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A Very Private War - CLEARY, Jon

Collins, 1980, Hardback ..
Condition: Very Good.

The Coastwatchers were just that - untrained men, planters for the most part, required to keep an eye open for the Japanese as the enemy swarmed down towards Australia in the fateful year of 1942. Con Mullane was one of the Coastwatchers, an American haunted by the dreadful memory of the murder of his Japanese wife by the secret police in Tokyo. Frank Vokes, a cheerful enigmatic Australian, was his partner in their assignment. Together with Buka, a native plantation foreman, and Ruth Riddle, a medical assistant and a halfcaste in a society that had always put her in her place, the two Coastwatchers took to the jungles of New Britain, faced with a task far beyond the scope of anything for which they had volunteered.The Solomon Islands, astride the lifeline from America to Australia, looked ready to fall to the advancing Japanese. Vital information was needed and to secure it Mullane and Vokes had to venture into the very heart of the Japanese occupied area of Rabaul.This is a story of high adventure, not of heroes or supermen but of ordinary men and women battling in intolerable conditions against constant, unrelenting danger. It is an adventure story with fully-rounded characters whose fate becomes as important to the reader as his own.

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