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The Ministry Communications Unit by Gordon Smith

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The Ministry Communications Unit: It didnā€™t happen, but it could have! is a historical fiction/romance /adventure novel by Gordon Smith.

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Prior to the Second World War, Japan and Australia had been successful trading partners, but after Japanā€™s attack on Pearl Harbour, Australia was soon at war with Japan. Various attacks by Japan soon followed and the citizens of Australia became afraid and were ready to bolt inland from the coastal regions. In 1942, General McArthur set up his headquarters for the Pacific in Brisbane and, as a result, the city needed a civilian population to ensure the smooth operation of its essential services. Due to its proximity to the Pacific battlefronts, it was a crucial geographic point for resupplying troops in battle ā€“ from both sides of the war. A plan was soon hatched to make newsreel films and articles that would not only reassure Australiaā€™s civilians that they would be safe from Japanese threat, but, at the same time, they would also be leaked to the Japanese in an effort to convince them that Brisbane was too difficult a city to invade. The Ministry Communications Unit chronicles the creation and development of the special public relations unit that created those movies and articles.

It is also about adventure, romance, glory and also personal sacrifice. The Ministry Communications unit, tells the tale of how the unit developed along with the interactions of people causing interest and romances to begin. But nothing in the path of love can run smoothly and as the young men and women become romantically involved they then become shocked by the horrific hospital boat sinking.



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author Gordon smith pictureThe Ministry Communications Unit was a fictional unit of the Australian defence force during World War 2. Although it may have been fictional, it could possibly be real.

The story is one about the men and women who were in this unit and the work they undertook. They were to make newsreel shorts to be shown to the population to give confidence that an invasion by the Japanese would be too difficult and therefore no invasion would take place.

Romanced developed between some of the unitā€™s members and you will be taken into their intimate thoughts.

When a Japanese submarine sinks the hospital ship Centaur, just off the Caloundra Coast everyone in unit realises that war is very close.

The husband of a team member goes missing when the flight from England crashes in the Indian Ocean. She then throws herself into new tasks and gains many accolades both as an interviewer as well as a person.
After the war is over the unit disbands, but are employed by a major Hollywood studio to make movies in Australia.

This story has it all! Adventure, Romance, Weddings, and intrigue. There is even an unexpected battle scene.

Although a work of historical fiction, The Ministry Communications Unit is a very successful story. The plot is well conceived, the characters’ actions seem fitting for the time, and the background of the war provides an easily reachable and acceptable scenario for this story.

(Gordon Smith, April 2017)

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An Australian Story by Gordon Smith

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An Australian Story: The saga of an Australian Family over two centuriesĀ is a family history by Gordon Smith.

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The story of an Australian Family beginning in 1808 and up to 1998. The story of courage and pioneering spirit. The story of hardship and loss. The never-ending story of love and family. Two world wars and 4 soldiers lost. This is a story of a family and the history that happened around them.




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author Gordon smith pictureAn Australian story is a saga about an Australian Family and how historical events affected the family. It spans 2 centuries.

It starts with the sentencing of a petty criminal (William Chalker) in England who is sentenced to transportation. It tells the story of how a convict becomes a free settler at the end of his sentence and the hardships of building a life in a strange undeveloped land.

The Sag explores the corruption in the early colony along with the pioneering spirit of Australiaā€™s earliest settlers.

The marriages, the children and excitement of many generations.

Like any family, there is a mixture of heroes and villains who all contribute to the tapestry of the story.

When war comes along in the early 1900ā€™s, the family rallies to the call, but not all of those who went return. When the next war came along, most of the men signed on.

The story concluded in 1998 when Willian Chalkerā€™s great, great, great granddaughter passed away.

(Gordon Smith, April 2017)

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A Traitor’s Fate by Derek Birks

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A Traitor’s FateĀ is the second book of the Rebels & Brothers historical fiction series by Derek Birks.

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During the Wars of the Roses, peace never lastsā€¦
It is 1464. Ned Elder and his two sisters, Emma & Eleanor, have won a hard-fought peace and their feud with the Radcliffes seems long over, but one man never accepted the outcome. After three bitter years of waiting to destroy the Elders, a new ally provides him with a fresh opportunity for revenge.

When Ned is summoned to confront a Lancastrian revolt by the new king, Edward of York, he finds his enemies are not just amongst the ranks of the rebels. Branded a traitor by his own commander, the Earl of Warwick, Ned is soon a wanted man in hostile territory and the price on his head only rises when he stumbles upon a royal secret.

Meanwhile, Eleanor and Emma watch over Nedā€™s pregnant wife, Amelie, with only a small garrison of old men and boys to protect them. The feud may have ended, but the scars run deep for all three women and they must hold their nerve and prepare to defend themselves at any cost.

A condemned man, Ned must find a way to escape his pursuers or else the whole Elder family will be destroyed.



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In A Traitorā€™s Fate, the sequel to Feud, I wanted to recapture the essence of the first book without simply repeating what went before. The story of the Elders has moved on three years, but the civil war is not quite over and Ned is obliged to take up his sword again. The focus moves to the north of England where he discovers family roots that he never knew existed.

The events of Feud have taken their toll on the womenfolk, damaged in so many ways, but children have since been born and now the women seek some peace. However, they are unlikely to get it because, if the war is not yet over, nor is the family feud that began all the Eldersā€™ troubles in book 1.

As with all my books, I spent a lot of time researching both the events and the places around which this story takes place. Again it is rooted in accurate history and the story does not ignore the hardships and trials of the lesser men and women: servants and men at arms.

The series continues with Kingdom of Rebels and concludes with The Last Shroud.

(Derek Birks, March 2017)

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Book 1 – Feud

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