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Whisper at Dawn - Frank Coates

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A powerful story of true love against the backdrop of Africa

At the dawn of the 20th century, young Dan Sullivan signs on to fight the Boers, but discovers war has horrors beyond the battle fields.

In East Africa, a railway crosses a land with an unimaginable throng of wild animals. It is the golden age of the white hunter - men whose exciting lives entice rich hunters to go in search of big, dangerous game. After many failed attempts, old Bill Freeman sees his chance to make his fortune as a hunter and convinces Dan to join his fledgling safari company. Bill's young granddaughter, Liz, falls in love with Dan and with Africa - but tragedy forces her to return to Australia. Years later, as the shadow of the Great War falls across the continent, Liz returns to Africa and the man she has dreamed of since childhood. But Dan has secrets that threaten to shatter their love, and he must finally decide what courage truly means.

About the Author

Frank Coates was born in Melbourne, ran away to Africa in 1989 at the age of 45, joined a UN team in Nairobi as a technical expert and a year later, on the shores of Lake Victoria, married a Tanzanian of the Nyamwezi tribe. It was a life-changing experience for the ex-Telecom Australia engineer who had earlier worked in Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. The UN contract ended, but Frank was now hooked on Africa, and worked as a consultant in countries from Kenya to Swaziland and from Mozambique to Botswana. It was during these four years that he developed his passionate interest in the political and cultural history of East Africa. His marriage didn't survive the continental shift back to Australia and he and his 'African princess' divorced some years later. They say that those who have spent time in Africa can't easily forget the experience, so after denying his urge to write for thirty years, when Frank finally began his writing career in 2001, his imagination took him back to Africa. His first novel, Tears of the Maasai made the best-seller's list in 2004. He then gave up his day job to write full time.

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5.0

Great Read

By Margaret B 971

from Loch Sport, Victoria Australia

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Whisper at Dawn:

    Tony Park always delivers to his readers. Another great read, could not put it down. I always love the African settings

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    ISBN: 9780732292324
    ISBN-10: 0732292328
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Published: 1st February 2014
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
    Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 3.3
    Weight (kg): 0.56