Orange Town is a fast paced, rollercoaster ride through the hidden and often dangerous world that goes on behind the scenes of one of the biggest construction companies of the early 1990s. It follow[s] the adventures of Rooster as he does his best to protect and help the guys and girls working under him, and as he gets distracted on the way by the fairer sex. Things take a dark turn in later chapters, and Rooster seems like he might have bitten off more than he can chew. Will he have the daring and skill to pull off his hardest challenge yet? This book transforms from what seems to be a straightforward, life on the edge type adventure story into something deeper. Without giving the plot away, some major characters are not all they seem to be at the start, and this depth of character ultimately means that your interest will be kept right until the end. A very entertaining read, I finished the book in a couple of sessions, which is unusual for me as I'm a slow reader. I would highly recommend anyone to read this book, inside or outside of the construction industry. Those inside will get a laugh from glimpses of people they may recognise. Those outside will get a glimpse of people they never thought could exist. I eagerly await the follow ups -Keith O'Connor
Brent Williams started out life working on a vast cattle property in Australia for his father. Since then he has tried to put a life of bare knuckle fighting behind him. Earning respect from the battles on the streets, he became the notorious ‘Rooster’ — a charismatic, smooth talking, steely Casanova.
It’s the year 1992, and the beginning of the next mining boom in Australia. Rooster, now in his early thirties, has worked his way up the hard and ruthless career ladder at Trojan, the largest construction company in Australia. To date, he has avoided the backstabbing and envy of his peers and has become the General Foreman on the largest FIFO ‘Fly In Fly Out’ mining earthmoving job in the country.
Hangovers, colourful language, and the vast array of characters that work with him, are a normal part of Rooster’s FIFO life in the bush. But has this straight talking guy finally bitten off more than he can chew? Can he keep dodging the allure of corruption? And will a dark secret of his past finally catch up with him?