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During the reign of Queen Victoria Englishmen answering the call of
Empire voyaged out to take possession of half their known world. Their
leaders were such men as Cecil Rhodes, Leander Starr Jameson and Zouga
Some of this pioneer company journeyed north from the Cape in search of gold and land, of cattle and loot. Others went for glory and the pursuit of a dream.
For Zouga Ballantyne the dream of the north land began in the danger and drudgery of the diamond pits of Kimberley and ended on the rich grass lands of Matabeleland below the Zambezi River – but not before a king had died and a nation of proud warriors had been shattered.
Never have this master storyteller's deep love and understanding of southern Africa's history been more forcefully employed to create a novel of spellbinding action and romance.
This vivid historical novel is the second of the Ballantyne sequence of four books about the origins of Rhodesia and its later violent transformation into Zimbabwe.
About the Author
Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. After the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds in 1964 he became a full-time writer, and has since written 30 novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books have been translated into 26 different languages.
"Action is Smith's game, and he is a master."
"--The Washington Post Book World"""
Praise for Wilbur Smith
"Smith is a master." "--Publishers Weekly
""One of the world's most popular adventure writers." "--The Washington Post Book World
""A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship." "--Tulsa World"
"Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared." "--The Times" (UK)
"Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa. The bodices of rip and the blood flows. You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August."--Stephen King
"Action is Wilur Smith's game, and he is a master."--"The Washington Post Book World"
"The world's leading adventure writer." "--""Daily Express" (UK)
"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick."--"Sunday Times"
"Smith is a captivating storyteller." "--The Orlando Sentinel"
"No one does adventure quite like Smith." --"Daily Mirror "(UK)
"A thundering good' read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith's books." --"The Irish Times
Series: Ballantyne Novels
Number Of Pages: 710
Published: October 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 10.16 x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.34