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Real Gold A Story of Adventure   By: (1831-1909)

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Real Gold: A Story of Adventure by George Manville Fenn is a captivating tale that takes readers on an exciting journey through the depths of the Australian outback. Set during the gold rush era, this book immerses readers in a world of peril, courage, and the pursuit of riches.

At the heart of the story is the protagonist, Joe Barker, a young and ambitious adventurer who sets out to seek his fortune in the vast goldfields of Australia. Fenn masterfully develops Joe's character, portraying him as a determined and resilient individual who faces numerous hardships along the way.

The author's vivid descriptions transport readers to the harsh and rugged landscapes of the outback, leaving them in awe of the beauty and unforgiving nature of this untamed land. Fenn's attention to detail allows the reader to experience the scorching heat, the treacherous terrain, and the gritty reality of life during the gold rush.

Real Gold is not just a thrilling adventure; it also delves into the complexities of human nature. Throughout Joe's journey, he encounters a diverse cast of characters, each with their own motivations and ambitions. Fenn expertly explores themes of greed, loyalty, and the lengths some would go to obtain wealth. These moral dilemmas add depth to the narrative and provoke thought about the consequences of one's actions.

One of the standout aspects of the novel is Fenn's ability to maintain a steady pace and keep the reader engaged. The plot is well-crafted, with unexpected twists and turns that keep the anticipation high. The author's writing style is smooth and fluid, making it easy to become fully engrossed in the story.

While Real Gold offers an exciting adventure, it also provides historical insights into the Australian gold rush. Fenn's meticulous research is evident as he depicts the mining methods, social dynamics, and challenges faced by those who sought their fortune. This attention to historical accuracy adds credibility to the narrative, making it both entertaining and educational.

Overall, Real Gold: A Story of Adventure is an engrossing read that combines elements of adventure, history, and human drama. George Manville Fenn's well-crafted plot, rich descriptions, and compelling characters make this book a must-read for fans of historical fiction and anyone looking for an exciting escapade into the world of gold mining in the Australian outback.

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Real Gold, by George Manville Fenn.




"Bother the old fish!"

"Yes; they won't bite."

"It's no good, Perry; they are having their siesta. Let's get in the shade and have one too."

"What! in the middle of the day go to sleep? No, thank you. I'm not a foreigner."

"More am I; but you come and live out here for a bit, and you'll be ready enough to do as the Romans I mean the Spaniards do."

"Not I, Cyril, and I don't believe fish do go to sleep."

"What? Why, I've seen them lie in shoals here, perfectly still; basking in the hot sunshine, fast asleep."

"With their eyes shut?"

"Gammon! Fish can't shut their eyes."

"Then they can't go to sleep. My! it is hot. I shan't fish any more."

Two boys sitting in a boat half a mile from the shore, and sheltered by a ridge of rocks from the tremendous swell of the vast Pacific Ocean, which to north and south curled over in great glistening billows upon the sand in the former instance, to scoop it out, carry it back, and then throw it up farther away; in the latter, to strike upon sheer rocks and fly up in silver spray with a low deep sound as of muttered thunder... Continue reading book >>

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