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Tommo and Hawk (The Potato Factory #2)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,716 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of fifteen in Hobart. Together they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and ...more
Hardcover, 675 pages
Published December 31st 1998 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1998)
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Oct 05, 2007 Marissa rated it it was amazing
I didn't think it could get better but this one was just as amazing as The Potato Factory. Mr. Courtenay continued the story of Ikey and Mary through to the lives of their adopted children, Tommo and Hawk. OMG! I am sorry that this book is over but so glad there is a 3rd book!!!! I am continually amazed by how real Bryce Courtney can make history seem. I learn so much about history and human nature while reading his books. While it is true that life is stranger than fiction- Bryce's fiction carr ...more
Dusty Burgmans
Dec 26, 2010 Dusty Burgmans rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd in the Potato Factory trilogy. Start with Potato Factory, then Tommo & Hawk, then Solomon's Song! I just loved this whole series! Read the synopsis but be ready for a rich history of Australia and well developed characters you truly care about. Don't read just one of these and best to read them in order. I listened to the audio version and the reader was exceptional!
Stuart Fujisaki
Feb 06, 2013 Stuart Fujisaki rated it it was ok
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Apr 01, 2012 Debby rated it really liked it
I won't write a long and detailed review, as so many others have done a great job of it. I listened to this in audio, narrated by Humphrey Bower. Love this narrator, and I felt as I though there were multiple characters narrating. I strongly recommend that The Potato Factory is where to start. Vital info in the first book hinder getting to know many of the key characters-- especially Ikey Solomon. I grew to admire Hawk's integrity and his devotion to his brother. As a woman, the preparation for ...more
Fay Cottle
Dec 13, 2012 Fay Cottle rated it really liked it
This book was a little too coarse for my taste, but I did enjoy it for its historical value.
This is Book #2 in this trilogy of the history of Australia.. I met Hawk and Tommo in the first book and was anxious to learn more about these men and how Australian history was woven into their adventures.

I gave this book 3 stars because all the dialogue bored me.. There was a lot of dialogue, which did add a certain understanding to each particular situation... but I wanted to move more quickly to the next historical situation and the next adventure..

And oh, the adventures Hawk and Tomma had
Kathleen Hagen
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This is the second book in the series, about Ikey Solomon and the next generations in 19th century Australia. In this second book, the twins have been reunited after having been kidnapped. Hawk was found fairly soon after the kidnapping, but Tommo wasn’t found for seven years. Both underwent horrible abuse during their kidnapping. Mary Abacus wants her two sons to remain in Tasm
Mar 25, 2013 Pamela rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in The Australian Trilogy by Bruce Courtenay. I finished the first book, and moved hungrily on to this one because I had to find out what happens to Tommo and Hawk as they develop as human beings in their world. Their inner thoughts, their conflicts, the choices they make, what happens to their families: I had to know.
All of the characters remain true to themselves throughout the story, and I know this because I have been given the inside story in the narrative. And, I k
Sue Smith
Jan 17, 2011 Sue Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent continuation of the story started in the book 'The Potato Factory', following the twin brothers Tommo and Hawk as they become young men finding their way in an often cruel world. So incredibly well written, with descriptions that paint vivid pictures that really let you in on the tales as if you were right along side them as their adventures unwind. Often tragic but always uplifting, it's really an epic tale of how you can become you're own person in a world that seems fraught with ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Shari rated it it was amazing
When I read this book, I didn't know it was the second book in a trilogy. I thought I'd get lost in story, but that wasn't the case at all. I enjoyed it so much that I went to buy the first and the third books. There wasn't a boring instance in this thick book. The characters were so alive and movingly portrayed they were really leaping out of the pages. The ending was hanging, which of course was understandable, but the book can stand on its own. The bits about New Zealand and Australia - and t ...more
Katie Q
Jan 01, 2011 Katie Q rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read
Courtenay has written a book steeped in the richness of early Australian History.

I did find this book a little disappointing. I am not much into violence and I found that whilst historically correct (assumption) many of the violent scenes were too long and graphic for my liking.

