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As the Allied forces fight to repel invaders in the Pacific, the Duffy and Macintosh clans face their greatest challenges at home. Sergeant Jessica Duffy relishes her work as a code breaker in MacArthur’s headquarters but is also secretly reporting on the Americans to the Prime Minister. When she uncovers treason at the highest levels, neither duty nor dishonour will stop h As the Allied forces fight to repel invaders in the Pacific, the Duffy and Macintosh clans face their greatest challenges at home. Sergeant Jessica Duffy relishes her work as a code breaker in MacArthur’s headquarters but is also secretly reporting on the Americans to the Prime Minister. When she uncovers treason at the highest levels, neither duty nor dishonour will stop her getting justice. Captain James Duffy, a decorated fighter pilot with the United States Marine Corps, is expected to wait out the war assisting the bond effort, helping to make movies that gloss over the tragic realities of combat. Despite his scars, he is desperate to return to the cockpit ... until a chance meeting gives him something new to fight for. Major David Macintosh has survived prison camps, torture and countless battles, but can he endure the machinations of his obsessive cousin, Sarah? Sarah is prepared to do anything to take over the family companies, and will destroy anyone who gets in her way. From the frontlines of the Pacific to the back lots of Hollywood, a new generation faces deadly missions, impossible choices and an inescapable family legacy.


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As the Allied forces fight to repel invaders in the Pacific, the Duffy and Macintosh clans face their greatest challenges at home. Sergeant Jessica Duffy relishes her work as a code breaker in MacArthur’s headquarters but is also secretly reporting on the Americans to the Prime Minister. When she uncovers treason at the highest levels, neither duty nor dishonour will stop h As the Allied forces fight to repel invaders in the Pacific, the Duffy and Macintosh clans face their greatest challenges at home. Sergeant Jessica Duffy relishes her work as a code breaker in MacArthur’s headquarters but is also secretly reporting on the Americans to the Prime Minister. When she uncovers treason at the highest levels, neither duty nor dishonour will stop her getting justice. Captain James Duffy, a decorated fighter pilot with the United States Marine Corps, is expected to wait out the war assisting the bond effort, helping to make movies that gloss over the tragic realities of combat. Despite his scars, he is desperate to return to the cockpit ... until a chance meeting gives him something new to fight for. Major David Macintosh has survived prison camps, torture and countless battles, but can he endure the machinations of his obsessive cousin, Sarah? Sarah is prepared to do anything to take over the family companies, and will destroy anyone who gets in her way. From the frontlines of the Pacific to the back lots of Hollywood, a new generation faces deadly missions, impossible choices and an inescapable family legacy.

30 review for Beneath a Rising Sun

  1. 4 out of 5

    Max Coggan

    There were too many characters in this novel and at times they didn't connect. There were too many characters in this novel and at times they didn't connect.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lee McKerracher

    Even though this book is part of a series, it definitely can be read as a stand alone, as I did. It's a great saga about the ongoing rivalries between the Duffy and Macintosh families focusing on the lengths some members of these dynasties will go to to get their revenge. There are two very strong female characters in this story: Sarah Macintosh who has inherited her father's ruthless character and Sergeant Jessica Duffy who, perhaps in searching for her true purpose, discovers courage and streng Even though this book is part of a series, it definitely can be read as a stand alone, as I did. It's a great saga about the ongoing rivalries between the Duffy and Macintosh families focusing on the lengths some members of these dynasties will go to to get their revenge. There are two very strong female characters in this story: Sarah Macintosh who has inherited her father's ruthless character and Sergeant Jessica Duffy who, perhaps in searching for her true purpose, discovers courage and strength she did not know she possessed, which becomes a turning point in the story. A World War II setting also adds complexity to the plot as the scenes of murder, betrayal, love and treason play out in Sydney, the Pacific islands and the US. My only disappointment was the conclusion. Peter Watt had invested a lot of time in developing the details of the various story lines running through the plot, then suddenly, there's a two page epilogue where everything is summed up. It was too simply brushed over which made the ending seem rushed, unfinished and disappointing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Enjoyed journeying with the familiar characters in this series & the way that wartime in Australia was captured.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nigel Copeman

    People come and go Who survived to carry on between the war and business life. You will have to read the book to find out. Another great story by this author hence 5 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Igor

    10 down, 2 to go.....

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Peter Watt is an Australian author who specialises in novels about WWII. I was given this book as a Christmas gift by a friend. The novel is a complete work of fiction. However, the general outline of the time period closely follows the path of the Pacific war as well as the political climate in Australia at the time, including the dancing around different feelings and attitudes between the two allies: Australia and the USA. The novel follows two powerful Aussie families: The Macintosh's and the Peter Watt is an Australian author who specialises in novels about WWII. I was given this book as a Christmas gift by a friend. The novel is a complete work of fiction. However, the general outline of the time period closely follows the path of the Pacific war as well as the political climate in Australia at the time, including the dancing around different feelings and attitudes between the two allies: Australia and the USA. The novel follows two powerful Aussie families: The Macintosh's and the Duffy's especially following the threads of Jessica and James Duffy, and David and Sarah Macintosh. The novel was a real page turner and kept me moving on to what would happen around the next plot twist. The novel also gave a different view of how the Pacific campaign was handled (only really having had the US point of view.) I enjoyed this very much.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    A good read during World War II with 2 families intertwined. While I enjoyed the read I can away feeling somewhat unsatisfied. Some of the back stories weren't really explained fully, the connections between the characters didn't always explain why they were in the book, and to top it off some stories were just left hanging. While saying all of the I enjoyed my first foray with Peter Watt and will be reading some of his other novels. And now having checked out Peter's other books I now see I was A good read during World War II with 2 families intertwined. While I enjoyed the read I can away feeling somewhat unsatisfied. Some of the back stories weren't really explained fully, the connections between the characters didn't always explain why they were in the book, and to top it off some stories were just left hanging. While saying all of the I enjoyed my first foray with Peter Watt and will be reading some of his other novels. And now having checked out Peter's other books I now see I was reading book 10 in the series! Never was that mentioned anywhere when I chose the book! and I totally missed it on the Goodreads page as well. I can no look for ward to starting at the beginning and catching up...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette Lewis

    This book has been written to include the ongoing saga that surrounds 2 Australian dynasties that appear in 9 other books by this author. However, the events of the 2 families can be easily followed as a brief background is given during the course of the story. The subject of the book is not a surprise given the background and family of the author. Whilst containing some true facts of WW2 in the Pacific, New Guinea and Nth Australia as the author notes "the stories are designed to entertain" for This book has been written to include the ongoing saga that surrounds 2 Australian dynasties that appear in 9 other books by this author. However, the events of the 2 families can be easily followed as a brief background is given during the course of the story. The subject of the book is not a surprise given the background and family of the author. Whilst containing some true facts of WW2 in the Pacific, New Guinea and Nth Australia as the author notes "the stories are designed to entertain" for which he succeeds in doing so. An interesting and enjoyable read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Graeme

    As with all Peter Watt books a fantastic read

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ken

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janetta M Garvie

  12. 4 out of 5

    John Graham

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mrs caroline keane

  14. 5 out of 5

    reardon v heather

  15. 4 out of 5

    diane mckeowen

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paul Isaac

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stan Padgett

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sianne

  19. 4 out of 5

    Peter schwarze

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Machin

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alan Brough

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michael Carson

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    Ken

  24. 5 out of 5

    David

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marian o'Keeffe

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leighsa

  27. 4 out of 5

    Donald L Allen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Mills

  29. 4 out of 5

    H mason

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Hall

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