Flight to Australia
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In 1969 David McGonigal, the son of an Irish father and a Welsh mother thought the violence of Ireland was behind him when he left the SAS and a covert life in the Home Office Counter Terrorism Unit. It wasn’t.
David shoots and kills a demented Catholic fanatic as he attempts to assassinate his mother, the famous Dr Phyllis McGonigal, a world leader in birth control and female reproduction. David’s photograph appears in the national press. He is recognised by old enemies in the Republic of Ireland and they try to kill him.
David’s grandmother, a politically powerful Irish woman, brokers a deal with the IRA. David and his new wife, Barbara, are exiled to Western Australia to live with his Uncle Paul. Forty years previously this influential woman spirited Paul out of Ireland after he botched an IRA murder mission. The old lady called in old debts and they were paid.
Paul McGonigal is very rich he owns land and gold mines and mineral assets, which nobody knows about – or so he thinks. He leads a quiet life. The mineral boom has started and he is in the thick of it.
Flight to Australia tells of David and Barbara’s first month in exile. On their first day there is a bomb threat. David fears the IRA have reneged on the deal, but they discover Paul is the target. Paul doesn’t know who wants him dead or why – but they keep on trying.
Flight to Australia is a story of love and tragedy and of love found again. From Perth to the Kimberley, a breathtaking story of greed, violence and corruption in high places.
Flight to Australia stands on its own as a compelling novel and is the sequel to Hearts of Stone, where the story begins.