The book depicts in detail the quality of characters and hardships of early Australia in a pleasing and vivid way.
Aug 26, 2014 Calum rated it liked it
Overall, a decent, captivating novel. However I have a couple issues with it.
Firstly it is extremely gruesome and quite explicate in content with scenes that are present just for the hell of it and barley contribute in any way to the development or expansion of the plot.
Secondly, what's to go with Bryce's novels?? I swear the is just the Australian The Power Of One all over again. Same themes (fighting, betting, fixed betting, racism, same punch combinations, same lame sun-in-their-eyes trick
Jeffrey Rasley
Jan 10, 2014 Jeffrey Rasley rated it really liked it
Tommo & Hawk is the second in Courtenay's Potato Factory Trilogy. Courtenay is a master s storyteller, indeed. Per a previous reviewer, I'd say at least as good as Hemmingway. His description of life in 19th Century Colonial Australia & New Zealand is that of
"nasty, brutish, and short men", other than the saintly and gigantic Hawk. My criticism of the first book in the series was that Courtenay was too cruel to Mary -- just over-the-top, horribly sadistic gratuitous violence perpetrated
Lance Agena
Feb 22, 2014 Lance Agena rated it liked it
While I enjoyed this follow-up to The Potato Factory, it was another take on the storyline that didn't focus on the characters that I love so much, Ikey and Mary. Nothing in Courtenay's stories allow for characters' happiness to last for long. And being that the reviews for the third book in the series had poor comments, I knew I wasn't going to read it so I should have stopped at the second to last chapter of this book where everything seemed to be nice and tidy at the end. Still, the writing w ...more
Jul 22, 2008 Linda rated it really liked it
Very interesting historical novel - starts out in Dickens-like London and ends up in Australia - learned much about life of those times, whaling, Maori customs. Very long books--overly descriptive at times.
Apr 24, 2014 Tegan rated it really liked it
I picked this book up and started reading, not realising it was the second in a trilogy. It didn't matter. I loved Tommo and Hawk as characters, and could not put this book down.

While I found their adventures in NZ a little bit boring, I felt that it added to our understanding of Hawk as a character, and this complaint is minor compared to the whole scope of the book and how enjoyable the rest of it was.

While the ended was a little abrupt and unpleasant, I kind of felt that it made a somewhat-n
Apr 15, 2015 Jacinta rated it really liked it
Endearing and brutal, the story of these unlikely twins with an enduring bond. Their adventures take them from thier stolen boyhood through to manhood, by way of the Goldfields of WA, NZ and shaling in thd Pacific, all the while leaning on and supporting each other like the yin and yang they quite literally are. I find it hard not to be repetative about Courtenay's work but he is a magnificent storyteller, nails characterisation and weaves in history, and the geographical and social landscape be ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Urszula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, audio-book
Simply - great, well written story. From the very beginning I liked both Tommo and Hawk. I was not aware that this is the second book in trilogy, but I can easily say that it did not take any enojoyment out of it.

