Like the California Gold Rush, gold mining in Western Australia began in the late nineteenth century. Unlike California, that first discovery in the Kimberley region evolved into a massive industry. But with it came the inevitable greed, corruption, and abuse of indigenous people.
GOLD! by Thomas Greenbank doesnâ€™t start in the 1800s, though. It begins in the late twentieth century and focuses on the Kincaid familyâ€”specifically, Malcolm Kincaid. When a person is described as a â€œself-made man,â€ it usually means heâ€™s ruthless. And Malcolm doesnâ€™t disappoint. In his quest for success, he destroys everything around himâ€”especially his family. Gold mining is a dangerous enterprise. Malcolm Kincaid makes it more treacherous.
The authorâ€™s treatment of this sprawling story is impressive. Each character is unique, and no one gets lost in the vast landscape of perilous mines and toxic water. If you enjoy tales of family history, high drama, and pathos, I recommend GOLD!
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GOLD! is a tale of greed, betrayal, family conflict, rape, and murder. It is also, however, a story of love and loyaltyâ€”and of how one manâ€™s pride and prejudice can lead to terrible retribution.
Malcolm Kincaid is a self-made man. He is also a ruthless businessman and opportunist. He knows what it takes to build and maintain a business empire, but how far will he be prepared to go to achieve his goalsâ€”and what will he sacrifice along the way?
Over three decades, Malcolm Kincaid uses, abuses, and dominates associates and family alike, crushing all opposition in his pursuit of wealth and power.
When he allows the pollution of an Aboriginal settlementâ€™s water supply, however, he faces justice of a kind he could never imagine.
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