Idriess latest book is really the romance of the Edie Creek and Bulolo diggings, situated inland from Salamau; and the associated names of diggers as Shark Eye Bill (William Park), Matt Crowe, Jim Preston, Arthur Dowling, Frank and Jim Pryke... men who in pre-war years crept across the frontier, defying the Germans and dodging the headhunters. These men endured terrible hard-ships, and frequently faced grim tragedy. Mr Idriess writes of it all, and writes of it as if he had been with them.. What a romance! What a story! It is packed with adventure, studded with splendid pen-pictures of pioneer prospectors, airmen, and patrol officers, and told with a fascinating simplicity that is borne from something very close to genius. Brisbane Courier, 1933.