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Leaving Bondi

Author: Robert G. Barrett Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 2000 Over the years I have read a few of Robert G. Barrett’s Les Norton series. I don’t know how many there are in the series. I have about seven of them, and I’d guess there’s probably that many I don’t have. I have always found them [...]

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Salute of the Jugger (1989)

Country: United States / Australia Starring: Rutger Hauer, Joan Chen, Vincent D’Onfrio, Delroy Lindo, Anna Katerina, Gandhi MacIntyre, Justin Monjo, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Max Fairchild Screenplay: David Webb Peoples Director: David Webb Peoples Cinematography: David Eggby Music: Todd Boekelheide Producers: Brian Rosen, Charles Roven Alternate Title: Blood of Heroes If you’re around the same age as [...]

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War Songs: I Was Only 19

I Was Only 19 – Redgum

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War Songs: What’s A Few Men

What’s A Few Men – Hunters & Collectors

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Bear Pit

Author: Jon Cleary First Published: 2000 On the eve of the Sydney Olympic games, the city’s great and good assemble to celebrate the opening of a new luxury hotel complex. But the gala takes a grisly turn when State Premier Hans Vanderberg is assassinated by a sniper. In his twenty years at the head of [...]

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Five Ring Circus

Author: Jon Cleary First Published: 1998 (1999 Harper Collins edition pictured). As Sydney prepares for its grand role as host of the next Olympic Games, homocide detective Scobie Malone stumbles upon a scam that will do nothing for the city’s image. Illicit deals are being struck and money from Hong Kong is being banked in [...]

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Tobruk Target

Author: W.H. Williams Publisher: Horwitz Published:1959 Pictured: 1963 Paperback edition Book No: 3 Here’s another old Australian war story, published by Horwitz. I don’t have time to read this at the moment, but I thought I would share a little bit about the book. From the back: The tiny desert patrol clawed across the burning [...]

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The Two Edged Sword

Author: L.B. Earle Publisher: Horwitz Published: 1965 Book No: 31 Following on from Tuesday’s post about Prisoner of War pulp fiction, published in Australia in the 1960s. Here’s another one, The Two Edged Sword. Once again, I have not read this one, but it would appear that this time American Marines are the target for [...]

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Beasts of Bushido

Author: Michael Owen Publisher: Scripts Published: 1967 Book No: 13 I have not actually read this book, which I picked up in a second hand shop last year. But I have a fascination with the strange sub-genre of war action adventure books that came out in Australia in the mid 1960s. Rather than being stories [...]

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Raw Deal (1977)

Country: Australia Director: Russell Hagg Starring: Gerard Kennedy, Gus Mercurio, Rod Mullinar, Christopher Pate, Hu Pryce, Norman Yemm, John Cousins, Michael Carman Music: Ronald Edgeworth In the 1970s, two of the most popular actors in Australia were Gerard Kennedy and Gus Mercurio who starred in the television series Tandarra (1976), which was a period piece [...]

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