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Fire Across the Veldt (Simon Fonthill Series) [Hardcover]

John Wilcox
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29 April 2013 Simon Fonthill 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?

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; First Edition edition (29 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749010088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749010089
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Action packed fast-paced adventure' --Historical Novels Review

About the Author

According to John Wilcox, an inability to do sums and a nascent talent to string words together steered him towards journalism - that and the desire to wear a trench coat, belted with a knot, just like Bogart. After a number of years working as a journalist, he was lured into industry. In the mid-nineties he sold his company in order to devote himself to his first love, writing. His Simon Fonthill novels have been published to high acclaim and he has also published two works of non-fiction.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another corker! 14 May 2013
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For anyone with an interest in military history the "Fonthill" series is a must, this is the ninth book in the series and follows the adventures of Fonthill and 352 during the Boer War, which incidentally ran parallel with the Boxer Rebellion, the last book in the series. The book covers the second half of this vastly costly war after the Boer defeat at Paardeberg, the two year period of the commando war. The historical research is very good, with the concentration camps and blockhouses well covered, together with the British having to adapt to the Boer way of fighting and the introduction of Mounted Infantry.I don't want to say too much more as it will spoil the reading enjoyment of others but I do want to point out the proof reading of the book does leave some glaring errors. Firstly 352 is commended on page 30 for winning the DSM (Distinguished Service Medal) a purely naval decoration for his time in the Sudan (totally incorrect) and then later in the book he is noted as winning the Distinguished Conduct Medal (the right medal as it transpires)for the same action! Also De Wet, mentioned in another review when he died in 1922 but started a rebellion at the beginning of the Second World War!
My biggest criticism is probably the writing concerning Alice, who for the first time I found in the majority of the book an annoying distraction. Not in my opinion as good as "The Dragon Lady" but even with it's faults still a very good read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire across the Valley 28 May 2013
By Hilt
Format:Kindle Edition
Can I please make a suggestion on 'SIMON FONTHILL' novels. If you have not read any of this series of books, then please do not start with this one. You can of course if you want to, but I would suggest going all the way back to the first one. Please believe me when I say that you will not be disappointed.
This whole series to date truly deserve 5STARS. They are an excellent read every time, and I always feel cheated when finished.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars same characters, same plot. 26 Jun 2013
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Starting to drag this series, Simon, wife and his sidekick doing the same thing this time back in the boer war, still can't ride, shoot, stumbles through the various conflicts and always come out on top, I will miss the next one........
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fonthill 352 and the Boers 17 May 2013
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Another good boys own yarn if a little hurried at times. There are a couple of editing mistakes and the odd bit that seems out of place as if a chunk was cut out but dont let this get in the way of a good fun story.

It might not be top notch but it is not far off and very enjoyable. It leaves me looking for the next installement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still an excellent read 31 May 2013
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The story follows Simon on his trials for the British army. Although the characters are still good the Boars lacked some of the intensity and depth they deserved from his previous encounters. He tells us how good they are and how resilient then makes Simon's escape so easy as well as the way they kept finding them and grinding them down. As I say still a good read but just not as strong as John Wilcox's character has been in previous books. Will still await, with hope for another
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant yet again 26 May 2013
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Im a huge fan of Sharp, but Fonthill really is just as good. Love the characters, such as the ever loyal Jenkins. More please Mr Wilcox!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another great read from John Wilcox 25 May 2013
By stewart
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I enjoyed this novel with the characters ,although I doubt if the wife would really have a fling with a young journalist!!
I hope they will appear in John Wilcox next novel,maybe the first world war?hpefully not too old!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class 20 May 2013
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The best novel by John Wilcox in the Simon Fonthill series by far. This was an excellent read and very well researched novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a very good story have read other John Wilcox books.
Published 1 month ago by peter howes
4.0 out of 5 stars Bore ... Not a chance with Simon.
Another enthralling story , but I do wish that he could be recognised by promotion ... So join up again !
Published 4 months ago by Patrick J. Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good book
John Wilcox made a couple of very silly errors in the writing of this book, not least stating that a man who died in 1922 was still campaigning against the British in 1939. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrjohngray
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Another great book from John Wilcox. Well written and very exciting as well as being very well researched. Would recommend it.
Published 10 months ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class book.
Once again another
r brilliant book by John Wilcox it keeps. Going at pace I have read all his books and this is one.of the best couldn't lay it down
Published 10 months ago by alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book from Wilbur smith
The book starts fast and furious, it was a brutal book with lots of very upsetting scenes, however as the book goes on the main character gets the enemy, worth a read and keeps you... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andy Beck
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit stale
I think this book has been the worst in the series, I lost some interest as I read through. However the series has been first class so I look forward to the next one
Published 10 months ago by Stuart Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a Adventure
Wilox captures the period with ease. His knowledge and craft certainly make Fonthill novels the best. Always been a fan and always will.
Published 11 months ago by Kevin Beston
4.0 out of 5 stars HIstorical adventure
A tale of the second half of the boer war,showing the glory and the shame of war.A fine historical novel.
Published 11 months ago by LAWRENCE KNOWLES
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas
My wife has purchased this item to be a christmas present. I have read books by John Wilcox and have enjoyed them, so this will be a good present in a christmas stocking.
Published 12 months ago by P.L.
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