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The Megawind Cancellation by Bernard Boucher

The Megawind Cancellation by Bernard Boucher

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The Megawind Cancellation

A suspense novel of the Great Darwin Disaster

by Bernard Boucher

Macmillan, 1979, [First Edition], ISBN 0333255038, hardcover, dustjacket

Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, minor rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, no inscriptions, dustjacket shows minor edge and shelf wear with minor rubbing and bumping to edges and corners (see photographs)

“They named the Megawind Cyclone Tracy.  In the first dark hours of Christmas Day, 1974, it swept in from the sea and destroyed Darwin in Australia’s worst natural disaster.  During a night of terror and sudden death, the ferocious forces of nature smashed the isolated city as effectively as an atomic bomb, leaving 45,000 shocked refugees huddled in the ruins without food, water, electricity and communications.
In the struggle for survival law and order broke down, looters moved through the streets and the threat of disease mounted as a massive airlift was launched to rescue the homeless,  Against the factual background of the great Darwin disaster, Bernard Boucher has created a fast-paced suspense novel, a gripping story of a big-time drug smuggling, murder and sex.  The action switches from Sydney to Canberra and rolls with the huge road trains along one of the world’s toughest and most treacherous highways – the 2000-mile desert track through the untamed heart of Australia with all its dangers and colourful characters.  The author rode the road trains to gain an authentic setting for his story.  As a journalist he covered the Darwin disaster, spending four days in the devastated city before flying out as a refugee.  His stunning first novel reveals a talent capable of drawing his readers right into the eye of the cyclone and making them feel that they have truly experienced the Megawind.”


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