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A Rough Diamond and Hidden Gem.......
on 10 November 2012
I was greatly impressed by Sherlock's work and will find more of his stories to read. 'Hyena Dawn' is where 'Dogs of War' meets 'The Wild Geese', set in darkest Southern Africa at the end of the Seventies a group of mercenaries are sent to Mozambique to prevent a Soviet-backed invasion of Rhodesia from occurring. But it isn't as simple as that as we soon find out!!
Rayne Gallagher is a typical hero; strong, ruthless, resourceful yet ever so sensitive and vulnerable. He also has a past, a past which drives him to do what he does. Rayne along with his friends Lois Kruger, Sam Elliot, Deon de Wet and a host of other likable characters attempt to foil the pending invasion of Rhodesia. Battling powerful and utterly ruthless villains in the guise of devious mining magnates, Soviet military generals, stone cold CIA agents and treacherous Africans, their path to success is strewn with obstacles and unseen dangers.......
Sherlock paints a rich tapestry of African life which absorbs you from the start. His descriptions of rural Africa as well as that of urban South Africa are wonderful, and also provide a excellent backdrop to the action and they certainly open one's eyes to the life of the 1970s African mercenary. It does feel a little contrived in places but that certainly doesn't alter the fact that this is a cracking read and up there with other greats such as Forsyth, Clancy and Ludlum.