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John Graham's story is not well known - certainly not as well known as that of Eliza Fraser whose life is integrally and forever linked with the Irish convict's. That's surprising, to us at least, because John's adventures in the wilds of an untamed Australia must surely rank with the most incredible true-life tales of survival. Not only Down Under, in Australia, but anywhere in the world. Having both lived in south east Queensland for many years, and having regularly visited the Kabis' former domain (the Sunshine Coast), we can only marvel at John Graham's bravery, endurance, fortitude and gumption. Though WHITE SPIRIT is first and foremost a novel and therefore a work of fiction, many of the adventures described herein happened - exactly as related in some cases, and with some embellishments for drama's sake in others. In reality, John's story was so unbelievably remarkable it needn't have been dramatized. However, as novelists, we couldn't resist expanding upon and adding characters to certain true-life events. The great challenge, of course, was the need to always stay true to the broad historical realities while subtly infusing "fiction". We sincerely hope we have also done justice to the Indigenous Australians in our writing. We strived for accuracy and balance in our portrayals of these unique people. Through Eliza Fraser's experience, we show the cruelty the Kabi were capable of, while, through John's experiences, we show their love for family, their community-mindedness, their incredible hunting and tracking skills, and their ability to survive in the most unforgiving of environments.

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Lance and James Morcan are a New Zealand father-and-son writing and filmmaking team. Their literary works include 11 published non-fiction titles, including eight in the popular The Underground Knowledge Series; they have written seven published novels in the thriller and historical adventure genres, including The Ninth Orphan, The Orphan Factory, The Orphan Uprising, World Odyssey, Fiji: A Novel and Into the Americas. Several of these books, including Genius Intelligence and Into the Americas, are regular visitors to Amazon's bestseller lists on Kindle. The Morcans have adapted some of their novels to feature film screenplays. These are in development with their film production company Morcan Motion Pictures, and they include Into the Americas.


"The best way to describe this novel is disturbing, brutal, honest, and unputdownable. It is real, very, very real with fascinating characters at the helm. Very highly recommended! Both men and women will enjoy the story." -Great Historical Reviews; "Compelling, thought-provoking...a great read!" -Sheri A. Wilkinson; "This was such a captivating story, and it made for a few very enjoyable days of reading. I would definitely recommend it." -Amazon Australia Top 50 reviewer Todd Simpson; "This is Lance and James Morcan's best work to date. It is up there with Colleen McCullough's Thorn Birds." -Author Yvonne Crowe; "One of the best novels I have ever read it kept me enthralled from start to finish I couldn't put it down "a real fecking page turner" which will have you rooting for the Irishman John Graham." -Amazon Customer

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