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STRANGER THAN FICTION!,
This review is from: The Golden Keel (Paperback)
The fact that Desmond Bagley picked up the threads of this his first novel from an ex WWII soldier in a Jo'burg bar is a fact known only to a few people. Being mentored by the great man in the last years of his life, I learned the story over our evening cocktail when the day's education/advice into the many and varied aspects of novel writing was over. So, if you haven't read Bagley's first novel I urge you to do so. And remember this tale of fiction is quite possibly a little more than that! I have passed on the full backround to its genesis to Nigel Alefounder who runs the Desmond Bagley official webpage...
Nigel is currently in the process of adding this to the autobiography section of that webpage. In the meanwhile I hope you enjoy this superior action adventure. DB always called it his lucky book. For a first novel of its time I would say superior.
John Templeton Smith