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The Reckoning: The Day Australia Fell (Unforseen Book 1)

I recently finished reading the electronic copy of "The Reckoning: The Day Australia Fell" by Keith McArdle.

The story is about the Indonesian invasion of Australia, and the activities of various groups of Aussies that resist the occupation.

" Australia has been invaded. While the outnumbered Australian Defence Force fights on the ground, in the air and at sea, this quickly becomes a war involving ordinary people. Ben, an IT consultant has never fought a day in his life. Will he survive? Grant, a security guard at Sydney's International Airport, finds himself captured and living in the filth and squalor of one of the concentration camps dotted around Australia. Knowing death awaits him if he stays, he plans a daring escape. This is a dark day in Australia's history. This is terror, loneliness, starvation and adrenaline all mixed together in a sour cocktail. This is the day Australia fell."

The book was a great read - I finished it in a day, which is something very rare for me these days. It was action packed and fast paced reading, and a whole lot of fun.

I did feel the ending was a bit rushed, but I won't go in to that here in case someone is wanting to read the book themselves.

Given the ending to the story, I was surprised to see that this is book one in a series, so I will be waiting for the new book with anticipation. According to Mr McArdle's web site, he has written 36% of the second book, as at the time I have made this blog post.

I think part of what makes the story so good is that Keith McArdle is ex Australian Military - from what I can tell via a search on the web he was a Rifleman in the Australian army before transferring to  the RAAF. He is currently a paramedic in Queensland.

This gives him a bit on an insight to base the characters on, as well as his own background to draw upon, including having served in Afghanistan.

I liked the book enough that I am tempted to buy a physical copy to go with my electronic copy, as I do prefer actual books to ones stored on a device.. besides, they look better on the book shelf.

Anyone wanted to visit Keith McArdle's web site can do so here: http://www.keithmcardle.com/

Those wanting the book can buy it from Amazon (paper back and kindle) if they can't find it anywhere else: http://www.amazon.com/the Reckoning

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Interestingly enough, I planned to do a wargame about ten years ago for Australia vs Indonesia, but the lack of miniatures put an end to it.  At the time I was able to get 28mm Australians, but no one makes Indonesians.
Eureka, who makes the Aussies, makes "Musorians", but they look more like African rebels than Indonesians.

 Reading this novel has sparked up the interest again.

With the demise of the Eureka 100/300 clubs I can no longer submit miniature requests to try and get some made, but I could always look at other countries to invade Australia to play out this war.

  I could use China as the enemy (Rebel Miniatures make some, as do QRF) but at this stage no one seems to make command figures for them.

Given that Mr Putin recently came to Australia with some of the Russian Navy in tow in case he was 'shirt fronted', I could feasibly use Russia as the invading nation. Eureka makes enough Modern Russians to play out this scenario.

It is something worth thinking about, especially as Khurasan doesn't look like adding to their North Korean range due to lack of sales. Maybe if they made some command figures they would sell more?


Keith said...


I'm just writing to say thank you for taking the time to write such an in depth review of The Reckoning!

Yours is not the first feedback I've received about the ending being rushed, so will definitely go over and improve the conclusion.

Aftermath (the sequel) is coming along well. There'll be a few new faces as well as many of the original characters.

Thanks again, I really appreciate it!

Kind regards,


Shelldrake said...

Thanks Keith, and thank you for signing the copy of your book I ordered recently.

Cheers, Ian