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Gold Mine [Kindle Edition]

Wilbur Smith
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Rod Ironsides, ambitious and hard-living mining expert, knows that the general managership of the Sonder Ditch gold mine is the chance of a lifetime. But the price of unquestioning obedience to the coldly obsessive genius of Dr Manfred Steyner proves impossible to pay. Both men are but unwitting tools of powerful people - for whom the control of a gold mine is only part of the realization of dreams and ambitions which include the destruction of the very mine itself...

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"An epic...Smith joins the ranks of one of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels."--Tulsa World TRIUMPH OF THE SUN"Triumph of the Sun is everything [Smith's] fans have come to expect: masterful storytelling and breathtaking adventure...chalk up another winner."--Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX) "Espionage, disguise, stabbings in the dark...a story that is--like the Nile itself--swift and powerful."--Booklist "Wildly entertaining, compulsively readable."--Sunday Telegraph (UK) BLUE HORIZON"The eleventh volume in Smith's saga of the Courtney clan is every bit as riveting as its predecessors. Brimming with bravado, greed, and romance."--Booklist "Really big retro-fun."--Kirkus Reviews "A swashbuckling, brawling, sprawling historical epic. Rich, exciting, and fascinating."--Library Journal "Adventure and danger at every turn."--New York Daily News "Gripping. The writer's fans will enjoy the ride."--Publishers Weekly "Master storyteller Smith takes his story into another generation of adventurers battling on the sea and on land in the settling of South Africa."--Tulsa World "Everything Smith's fans have come to expect from his epic adventure novels. His consummate skill at crafting vast battle scenes, passionate and wildly romantic characters, cruel and bloodthirsty villains, and larger-than-life heroes make Blue Horizon irresistible."--Journal (Flint, MI) WARLOCK"When it comes to historical fiction, Smith is without rival. He is a warlock of writers."--Tulsa World "Filled with enough action, adventure, battles, betrayals, and actual cliffhangers to satisfy Indiana Jones, Wilbur Smith's new novel Warlock is a rousing and worthysequel to River God."--The Plain Dealer "Seamlessly composed, this epic historical drama by veteran author Smith tracks a power struggle in ancient Egypt between false pharaohs and a true royal heir, evoking the cruel glories and terrible torments of the era. Those willing to brave the blood and gore will be carried away by the sweep and pace of Smith's tale."-Publishers Weekly "Each time I read a new Wilbur Smith I say it is the best book I have ever read--until the next one. It's the same with Warlock. Brilliant...irresistible and impossible to put down."--Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX) "Those of you familiar with Smith's writing...can expect more of his signature brand of pulse-pounding, "Perils of Pauline"--style of adventure and excitement, with more blood and guts than a slaughterhouse."--Tampa Tribune Times "This summer's most entertaining read...another full-blown tale of war, intrigue, murder, lust, and true love set in ancient Egypt [this] is really the book Taita fans have been waiting for."--Flint Journal "Smith is at the top of his game in weaving exotic adventures in this work. Very highly recommended."--Library Journal "Smith...returns to the genre with this epic action tale of intrigue, suspense, and adventure set in ancient Egypt. His many fans will be clamoring for copies of this one."--Booklist "A stirring tale, full of chariot battles...Smith has whipped up a heady brew...and undoubtedly deserves his immense popularity far more than most of his rivals."--Evening Standard (UK) "You can almost feel the heat and taste the dust as the narrative builds to a cracking pace...[Warlock] is a ripping yarn and a classic adventurestory."--Irish News RIVER GOD"A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile."--The Denver Post "Vivid and fascinating...packed with passion, war, intrigue and revenge...sprawling and absorbing...gripping.... A racy rampage through ancient Egypt that puts the reader right there with details that are intimate, inspiring, horrifying....The author makes you see it, hear it--even smell it...Fans will be happy to know Smith hasn't lost his touch for the dramatic, exotic adventure story."--The Orlando Sentinel "A page-turner...few novelists can write action scenes that all but leap off the page the way Smith can...his detailed portrait of ancient Egypt is fascinating."--Anniston Star (TX) "Smith tackles the elevated literary fields of ancient Egypt, and comes up with a full-blooded epic."--The London Times "Like a good action movie, the book ends with a show-down between the good guys and bad guys on the battlefield...well-written and entertaining."--Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) "Compulsively readable...contains intrigue, romance, greed, cruelty, and furious action...rewarding and satisfying."--El Paso Herald-Post (TX) "An epic novel of ancient Egypt, a great adventure with all the right ingredients: victories and defeats, secrets and revelations, life and death, reverence and godlessness, hate and love"--The Des Moines Register "It's clear Smith knows his subject: his graphic depiction of lust, bloodletting, politics, and, in Taita's case, honor is firmly grounded in rich details that evoke the period."--Booklist "[River God] gallops swiftly through the action and flying blood his fans have come to relish...Brightly colored, sweepingescapism."--Kirkus Reviews MONSOON"[Smith] paces his tale as swiftly as he can with swordplay aplenty and killing strokes that come like lightning out of a sunny blue sky."-Kirkus Reviews "[A] non-stop thriller that takes readers on a magical tour...this is what makes a Smith book worth reading."-Midwest Book Review "Only a handful of 20th century writers tantalize our senses as well as Smith...a rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship."-Tulsa World "A wild adventure...brought flawlessly to life through realistic sword fights and sea battles, vivid stories of pirates...breathtaking."-Times Record News "A masterful tale of action and suspense.... A smooth blend of adventure and romance, the novel is an atmospheric trip through the fierce mysteries of the Dark Continent and the Arabian seas."--Publishers Weekly "Smith offers plenty of battles and harrowing escapes for adventure fans."--Library Journal BIRDS OF PREY"Smith's novel is far more than your typical pirate script...A fascinating account...Smith deftly evokes not only the horrific but also the beautiful, particularly the lush landscape of Africa."--The Washington Post Book World "As usual, Smith...peoples his tale with unforgettable characters...swashbuckling and sensuous, Birds of Prey is not for the faint-hearted. Its bloodiest scenes are vivid and detailed--and so are hero Hal's romantic encounters. But, as with Smith's previous two best sellers, River God and The Seventh Scroll, this latest epic transcends the average action-adventure yarn."--The Orlando Sentinel "Birds of Prey is a wonderful novel filled with excitement, pirates, and vivid sea battles...In short, it is vintage Wilbur Smith."--Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX)

