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Fire Across the Veldt (Simon Fonthill 9) - John Wilcox

Fire Across the Veldt (Simon Fonthill 9) - John Wilcox
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Title: Fire Across the Veldt

Author:  John Wilcox

ISBN:  9780749010089

Weight:  928 g

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Fire Across the Veldt by John Wilcox

Book nine of the Simon Fonthill historical action and adventure series


South Africa, 1900.  The bloody conflict between the forces of the British Empire and the Boer farmers seemed at last to have ended in victory for Queen Victoria’s soldiers, with the Boer capitals taken and occupied.  But fast-riding Boer commandos have emerged to introduce a new type of warfare – hit-and-run guerrilla tactics, fought across the veldt of South Africa and leaving the British ‘Khakis’ plodding and bruised in their wake.

To counter these strikes, the British General Kitchener persuades Simon Fonthill, fresh from his triumphs in China’s Boxer Rebellion, to divert to Cape Town and fight the Boers at their own game.  So Fonthill, with his old comrade 352 Jenkins as his Regimental Sergeant Major, finds himself reinstated in the British Army as the colonel of his own cavalry unit.

Can the two of them adapt to regular soldiering again – and will they be able to catch and pin down those elusive Boer Generals, Louis Botha and Christiaan de Wet?  And can Simon’s wife, Alice, reporting on the war for the Morning Post, extricate herself from her own problems in South Africa?

Peer & Press Reviews

The main strength of the book is its description of the Boer War itself and of how those hardy Afrikaner farmers were able to give the British military the slip by exploiting their knowledge of the Veldt…  For the rest, the novel, with its scenes of action and adventurous soldiering, should leave lovers of the Fonthill series, of which I am one, well satisfied.

Neville Firman, Historical Novels Review

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Title Fire Across the Veldt
Author
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Series Simon Fonthill (#9)
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Dated 11/4/13  [prepublication]
Book Stats
Publisher Allison & Busby
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9780749010089
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 347
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 32mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket design Christina Griffiths
Jacket photographs D Walker / inthesierras / iStockphoto

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