Peter Watt is an Australian author who has been a favourite of ours for many years now. Once both hubby and I have read them, they get passed along to my in-laws.
Peter’s latest novel, Beneath a Rising Sun, is the 10th book in his Frontier series. It follows the saga of the Duffy and Macintosh families in both Australia and overseas as war is played out. The intriguing dilemmas that the characters tend to find themselves in, make certain that you can’t put the book down; once you start reading, you just have to get to the end.
This novel follows Jessica Duffy, former nun and now code breaker/spy, as she attempts to determine what is the best course of action when she is told of one of the worst acts of war – treason. Also coming into play in this book, are favourite (or hated!) characters from the previous novels, Tom and James Duffy, George, Donald, James and Sarah Macintosh, Tony Caccamo, and many others.
While it would be possible to read this without having read the first nine books (there is a family tree at the start of the book and the back-story is well placed amongst this tenth novel), it really would be best to start from the start, wouldn’t it? The history of the two families has developed and become interwoven since book one (Cry of the Curlew), and knowing of the past relationships gives you a much better understanding of the characters. If not only for this reason, the first nine books are also very enjoyable, and so you should go and read them first! In fact, I just spotted on Booktopia, a link to purchase the bundle of ten at a pretty good price. Do yourself a favour, and go and buy them!
Title: Beneath a Rising Sun
Author: Peter Watt
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia