On the Java Ridge reviewed by Wendy

Three stories entwine to make this readable political thriller.

Cassius Calvert MP is the federal minister for Border Integrity. He has just been presented with his government announcing that Australia will no longer give assistance to any boat departing from Indonesia.

We are introduced to Isi Natalie, the skipper of a tourist charter boat hosting a group of surfers seeking the perfect wave off the Indonesian island of Dana.

Then there is the Takalar – an Indonesian boat full of refugees seeking a better life in Australia.

Throw in a fierce storm and the scene is set for this harrowing read.


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