Fire Across the Veldt

Fire Across the Veldt September South Africa Simon Fonthill along with his wife Alice Jenkins and tracker Mzingeli is travelling to Pretoria to meet with General Kitchener With information that the next Boer

  • Title: Fire Across the Veldt
  • Author: John Wilcox
  • ISBN: 9780749010089
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Hardcover
  • September, 1900 South Africa Simon Fonthill, along with his wife Alice, 352 Jenkins, and tracker Mzingeli, is travelling to Pretoria to meet with General Kitchener With information that the next Boer move will be to attack the Cape Colony, Fonthill must race to locate and defeat the enemy forces in time When their train is derailed by hostile Boer forces the quartet arSeptember, 1900 South Africa Simon Fonthill, along with his wife Alice, 352 Jenkins, and tracker Mzingeli, is travelling to Pretoria to meet with General Kitchener With information that the next Boer move will be to attack the Cape Colony, Fonthill must race to locate and defeat the enemy forces in time When their train is derailed by hostile Boer forces the quartet are forced to continue their journey on horseback, but are quickly targeted and surrounded by Boer commando leader General de Wet and his soldiers In this most recent addition to the series by John Wilcox, former captain and army scout Simon Fonthill must rejoin the British military and prove his ability as a commander, as he leads the battle to find and capture the elusive Boer leaders With information that the next Boer move will be to invade and attack the Cape Colony, Fonthill must race to locate and defeat the enemy forces in timeVIEWS 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 Historical Novels Review

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    1. Two decades after the Zulu War, Fonthill and 352 Jenkins are still campaigning, and the two, along with Simon's journalist wife, Alice, answer a call from Lord Kitchener that takes them to South Africa, and the bitter conflict with the Boer. Another great adventure, highlighting the controversial campaigns that showed how unprepared the British army were for fighting anyone other than primitively-armed tribesman. The only shame of ploughing through this is that I've only got two more Fonthill no [...]

    2. I loved this book all the more for the fact that I was reading it on our trip to S Africa during which time we visited several Boer War battlefield sites including Majuba Hill and Spion Kop. It was the perfect holiday read for this trip. I am sorry that Jenkins 352 will now (presumably) no longer feature in the next Fonthill novel though don't want to explain why as that would be a "spoiler"

    3. Absolute rubbish - jingoistic, full of grammatical errors, a Welshman with a pseudo Cockney accent, black characters dealt with in a paternalistic, patronising fashion, historical facts crowbarred in at regular intervals. I honestly don't know why I kept reading it - I must be a masochist. The only good thing I can say about it is that I only paid 50p for it in a charity shop - so at least they got something good from it.

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