Full Moon Over Faulconbridge

Full Moon Over Faulconbridge is now available as an iBook at iTunes

Our first review of the book:

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite

Robyn is a fledgling reporter who catches a surprise story in Full Moon Over Faulconbridge by Victor Spiegel. The camera and sound crew filming Robyn’s short introductory piece about the beauty and tourist value of the Blue Mountains of Australia capture a murder on their equipment, which leads to their deaths. Margaret, who felt that there should be more to life, is now rid of Merv, whom she considered responsible for holding her back. As the world grows more out of tilt with people acting out in hate and ravaging the land, the rainbow serpent, Biami, the Creation Spirit of the Blue Mountains, acts through his intermediary, Wargon, to demand that The Rent be Paid by all the former politicians and prime ministers enjoying themselves in purgatory; otherwise he will destroy all of his creation. In the meantime, Bernard, a young man who is trying to center himself through martial arts and meditation, has stumbled across a magic flute that has amazing effects on the people that hear its music. As Margaret pushes for achieving power through magical means, Robyn tries to get her story and Bernard confronts his personal demons, as well as the very real threats of Biami’s demands and Margaret’s madness. 

Victor Spiegel has blended Australian folklore and present-day political and social truths with good old-fashioned hate, disappointment and vengeance to create an entertaining and thought-provoking story that is actually fun to read. The complexity of the relationships is a plus while it allows for character growth, or at least understanding why they do what they do – and there are plenty of interesting characters that don’t have room to be mentioned here. With a plot that is certainly unique and quite creative, there is a good deal of tongue-in-cheek humor to provide levity instead of simply reading about doom and gloom. Full Moon Over Faulconbridge is not your run of the mill supernatural story – it takes the genre to a different level and should definitely be on your ‘to read’ list. Tremendously creative and different and I think it is great! 

Full Moon Over Faulconbridge tells the story of Margaret and Merv and their anniversary which goes terribly wrong in the Blue Mountains of Australia.

Here are the Characters you might meet in the world of Full Moon:

Margaret is a middle-aged housewife who is worried about her weight and her attractiveness. At the start of the story, she is married to Merv, and resents him for being so boring and lazy. She is scared that no-one will love her because she isn’t young and beautiful any more.

Tips: Margaret has mood swings and as the story progresses, multiple personalities emerge. You need to differentiate the different Margarets by voice.

Agatha is Margaret’s dead mother. In life she practised black witchcraft at the abandoned Old Academy. She has been imprisoned after death by Biami for serious crimes: the torture and slaughter of children for her magical rituals. She’s just plain nasty – manipulative, power-hungry, vindictive. She uses her daughter Margaret to try to escape from her prison.

Tips: Agatha’s tone is superior, arrogant, cold and biting. Sneers are appropriate.

NB: Never use interrogative mode. Never bring your pitch up at the end of a sentence. Always bring the pitch down.

Merv is a middle-aged, typical Aussie bloke. He’s pretty lazy and has no ambition. He has a boring job and likes to watch the footy. In the story he is transformed into a were-kangaroo, and learns about being a trustworthy, strong and dependable member of a group.

Tips: Merv moves from  a state of almost complete unawareness towards clarity and decisiveness. This can come through in his voice – start off with your typical aussie drawl and refine as the character learns and grows.

Bernard is a late twenty-something Monk of an unnamed Eastern tradition who has taken a vow of non-violence after seriously injuring his friend Greg in a martial arts grading. Robyn Treadwell used to be his girlfriend, but broke up with him after the incident with Greg. At the start of the story, Bernard is trying to think his way out of his troubles. He thinks that if he can get his breathing right, he will be calm and serene. As the story progresses, he learns that he has to be part of the world and fight for what he believes in, including his love for Robyn.

Tips: Bernard is soft-spoken and even-toned: a bit repressed. As the story progresses his tone becomes stronger, more decisive and commanding.

NB: Pitch range increases as his awareness increases.

