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Guerillas in their midst

The heroic Sean Courtney – hunter, rancher, and one-time gold prospector - finds himself in the midst of the Boer War, battling savage guerillas as leader of a squadron of the Crown’s commandos. As he seeks atonement for past sins on the battlefield, unbeknownst to him his embittered brother schemes against him – with explosive results.

The Boer Wars, or how to beat a superpower

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The Boer Wars, or how to beat a superpower

At first, the British were only too happy to let the troublesome Boers establish their own independent republics in the barren tracts of northern South Africa – but the discovery of gold fields changed everything. When the British invaded to reclaim what they saw as theirs, the Boers knew they had everything to lose - and staged a bloody guerrilla campaign across three savage conflicts.

Real Life Adventure

The Rhodesian Bush War

Wilbur got up close and personal with conflict in Africa when war broke out in his home nation of Rhodesia. Drafted into the British South Africa Police Reserve and tasked with nightly patrols in a land scarred daily by terrorism, the experience influenced a number of his novels, including The Sound of Thunder.

The battle against Apartheid

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The battle against Apartheid

Love and hate make for an explosive mix In 1980s South Africa, as politician’s wife Tara Courtney begins a passionate affair with a prominent black rights activist – and stokes the flames of rebellion.

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Nelson Mandela and segregation in South Africa

One of the most brutal and unjust systems ever instituted, Apartheid was a wound across South Africa for much of the twentieth century. But how did the notorious policy which tore the country in two take root – and how did it finally meet its end?

The choice between love and life, in a city on the brink of disaster

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The choice between love and life, in a city on the brink of disaster

Thousands of Sudanese rebels are advancing on British-held Khartoum, and Ryder Courtney is trapped between two fanatical military forces, both of whom believe they have God at their backs. As bullets and swords tear flesh under the blazing sun, Ryder’s only hope is escape – but can he bear to leave behind the beautiful Rebecca?

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Blood, sand and besiegement

Unwilling to surrender the British-held capital Khartoum to the local Mahdist forces, General Charles Gordon chose to stand and fight. The ensuing siege was catastrophic, its memory burned into history.