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A Final Reckoning A Tale of Bush Life in Australia   By: (1832-1902)

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A Final Reckoning: A Tale of Bush Life in Australia by George Alfred Henty takes readers on a thrilling adventure through the wilderness of Australia. Set in the 19th century, this unforgettable tale centers around the life of young protagonist, Dick Varley, as he faces countless challenges and dangers on his quest for justice.

Henty masterfully captures the essence of the Australian bush, vividly describing its rugged terrain and its unique flora and fauna. This immersive backdrop brings the story to life, leaving readers feeling as if they have been transported to this untamed landscape. The author's extensive research is evident, as he expertly weaves historical facts and details seamlessly into the narrative.

Dick Varley is a compelling character, driven by a strong sense of morality and justice. Despite his youth, he possesses a remarkable level of resilience, courage, and resourcefulness. As he faces various trials and tribulations, readers are shown the harsh realities of life in the bush and the numerous dangers it presents. From confrontations with hostile tribes to navigating treacherous terrain, the protagonist's actions keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Furthermore, Henty skillfully delves into the socio-political atmosphere of the time. Set against the backdrop of the Australian Gold Rush and the conflicts between settlers and indigenous communities, the book explores themes of colonialism, racial tension, and the clash of cultures. Through his captivating storytelling, Henty presents a balanced perspective, shedding light on the complex dynamics of the era.

The pacing of the novel is fast-paced and engaging throughout, with frequent twists and turns that keep readers hooked. The author's attention to detail creates a richly immersive experience, allowing readers to envision the settings, smell the eucalyptus trees, and feel the tension and danger in the air. Henty's prose is elegant yet accessible, making the book suitable for readers of various ages and backgrounds.

One minor criticism of the book is the occasional predictability of certain plot developments. At times, it feels as though the story follows a formula, where the hero faces various trials but ultimately triumphs. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the book and its message.

In conclusion, A Final Reckoning: A Tale of Bush Life in Australia is an enthralling adventure that provides both entertainment and educational value. George Alfred Henty delivers a captivating tale, filled with action, suspense, and thought-provoking themes. This book is a must-read for those who enjoy historical fiction or seek a thrilling journey through the vast wilderness of Australia.

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A Final Reckoning: A Tale of Bush Life in Australia by G. A. Henty.


Preface. Chapter 1: The Broken Window. Chapter 2: The Poisoned Dog. Chapter 3: The Burglary At The Squire's. Chapter 4: The Trial. Chapter 5: Not Guilty! Chapter 6: On The Voyage. Chapter 7: Gratitude. Chapter 8: A Gale. Chapter 9: Two Offers. Chapter 10: An Up Country District. Chapter 11: The Black Fellows. Chapter 12: The Bush Rangers. Chapter 13: Bush Rangers. Chapter 14: An Unexpected Meeting. Chapter 15: At Donald's. Chapter 16: Jim's Report. Chapter 17: In Pursuit. Chapter 18: Settling Accounts.


Reuben Whitney Acquitted of the Charge of Burglary. The Ladies Saved from the Malay's Crease. A Fight with the Black Fellows. Jim Notes the Bush Rangers' Plans for Mischief.


In this tale I have left the battlefields of history, and have written a story of adventure in Australia, in the early days when the bush rangers and the natives constituted a real and formidable danger to the settlers. I have done this, not with the intention of extending your knowledge, or even of pointing a moral, although the story is not without one; but simply for a change a change both for you and myself, but frankly, more for myself than for you. You know the old story of the boy who bothered his brains with Euclid, until he came to dream regularly that he was an equilateral triangle enclosed in a circle... Continue reading book >>

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