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The Edge of Darkness

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ISBN: 9780473138165
ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780473138165
Author(s): Bryce Hadfield
Format: Paperback
Year: 2008
Publisher: W. & J. Harvey
Dimensions: 148 x 0 x 210 (w x l x h)
Pages: 450

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The land wars erupted in Taranaki and South Auckland. There was no roading infrastructure between towns at that time and many towns relied upon the services of coastal trading schooners. New Plymouth was a town isolated during the war and was totally dependent on shipping for supplies of food and goods. Sam Garrett, ship builder and owner, in partnership with Luke Proctor, plans to expand their coastal trading business by replacing their sailing ships with modern steamships. They have to contend not only with the wars, but also with sabotage from their long time adversary Charles Thornton from Sydney who attempts to destroy their family and business. Until the outbreak of the wars, Auckland and New Plymouth were thriving towns depending on local Maori villages to supply much of their needed produce. The sale of guns and ammunition to Maori was illegal but vast supplies had been smuggled into the Maori tribes and sold at exhorbitant prices to them for at least a year before the wars started. Luke is caught up in an ambush while visiting his brother in New Plymouth and dies. Sam is later drawn to Liz, Luke's widow. Sam's own marriage has been in tatters for some time.
The young men in the Garrett and Proctor families are drawn into the war and are forced to question their loyalties to their Maori friends. History is retold as the wars flourish and lifetime friendships between Maori and Pakeha are torn apart.

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