Unbound Justice: Volume One of The Sandstone Trilogy begins the journey of young John Leary as he boards a ship from Ireland bound for Australia in the 1850s. Unbeknownst to him, his sister is brutally raped by a William Baxterhouse. Baxterhouse plays a significant role in the business and life of Leary.
Leary is ambitious and a hard worker. Aboard the ship as a laborer, he finds himself falling in love with a female passenger, Clarissa McGuire. Unfortunately for Leary, he is way beneath her station in life so he must prove his worth to Clarissa’s mother and father who move in the upper echelon social circles.
Leary’s ambitions and the unlimited growth opportunities in Australia allows him to begin to build the empire and success he has longed to have. Along the way, he encounters many unsavory people who try to beat him down.
First, in a series of three, Unbound Justice is well written with rich characters who are fully developed. The storyline is smooth and flawless with several plot twists. Rich with vivid details of Sydney in the 1850s, readers cannot help but picture the beauty yet realize the rugged hardness to be found there.
Michael Beashel, the author, uses the story to emphasize the importance of family, one’s responsibility, love, revenge, and the hardness one will need to succeed. Beashel is a master storyteller.
I enjoyed this book immensely. It has something for everyone – drama, tragedy, love, intrigue, and action. Its historical accurateness is thorough and helps to move the story forward as well as engaging the reader. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
5 Star Rating.
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