1915: Ben Retallick is asked by a War Office friend to provide two traction engines for a secret expedition attempting to take two gunboats overland from Cape Town to Lake Tanganyika - more than 3,000 miles - to wrest control of the lake from the Germans. He sends engines with young Ruddlemoor as the driver/engineer who meets a Portuguese East African nurse and takes her side against a group of white racist south Africans. Meanwhile Antonia St Anna is influential in having Ben released, when he is arrested on circumstantial evidence provided by a business rival and accused of being pro-German...
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E V Thompson was born in London and spent nine years in the Navy before joining the Bristol police. He moved to Hong Kong, then Rhodesia and had over 200 stories published before returning to England to become a full-time award-winning writer. He now lives in Spain.Review:
'[He] has always been a good writer in his chosen field of historical fabulations and, as usual, he emphasises the historic over the romantic. His many fans won't be disappointed' - Bristol Evening News 'No more readable novel will come out of Cornwall for a long time. It confirms Thompson's place in the top flight of novelists, right there alongside Dame Daphne du Maurier and Winston Graham: the creme de la creme' - Cornish Guardian 'These romantic sagas delight' - The Independent
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Book Description Little, Brown Book Group, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0316727563