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Foster's Letter Of Marque A Tale Of Old Sydney - 1901   By: (1855-1913)

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Louis Becke's Foster's Letter Of Marque A Tale Of Old Sydney - 1901 is an enthralling novel that transports readers to the vibrant streets of colonial Sydney. Set in the early 19th century, this captivating tale follows the life of Foster, a young sailor whose dreams of adventure and wealth lead him on a perilous journey.

Becke expertly weaves a captivating narrative, building a richly detailed world that captures the essence of Sydney during this time period. From the moment I delved into the pages of this book, I was transported to a bygone era, consumed by the sights, sounds, and atmosphere that Becke brings to life with his vivid descriptions.

One of the strengths of this novel lies in the character development. Foster is a complex and multifaceted protagonist whose growth throughout the story is both realistic and compelling. From his initial naivety to the hard-learned lessons of love, loss, and betrayal, Foster's journey is a deeply human one that resonates with readers on an emotional level.

The supporting cast of characters is equally well-crafted, each playing a significant role in Foster's development and the overall progression of the story. The relationships and dynamics between the characters are realistic and add depth to the narrative, ensuring that readers become emotionally invested in their fates.

Although Foster's Letter Of Marque excels in character development and setting, the pacing of the plot can be uneven at times. While certain sections are thrilling and filled with action, others slow down, stretching the story without adding significant value. This occasional lack of momentum detracts slightly from the overall reading experience.

Despite this minor flaw, Becke's skill as a storyteller shines through. His prose flows effortlessly, with a lyrical quality that draws readers in and entices them to keep turning the pages. The author's attention to detail is evident, not only in his evocative descriptions but also in the historical accuracy that permeates the novel.

Foster's Letter Of Marque A Tale Of Old Sydney - 1901 is a captivating novel that will appeal to fans of historical fiction, particularly those interested in exploring the early days of colonial Australia. Becke's ability to transport readers to another time and place, combined with his well-crafted characters, makes this book a worthwhile read for anyone seeking an immersive and thought-provoking literary experience.

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From "The Tapu Of Banderah and Other Stories"

By Louis Becke

C. Arthur Pearson Ltd.



One by one the riding lights of the few store ships and whalers lying in Sydney Harbour on an evening in January, 1802, were lit, and as the clear notes of a bugle from the barracks pealed over the bay, followed by the hoarse calls and shrill whistles of the boatswains' mates on a frigate that lay in Sydney Cove, the mate of the Policy whaler jumped up from the skylight where he had been lying smoking, and began to pace the deck.

The Policy was anchored between the Cove and Pinchgut, ready for sea. The north easter, which for three days had blown strongly, had now died away, and the placid waters of the harbour shimmered under the starlight of an almost cloudless sky. As the old mate tramped to and fro on the deserted poop, his keen seaman's eye caught sight of some faint grey clouds rising low down in the westward signs of a south easterly coming before the morning.

Stepping to the break of the poop, the officer hailed the look out forward, and asked if he could see the captain's boat coming.

"No, sir," the man replied. "I did see a boat a while ago, and thought it was ours, but it turned out to be one from that Batavian Dutchman anchored below Pinchgut... Continue reading book >>

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