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Fire Across the Veldt (Simon Fonthill Series Book 11) by [Wilcox, John]
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'Action packed fast-paced adventure' --Historical Novels Review

About the Author

According to author 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 742 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (29 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749013486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749013486
  • ASIN: B00BOE1DD4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Excellent story where one can sit in the saddle and be in the midst of battle and military blunders, not quite up to Sharp but still a good read, for me I shall be reading more about Fonthill !
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I am a great fan of the Fonthill series.This book had the potential to be a great read.unfortunately I felt it was spoilt by rather too much emphasis and detail,on the activities of Alice.
However still a good read.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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