So clearly we see Gold as on the go through here: 1800 seems quite reasonable as an initial goal, however the 1800s in general could well be fraught with much to and fro. But as we always say: “Hang onto your Gold!” And now let’s assess “What Became of the Crow?” See below!
Review of Robert Moriarty’s just published: “What Became of the Crow? Inside the Greatest Gold Discover in History”
From what begins as a would-be stone’s throw (wait a sec, is this a gold nugget that was just naturally lying there on the ground?) at a smart savvy crow is another Mighty Moriarty adventure to unfold toward discovering history’s vastest treasure trove of Gold. This is an engaging adventure throughout – but wait – ‘tis actually a work of non-fiction, i.e. you can’t make this stuff up!
“What Became of the Crow?” is my third Bob Book and right in the classic Moriarty mode as a great gripping read and page-turner, (or if you prefer, finger-flipper, even as yours truly is a slow reader).
The book is a start-to-finish pursuit toward miraculous Gold discovery enabled by the brilliance of its real-life hero Dr. Quinton Hennigh ultimately to the success of Novo Resources amid the stingy and yet generous geology of Western Australia’s Pilbara region. “The how” is everything.
Moreover, if you’ve ever wondered about the wild world of lesser mining companies, the so-called “juniors”, mid-tier producers and their common stock and warrants that trade for mere pennies, this is an educative eye-opener in every aspect. Moriarty strips bare the bones of junior miners with the world’s greatest gold discovery in the balance. And the book’s colourful photographic eye candy of Gold nuggets arrayed in trays, the harsh environment’s geology, and the stars of the story at physical work in their element brings you right there into the action!
The book is Moriarty at his best, his chronologically taking us along the truthful trail punctuated with brains, brawn, bargaining and bottles of wine priced beyond belief. Bob’s delivery is refreshingly raw, rightly irreverent, and politically incorrect when it ought be, the whole saga replete with winners, losers, flaming a**holes ‘n cheaters … and the few prescient good-guys who keep their eyes on the ultimate prize.
Moreover, toward digging beyond Moriarty’s robust text is included his substantive bibliography.
So grab your pan and pickaxe, your magnifying glass and metal detector, along with a fistful of A$ and a corkscrew, and join Bob on location through this fabulous and at times frenetic adventure into the parched wilds of Western Australia! For ‘tis all about the Gold, baby … oh is it ever!
I loved the book and am smarter for it. (And no crow therein was adversely affected).
Mark Mead BAILLIE
20 March 2021
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