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The Reckoning: The Day Australia Fell (The Unforeseen Series Book 1) by [McArdle, Keith]
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Australia has been invaded.


While the outnumbered Australian Defence Force fights on the ground, in the air and at sea, this quickly becomes a war involving ordinary people.

Ben, an IT consultant has never fought a day in his life. Will he survive? Grant, a security guard at Sydney's International Airport, finds himself captured and living in the filth and squalor of one of the concentration camps dotted around Australia. Knowing death awaits him if he stays, he plans a daring escape.

This is a dark day in Australia's history. This is terror, loneliness, starvation and adrenaline all mixed together in a sour cocktail.

This is the day Australia fell.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1319 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Keith McArdle (29 December 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F8ZHSGG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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One fine ordinary day, as Australians awoke to begin their usual routine.....they discovered their routine was shot to hell.

With the enemy pouring out of ships and planes the spirit of a country known far and wide for their bravery and spirit would tested to the limit.

Who would come their aid? New Zealand was a given, but the US was taking their time, as were the British, our natural allies, and all the while Aussies were dying in their tens of thousands and their defence forces were fragmented, conscripting willing civilians and conducting guerrilla sorties to limited effect.

For the first time since the English settled their convicts in Australia, war had come to the largest island continent.

This is a gripping read, and very well written. Full of fear, bravery, mateship and even indomitable aussie humour.

Happy reading!
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A great read!

Action, action, and action, never a dull moment.

The plot covers the invasion of Australia by Indonesia. The obvious reason why this (hopefully) never will happen is the ANZUS treaty and the thought of American intervention. This story plays out with the Americans pleading poverty and sitting out. The result: Indonesia invades successfully, and Australia's defence forces are completely overwhelmed. As a result, the remaining soldiers and civilians turn to a guerrilla campaign to hurt the invades as much as possible.
This novel was written well, with plenty of military knowledge, but well explained for the non-technical reader.
A job well done!
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I really liked this book, it's a great read, a real page turner. And it is an example of the great benefits of self and independent publishing that has come with new technologies.
The author has a great style which seems to be very personal. He is clearly a natural story teller. The narrative was interesting and rolled along at a cracking pace with all the action scenes set up very well and the action really well described. I was not surprised to read he has a military background, the military details, actions and tactics are described clearly and expertly.
The characters were interesting and well formed while a little stereotypical. However, that is not a significant drawback and actually may make tham more relatable. They are all very likable and it is clear the author had great affection for them. While, the setting in Australia is one of the great appeals of the story, it would be a pity if it didn't have high appeal to a larger international readership because then many readers would miss out on a great read and the author may not get the recognition he deserves.
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Keith McArdle writes a ripper of a yarn. I enjoyed his use of the Aussie slang. His method of how Australia was invaded was also thought provoking. I only wondered why Indonesia fought on its own, without any allies.
However, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
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An exciting story that moves along well.

Unfortunately for those who are picky on details, it is incredibly painful to read the many references to poor practices, incorrect facts and plain and simple lack of research on behalf of the author.

Read it for the story line, and treat it like complete fiction. Avoid learning anything from this book.
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The story line in this book was interesting and gripping.
Lots of adventure and a little frightening.
A pity there was what the author classes as Australian slang, I did not appreciate that.
But maybe that is just me.
Found I was reading it far into the night to see what the outcome to the plot was.
A good read.
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Keith McArdle tells a gripping tale of a hypothetical Indonesian invasion of Australia. Being able to so distinctly and vividly imagine landmarks as they were described truly helped strengthen the plausibility of the tale told. Each character is built up well, and you truly feel for each and every one through to the end.
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Provided food for thought, told in an interesting way keeping me engaged throughout the book. Believable scenarios and dithering political debates without too much dialog on the politics -- else would have lost my interest and curiosity in the unfolding dramas for the various characters - good read
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