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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In Gerry Burke’s captivating historical novel, The Europeans: A Saga of Settlement Down Under, a Scot, a Greek, and an Irishman all arrive in Australia with great dreams but their lives follow different courses. Bing McKeon, a bulky confident Scot, arrives in Australia where he gradually grows his establishments. Though his life is not without trials, ever the self-assured man, Bing redeems himself from devastating events. Peter Papadopoulos, a brutal Greek who turns his luck and later becomes a renowned magnate after growing several businesses, is Bing’s prime rival. Their rivalry grows fiercer with each passing year as they try to outdo each other. Another main character, Matthew O’Gorman, is an Irishman who becomes a criminal in the hope of exacting revenge on the culprits involved in his downfall.
Gerry Burke’s development of the main and supporting characters in The Europeans is impressive. Each character has a fascinating story that adds depth to the plot. I loved that the novel is laced with humor which made each chapter entertaining and engaging. The plot contains many unexpected events, resulting in an absorbing novel. Different themes are explored but the rivalry between the main characters is the main theme. It holds the story together and forms the foundation of the novel. Burke’s expertise in horse racing and breeding also shines through each page. The Europeans: A Saga of Settlement Down Under is an adeptly developed historical novel with fascinating characters, humorous details, and riveting scenes.