Book Description

Rod Ironsides, ambitious and hard-living mining expert, knows that the general managership of the Sonder Ditch gold mine is the chance of a lifetime. But the price of unquestioning obedience to the coldly obsessive genius of Dr Manfred Steyner proves impossible to pay. Both men are but unwitting tools of powerful people - for whom the control of a gold mine is only part of the realization of dreams and ambitions which include the destruction of the very mine itself . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (9 April 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330029207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330029209
  • ASIN: B003GK22I4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,938 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds, and has since written over thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review of Wilbur Smith's 'Gold Mine' 25 Nov. 2001
By A Customer
This is one cracking book.
The way Wilbur Smith writes is incredibly dramatic.
When I read this book I was there with all those sweaty miners, with all the dust and the heat and the back-breaking work. He describes the lives of the miners and the events of the time with amazing clarity. You actually feel that you're there with all the hard-drinking and the hard-living going on. You can almost smell the sweat and gag on the dust. This bloke can write a story!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review for the abridged audiobook 19 April 2012
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This didn't really grab me, possibly because it was reduced down to just 3CDs, possibly because I'm starting to think that a lot of character development is lost when thrillers are abridged. It just felt a bit sparse and the mining aspect wasn't of great interest to me. Dare I say that this may be more of a man's book!

Rodney Ironsides is the main character and his rise through the ranks of the Sonder Ditch gold mine is aided by his boss, Manfred Steyner, in return for blind obedience. Manfred is, in turn being manipulated from higher up in a scam that could net a huge profit on the stock market. Rodney has a sixth sense for his job, can he thwart the big boys without really knowing the whole picture?
The last scenes are certainly very tense and atmospheric and I loved Big King, the huge, loyal African guy, with the strength of many men.

I was interested in this book because it was set in Africa, but it's an industial, scheming Africa, and rather more of an adventure than the sort of books I usually favour. I'm glad I listened to it, but I doubt I'll become a great Wilbur Smith fan as a result. Probably better to listen to the unabridged version or read the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping! 18 Jan. 2000
This is another great book from Wilbur Smith. It does take a couple of chapters to get into but soon you will not be able to put it down. The subject is brilliant, the twists are well though out and there a lot of adventure to keep you reading. Well worth a read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Gold 11 July 2012
The really great Authors are able to take a specialist subject and weave a compelling tale around it without getting overly detailed nor loose the reader. Wilbur Smith is an Author exactly like that and Gold Mine is a book such as that.

In this book you get a taste of South Africa and a taste of what type of men it takes to mine gold and how the lure of gold can transcend humanity and common sense. This is mixed with an element of romance and adventure to create a potent mix and a great read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 11 Oct. 2014
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This book is strong on the details of mining gold in S Africa, but weak in its overall plot. The principal character, Rod, is well drawn and realistic, but the others come across as rather hollow. At the end, the book reaches a major, albeit somewhat contrived, climax, then peters out, leaving the reader wondering how the situation pans out. Not one of Wilbur Smith's best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 15 Aug. 2013
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A real nitty gritty story. As usual, once started, hard to put down. Researched in detail, as usual Wilbur manages to create a very credible story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wilber Smith. Gold mine. 11 July 2013
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very good book, but I am biased as I love all Wilber Smiths books they are you cannot put down category.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic read 29 Jun. 2013
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From the first page this book had me hooked
Usual Wilbur Smith book, it has it all
Highly recommend
Looking forward to my next read !
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typical Smith novel keeps going all the way through
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Good story
Published 8 days ago by WES BYE
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
its ok
Published 13 days ago by bencal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another excellent tale by Wilbur Smith.
Published 1 month ago by Rual
4.0 out of 5 stars Never disappointed !
How can you keep giving the man five stars, although he usually deserves it. Got to keep him on his toes! I keep coming back to Wilbur Smith when I want a good read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alan Carnahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as ever
Purchased to re-read as I have been going through all Wilbur Smith books again and must have lent my original copy to one of those people who never return borrowed books!!.... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. S. Stocking
4.0 out of 5 stars I still enjoyed the way it was written and could put the ...
Although I had seen the film of this book a long time ago and knew the plot, I still enjoyed the way it was written and could put the actors faces to the characters in the book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by PAUL WILLIAM SHAW
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Another excellent book from Wilbur Smith when he was writing at his best!
Not on the same league as rage and the Courtney saga but good nonetheless.
Published 5 months ago by Deborah A Eakin
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Bought for my husband who is a Wilbur Smith fan
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