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Glenn Leonberger said:   March 21, 2012 8:29 am PST
I found “The Curse of the Radiant Opal" to be not only interesting and a pleasant read but also very informative about both life in the Outback and opal mining. Though not for everyone, I think this book would be very enjoyable for people who like reading stories that, like opals, have many layers and require thoughtful appreciation. Initially it was a very slow read but once I started feeling more comfortable with the Wallangulla vernacular, I was able to get into “the flow” of the story. To that end, while keeping a full glossary in the back of the book, in future editions it might help if a small list of the most commonly used Outback terms were listed at the front of the book or in the Forward section rather than putting them at the bottom of many of the first few pages. All in all it was definitely a worthwhile investment of my time to read this book and I would certainly recommend it to others.

Harvey Hagman said:   February 28, 2012 9:53 am PST
"The Curse of the Radiant Opal" transported me into another world, the world of the Aussie Outback, but specifically Wallangulla, with its miners, characters, unique characteristics and precious radiant opals. Buy "The Curse." Read it. Enjoy it. I did.

Randy Schreiner said:   February 28, 2012 9:10 am PST
I loved the Curse of the Radiant Opal and had a very hard time putting it down. I'm impressed by the description of the characters and found myself with strong emotional reactions to many of them. It was interesting to see how the author weaved in classical music and Viking's mythology, which I didn't really understand before reading the book. And I definitely learned a lot about opal mining and this exotic place in the Outback.

Patrick said:   February 25, 2012 12:42 pm PST
I just finished the book. It was a very pleasant read with lots of twists and turns. I recommend it to any one that likes to read.

John Buckner said:   January 9, 2012 7:49 am PST
I've finally finished reading Curse of the Radiant Opal for the second time. I think it compares favorably with Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", in that Anskar brings to life the Walangulla in the same way that Conrad brought to life "The (Congo?) River". Anskar does one better and brings to life the people that populate the Wallangulla, Australians in general and many other peoples that give life to Anskar's story. (I would also mention a Robert A. Heinlein novel but that might be spoiler.) Thanks again for a wonderful read.

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