Escape from Injustice, an e-book published, Copyright and written by Warne Wilson.
The story is preceded by a quote from Joseph Campbell: “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us” followed by a prologue describing an incident that occurred in 1850’s Ballarat, Southern Australia. Combined they provide the basic theme and setting for this book of the early developing country. The protagonist is John Lille, a 17-year-old college student with plans to graduate the following year, read law at Cambridge and join his barrister father’s practice in London. Unfortunately, he has an altercation with a classmate on a walk into town and although he only defended himself when attacked by his companion, the boy falls striking his head on a tree root and dies. Faced with imprisonment and probable hanging resultant from accusation by the boy’s vengeful father who threatens to produce a witness to outright murder, he flees with help from his father. Aboard ship to Australia, he makes friends with his barrister roommate and a very lovely young girl travelling with her mother from Ireland. He also learns to respect the reciprocal honor and trust that develops among the uneducated seamen who so constantly share recurring dangers. The relationship between John and Bernadette secretly blossoms and the two enter a partnership upon arriving in Melbourne. With help from his barrister friend he finds employment that leads to land speculation with his partner Bernadette, advances to a search for gold with additional partners who were members of the ship’s crew who had decided to take a run at prospecting. Now physically involved as well as partners with Bernadette, his life begins to take many turns that propel him and his friends through many adventures.
The author has set forth a tale that provides fascinating accounts of the scrambles for land acquisition in the newly developing country, the details of various steps in mining, the development of friction between the miners and the governing body and even interesting details of the differences between Catholicism and the Anglican Church and the demand for strict adherence required at that early time. It also is replete with constant setbacks for John along with the repetitive appearance of factors that might expose him as an escaped prisoner.
In summary, the author has presented an appealing tale in a well-written fashion with believable characters moving forward at a pleasant pace and has done so in a manner of writing that somehow, at least for this reader, recalls writers of an earlier age – a charming touch.
5* Charmingly presented historical fictional biography.