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James Bradley
Wrack
Headline Books/Hodder Headline PLC

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


November 18, 1998
First time novelist Bradley manages to weave a fairly complex story of themes ranging from love to betrayal to obsession to murder to historical docu-drama. Indeed, for a freshman outing, I am impressed.

Set in Austrailia, Wrack is the tale of an archaeologist searching for the legendary lost wreck of a Portuguese caravel said to have lain buried beneath the sandhills of Australia. While on a dig for the elusive ship a decayed corpse is found which turns a 50-year old suicide case into a murder. A mysterious hermit living nearby, with only days to live, holds both the true identity of the dead man and the truth about the legendary wreck.

Despite using a fairly typical old-flames-rekindled formula to add a bit of romance to his book, Bradley manages to hold the reader's attention all the way through to the end, waiting until the final pages to let the truth escape from the mysterious hermit. Although this book is clearly fiction, it is rooted deeply in the historical debate surrounding the "discovery" of Australia, complete with reproductions of the Dieppe maps from the 16th century. I was so thoroughly intrigued by the historical aspect of the novel that I was prompted to do a bit of extracurricular research on the subject.

Wrack is an easy read, entertaining and suspenseful all the way through, with only a few of the glaring errors of first time novelists. The incorperation of so many themes, all cleanly running together, earn Bradley's first work a B+.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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