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Underground (MP3)
Written by:
Andrew McGahan 
Read by:
William Zappa 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
10 hours 12 minutes 
MP3 size:
422 MB 
March 28 2019 
Available Date:
March 28 2019 
Age Category:
Fiction; Literary Fiction 
ABC Audio 
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Blistering, brilliant, corrosively sharp and blackly comic, Underground goes straight to the heart of the country's future – and it isn't pretty.

Think ahead five or so years from now, to an Australia transformed by the never-ending war on terror. Canberra has been wiped out in a nuclear attack. There is a permanent state of emergency. Security checkpoints, citizenship tests, identity cards and detention without trial have all become the norm. Suspect minorities have been locked away into ghettos. And worse – no one wants to play cricket with us anymore. Enter Leo James – burnt-out property developer and black-sheep twin brother of the all-powerful Bernard James, Prime Minister of Australia. In an event all too typical of the times, Leo finds himself abducted by terrorists. But this won't be your average kidnapping. Instead, vast and secret forces are at work here, and Leo and his captors are about to embark on a journey into the underworld of a nation gone mad. Like some bastard child of Dr Strangelove and George Orwell, Underground is both an adrenalin-pumped thriller and a gleefully barbed satire that takes a chainsaw to political neo-correctness and Australia's new ultra-nationalism. Blistering and blackly comic, this book goes straight to the heart of the country's future – and it isn't pretty.

'[McGahan] has developed an accessible style of issues-based fiction, in which the tensions underlying various political disputes are played out through an astute manipulation of different genres and narrative conventions.'
Sydney Morning Herald