For me, there is nothing negative to say about this book. It is compelling from start to finish and if you like Australian history, as I do, you will surely count it as one of the best novels ever written about the subject. It is full of substance and written by an historian whose skill shines through. The language throughout and the atmosphere is superb and the characters drawn absolutely unforgettable. Is there a sequel somewhere off in the mists ? I hope so. In any case, if there is not, I will be waiting for this author's next novel to fill me with awe. I was able to picture the Hawkesbury River area very well, as I have visited towns along its reaches and I know the beauty of the area. Mr Cochrane, get cracking on your next big novel, be it the sequel or something equally as absorbing as "Martin Sparrow".