The Master is a man with aboriginal blood who has been brought up in the unnamed Eastern tradition. He is Bernard’s teacher. He is the sort of man who could kill you with his bare hands but instead decides to run an antique shop in the middle of nowhere. He has a ‘unique’ sense of humour, and loves to play the Asian Master stereotype (complete with cheesy accent) so he can knock it down. As the story progresses, we find that his aboriginal roots are very deep, and he is the only one who can help Bernard out of his mind-fog.

Tips: work out when the Master is using his cheesy tone and his serious tone. he speaks like he is doing kung-fu: tonal feints, guttural blocks, etc.

Ok, so technically this is not a character, more a collection of sound effects, but it has a disproportionate presence in the storyline. A giant fruit monster that wants to gobble all it sees – what else need be said?

Robyn Treadwell is a girl on a mission – she’s just not sure what the mission is. Everything is serious, sharp and to the point. She styles herself as a cutting-edge journalist, but her career is off to a strange start doing tourism ads for the Blue Mountains. Deep down she still loves Bernard, but she just can’t forgive him for being such an idiot. Her journey takes her to a gentler, more mellow and balanced place. As Bernard gets more bad-ass, she relaxes.

Articulate, specific, and open.He represents the law, the sheriff, if you will. His word has authority.

The Monk’s Story
Most people know me as “The Monk” but my real name is Bernard Haversham. My father is a famous martial arts teacher that everyone calls “The Master”. I don’t know my mother. My father told me she was too young to raise me, and that her mother almost made her give me up for adoption. He offered to take me in and raise me. I guess she was about 16 and her pregnancy an embarrassment to the family.

I was raised in the temple with other students. It was hard when I had to go to school. Kids made fun of me because I had a shaved head. And when they found out that I didn’t know my mother, well, it was a good thing I knew enough about martial arts, because they tried to beat me up. Their taunts made me so angry that sometimes I was pulled into the principal’s office because I had hurt members of a gang who tried to corner me.

I guess you could say I got angrier and more pissed off as time went on, when I saw my friends going home and being with their family for Christmas and holidays. I never got to do that. I had no mother, so I never got to know that kind of family. It hurt to not have a mother. And my dad never talked about her, nor about a family, except to say “I made a mistake.” And him saying that just made me madder.

I met Robyn at the temple. She was interested in meditation and martial arts, and we got along really well. We decided to move in together, so we got a place in Springwood. I guess a relationship takes a lot of work because ours didn’t. We kept arguing about little stuff. And I was coming up for a big martial arts grading and didn’t deal well with my anger.

Dad kept saying, “Transform your anger. Use it. Focus it.” But when I finally did, it was in grading and Greg Thorson, my best mate, was my partner. I focused all my anger into a swing kick. He went flying across the room and slammed into the wall and broke his back. I was so stunned by the power of what had happened that I immediately gave up martial arts, and renounced all violent action. I immediately packed up my stuff, left Robyn, my dad, the temple and have stayed here in the Corridor of Oaks. I meditate, teach meditation and play my flute.

Okay, that was weird. This old man’s ghost, Sir Henry Parkes, took me into this place called The AfterDeath Pub, where all these dead politicians hang out. He had heard me playing my flute, and needed to distract and calm everyone down while he sorted out a major problem. It seems the Creation Spirit Biami has had enough of the colonials’ arrogance and wants to reclaim the Blue Mountains. Well, what’s even weirder, when I finished playing the flute it floated out of my hands, got zapped by some kind of magical power, and floated back down into my hands. I was told by Biami’s representative that the flute was the key, and that it was up to me to find a way to heal the land!

I have no idea what that means or how I’m supposed to go about healing the Blue Mountains.

Saturday Later
The flute keeps playing a strange melody, one that I am not familiar with, and I think it makes things grow. And then who shows up? Robyn. I haven’t seen her in 4 years and today she came by, saying that she was now a journalist, and that her video crew is missing, and that a woman pushed her husband off a cliff.

It all started with the radio play. Here is the original 10 episode broadcast version:

Episode 1:

Episode 2:

Episode 3:

Episode 4:

Episode 5:

Episode 6:

Episode 7:

Episode 8:

Episode 9:

Episode 10:


The Second version of the radio play resides here.

Really? You’re still interested? Good on you! There’s more hidden away in Research and Experiments:

Photos of the Blue Mountain Cliffs

Woodford Academy photos