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At school, the morning bell rang well enough. The children were cooperative and eager to help in preparation for the inspector.

Without warning, their peace was shattered by the appearance at the window of a grotesquely masked figure. It was the start of a forty-eight hour ordeal of terror for Sally Jones and her small band of pupils, kidnapped by a gang of sinister and sad...more
Mass Market Paperback, 154 pages
Published March 12th 1982 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1980)
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I mean no offence to this book when I say I hated it. Ok, so really I do. It just really wasn't my cup of tea.

Fortress is a Suspense/Thriller novel that is based (loosely) around the events that occured during the Faraday kidnapping that occured in Australia.

This book just didn't do anything for me. Not only were there large parts that were totally pointless description (for example, "The Eagle turned and soared downward"... at a random place in the story when they were talking about a dead bo...more
This book is a very fast read that I just hated to put down once I started it.
It centres around a young female teacher, Sally Jones, who is almost at the end of her rural posting in a remote town in NSW, Australia and her small batch of students and the frightening event of their kidnapping by some young men wanting to hold them for ransom.
What I loved about this story was that a seemingly weak group made up of a young woman and some children never have a moment where they give up hope or just a...more
Apparently inspired by the Faraday kidnappings, at a rural school with only one teacher, the 20yr old female teacher and her children are kidnapped by men in masks and held for ransom.

Which is where the historical precedent becomes clear, because the teacher tries to calm down the kids by explaining they'll most likely be held for ransom when the kidnappers haven't expressed any such thing - maybe it's a sign of the times, but I sure didn't assume that you'd kidnap a bunch of schoolkids for rans...more
Rachel Whitley
I was eleven when I saw the movie "Fortress." Since I've always been intrigued by Australia in general and hope to visit someday, I developed a liking for the movie. I was thirteen when I learned there was a book before there was a movie, so the five-star rating I give this novel may be based more on a nostalgia for the reading of my youth, and less on its actual merit. I didn't even realize it was based on real events. It is a story filled with suspense, and I loved the "never give up" attitude...more
Randall Longmire
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Awesome retelling of the Faraday School kidnapping, a true event, in which the teacher and students of a small country school in rural Australia are kidnapped and held for ransom. One of the most unique plot lines put to paper, it stays with you long after the story is over.
I think this was a little advanced for primary school kids, and thought my teacher unprofessional for making us read it (and I seem to remember watching a movie too maybe? It may be my imagination though) and it's just... bad. Things happen for seemingly no reason.
Pauline Toohey
Oh dear!

Perhaps a storyline with lots of potential, but utterly failed. Grammar, character development, chronology of actions and believable emotions - eek.

Very disappointed.
The book is a frightening thriller that has a Lord of the Flies like quality to it. Be very afraid of children. Don't underestimate anyone.
Unsolved Mystery
May 27, 2010 Unsolved Mystery rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
As a child, I loved this movie. Recently I acquired the book. Like the movie, the book didn't disappoint me.
Aug 26, 2011 Nancy added it
One part is similar to the human qualities seen in Lord of the flies
Mar 26, 2014 John rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
a stupid book for kids perhaps.
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