogy. That aside, the storyline continued, focusing on the journey of the two brothers, from their release of their captures and the extensive time spent with Maori tribes in New Zealand. This book c [...]

    28. Urszula says:

      Simply - great, well written story. From the very beginning I liked both Tommo and Hawk. I was not aware that this is the second book in trilogy, but I can easily say that it did not take any enojoyment out of it.This story of two brothers was full of horrror, pain and from time to time of love. Their adventures were so well described that I found myself with them on a whaling ship, in New Zelands's wilderness fighting bloody wars, and in Sydney, living my life in a new colony. This story was to [...]

    29. Mike says:

      We are huge Bryce Courtenay fans, and also fans of Humphrey Bower who reads the audio book versions. Tommo & Hawk doesn't disappoint, and is probably a bit less violent than the other books, although the villains are totally evil. There is no doubt that Bryce is telling history at points in the book, and maybe it's a bit too obvious, but still, he's done his research, and it's an interesting history. For example, the passages on whaling are fascinating in their own right, and jibe with what [...]

    30. Larry says:

      This is a continuation of "The Potato Factory". You could read this as a standalone novel – there is a nice succinct summary in the opening chapters – but why? Bryce Courtenay continues the story of Ikey and Mary and adds a second generation to his view of Australia’s history.While all of the characters are intent upon recovery Ikey’s fortune left (hidden) in London, Mary’s sons, Hawk and Tommo – and their exploits – provide the reader with the backdrop of life in Australia and New [...]

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