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 doesn’t start in the 1800s, though. It begins in the late twentieth century and focuses on the Kincaid family—specifically, Malcolm Kincaid. When a person is described as a “self-made man,” it usually means he’s ruthless. And Malcolm doesn’t disappoint. In his quest for success, he destroys everything around him—especially his family. Gold mining is a dangerous enterprise. Malcolm Kincaid makes it more treacherous.
The author’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 loyalty—and of how one man’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 goals—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 settlement’s water supply, however, he faces justice of a kind he could never imagine.
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