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Tommo and Hawk (The Potato Factory #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  5,170 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
675 pages. Book is in Very good condition throughout. Brutally Kidnapped And Separated In Childhood, Tommo And Hawk Are Reunited At The Age Of Fifteen In Hobart Town. 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 Goldf ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 688 pages
Published June 30th 1999 by Penguin Books Australia (first published January 1st 1998)
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Oct 05, 2007 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 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!
Fay Cottle
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a little too coarse for my taste, but I did enjoy it for its historical value.
Mar 17, 2012 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
Stuart Fujisaki
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Jan 29, 2012 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
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
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
Mar 17, 2013 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
Aug 26, 2014 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
Sue Smith
Jan 10, 2011 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
Bookish Enchantment
Jan 01, 2011 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.
Asheena Budhai
Aug 31, 2015 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.
Jul 22, 2008 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.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved the adventure, loved the adventure.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a bit, well, boring. It also contained a truly laughable sex scene. Still, I did learn some history about the New Zealand wars - mainly because I looked them up from other sources - so not all was most.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The second in the Potato Factory trilogy. Excellent story of the second generation of those who were sent to Australia from England in the 1800s (criminal element). Courtenay (author) and Bower (narrator) are made for each other when it comes to story telling.
Shirley Baerken
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one is at the top of the list. What a fabulous book and I highly recommend it be read by everyone!!
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This 2nd in the trilogy continued the story of the richly written characters of Ikey and Mary and their children. I can't wait to read the finale.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-challenge
couldnt put it down thrilling
Jeffrey Rasley
Jan 10, 2014 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
Jun 07, 2010 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
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first two books of this trilogy were given to me, so I continued on with the second 'Tommo and Hawk' after surprisingly enjoying 'The Potato Factory' It was annoying that Bryce Courtenay felt it necessary to continually repeat text from book 1, in some cases assuming the reader was new to the trilogy. That aside, the storyline continued, focusing on the journey of the two brothers, from their release of their captures and the extensive time spent with Maori tribes in New Zealand. This book c ...more
Oct 14, 2014 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
Aug 18, 2013 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
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a continuation of "The Potato Factory". You could read this as a standalone novel – there is a nice succinct summary in the opening chapters – but why? Bryce Courtenay continues the story of Ikey and Mary and adds a second generation to his view of Australia’s history.

While all of the characters are intent upon recovery Ikey’s fortune left (hidden) in London, Mary’s sons, Hawk and Tommo – and their exploits – provide the reader with the backdrop of life in Australia and New Zealand the m
Monique Takerei
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Aug 21, 2013 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
Lance Agena
Feb 22, 2014 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
Sep 05, 2013 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
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The Potato Factory (3 books)
  • The Potato Factory (The Potato Factory, #1)
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