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Published 1999. ISBN 0-908661-69-5
No longer in print. Available in most libraries.
Here is a truly remarkable story of mystery, suspense, acute danger and extraordinary courage – a modern shipwreck that could so easily have taken hundreds to their deaths.
In Death of a Cruise Ship, author Tom O’Connor presents a cross-section of the passengers, the entertainers and the crew as they move through a normal day ashore. Then when the worst kind of trouble occurs and the ship hits rocks, we follow these people through all their varied reactions and concerns, and sometimes desperate attempts to get free of the sinking ship.
True stories of several real Irishmen in the early 1800s are told through the adventures of the fictional Maurice O'Brien. After being convicted and transported to New South Wales, he escapes to New Zealand to carve out a new life with heathen savages and a new name. Hoping for peace and anonymity, he finds anything but. Maurice witnesses New Zealand’s pivotal moments as the Maori grapple with the arrival of Pakeha. When tensions rise over land, he must decide whose side is he on.
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