This story of two brothers was full of horrror, pain and from time to time of love. Their adventures were so well described that I found myself with them on a whaling ship, in New Zelands's wilderness fighting bloody wars, and in Sydney, living my life in a new colony. This story was to
Sep 13, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have yet to be disappointed by anything that Bryce Courtenay writes. My first Courtenay experience was with The Power of One. This is one of those books that will stick with you and is one you'll never forget. I moved on to the sequel, Tandia, and loved it also. I couldn't quit on Courtenay after that and moved on to The Potato Factory, the first in his Australian trilogy. Amazing. Then on to Tommo and Hawk. As this one ended, I experienced so much emotion I burst into tears. I couldn't pick u ...more
Aug 18, 2013 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We are huge Bryce Courtenay fans, and also fans of Humphrey Bower who reads the audio book versions. Tommo & Hawk doesn't disappoint, and is probably a bit less violent than the other books, although the villains are totally evil. There is no doubt that Bryce is telling history at points in the book, and maybe it's a bit too obvious, but still, he's done his research, and it's an interesting history. For example, the passages on whaling are fascinating in their own right, and jibe with what ...more
Asheena Budhai
Sep 05, 2015 Asheena Budhai rated it it was ok
I love Bryce Courtenay's books, however this sequel started of well, but became too predictable. The characters of Tommo and Hawk were difficult to fall in love with, which was entirely the opposite of Ikey and Mary in The Potato Factory. The story showed very little personal growth in the characters, which was what I was looking for after all the adventures. However I recommend it only as a continuation of the Solomon's story.
Sep 26, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Well it is solidified, Bryce Courtenay is one of my very favorite authors. This book was the second in a series about Australia and its history, and I enjoyed it even more than the first (The Potato Factory). The character development is excellent, story is gripping, and he even managed to work some boxing in there! It covers the whaling industry in New Zealand in the early 1900s, the wrestle between the white man and the native, the battle between good and evil, and the unbreakable bonds of fam ...more
Aug 21, 2014 Marymodavis rated it really liked it
The sequel to The Potato Factory. Love the characters,story and bit of history but don't think I'll read the last book in the series. Eventually I'll probably finish the trilogy but this didn't leave me feeling like I had to read it. I'm ready to move onto something else although i think Bryce Courtney was a wonderful writer and I always enjoy his books.
Dec 05, 2014 Jeanne rated it really liked it
This is the second book in The Australian Trilogy. I have loved the two I have read. The characters are Dickensesque in their imperfections, code of ethics, raw survival and interpretation of morality. The are survivors and you will love them. The plot is complex and informative. The writing flows to the paper to create a very enjoyable read.
Monique Takerei
Feb 13, 2011 Monique Takerei rated it really liked it
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Oct 17, 2011 Ida rated it really liked it
I read "Tommo and Hawk" despite the fact that I knew it was the 2nd book in a trilogy. Somewhere I read that it was a stand-alone novel, but I disagree as the ending is too hastily covered and omits essential characters. I was somewhat dissatisfied. Why can't a novel have an uplifting conclusion? Even without the knowledge of a sequel, one would hope there was more to come. For me, the ending left the reader hanging.
Regardless, this is a very well-told tale of twin brothers who have had to endu
Sep 07, 2013 Sher rated it it was ok
A very weak ending which I find extremely irritating. This author appears to be lazy or greedy as the story is unfinished requiring reader to purchase the next book of the triad to learn the demise of a principle character. Good books in a series stand alone and don't resort to such cheap tricks. Had I not already purchased the third and final book of the series I would not have made the purchase on principle alone. I find it so ironic this book is a about greed & standing up to the injustic ...more
Aug 26, 2013 Margaret rated it really liked it
I really enjoy books in a series... but I get annoyed when a book does not really end. This was like book 2 in the girl with the dragon tatoo. It leaves you wondering what happens to the major players. It felt like the end of chapter, not the end of a book. I don't want to spoil the story but there was a point about a chapter back when this book could have ended in a more complete way. I just read the reviews for the last book and many of the readers were disappointed. They echoed my evalution o ...more
Fred Charles
Feb 07, 2015 Fred Charles rated it it was amazing
Book two of the series of life in early Australia with two very different brothers in a very difficult environment.
Very difficult to put it down.
As always with Courtenay, written so the reader will happily read previously disliked subjects.
Dianna Shimizu
May 14, 2016 Dianna Shimizu rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the trilogy and I'm finding I'm enjoying it even more the second time around. The first time, I was concentrating on the story line, but this time, I concentrated more on the details and was amazed at how much I missed the first time around.
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I was born illegitimately in 1933 in South Africa and spent my early childhood years in a small town deep in the heart of the Lebombo mountains.

It was a somewhat isolated community and I grew up among farm folk and the African people. At the age of five I was sent to a boarding school which might be better described as a combination orphanage and reform school, where I learned to box - though less
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The Potato Factory (3 books)
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