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The Settler (The Lion and the Leopard Trilogy Book 1) by [Duncan, Brian]
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About the Author

Brian Duncan is a British novelist. He was born in India and lived there for the first twelve years before going to secondary school and college in England. He then went out to Africa to work in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. He has lived and worked in many other countries, including Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, England and the United States. His main interests are travelling, writing and golf. He now lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2022 KB
  • Print Length: 425 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (27 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007PG4NSW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"The Settler" was a wonderful tale, rich in the history of a land and its peoples. The characters are well thought out and their relationships intriguingly complex. A second volume would be most welcome, as I found myself not quite ready to let go of Martin (The Settler) and the woman whose heart he has finally won. There are a lot of strong characters in this book, and they each in their own way search for their place in the world and the great land of Africa. I especially appreciated how well the author was able to consider differing sides of the Boer War- The Boers love of the land and their wish to have a say in it's government, and the British settlers and troups. It is a delicate balance of the natives right to their homeland and the settlers searching for a new way of life. Altogether a thoroughly enjoyable tale, and one that has left me hoping for more.
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a brilliant unputdownable read from start to finish, this book is a fictionalised potted history of the early settlers in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe with great background on the Shona and Matabele uprisings, the ill fated Jameson raid and later boer war.

read this book if you have any interest in Southern Africa and it's history.
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The Settler is an excellent novel, a story of love and conflict on several levels set against the backdrop of the early pioneers in Southern Africa, and the political and military history of those times.
The period between 1890 and 1902 was a time of upheaval and war between the native African tribes, the Boers and the British and many of the main historical events are captured. The fictional characters are skillfully woven into the fabric of the time as they find themselves involved in these events and meet up with some of the leading contemporary figures including Rhodes, Smuts, Botha, Kitchener, Lloyd George and even a cameo of the young Winston Churchill.
The story is told from the viewpoint of the British settlers and the Boers both of which groups are well portrayed and the author clearly has a good grasp of their history and lives. To some extent this is at the expense of the Native Africans who remain somewhat shadowy figures either as marauding hordes or as servants or workers who play no real part in the development of the story.
The conflict of war is obvious, but Martin, our hero, deals with many personal conflicts including a long running battle with his enforced fellow traveller the rather dilettante American, Perry, whose motivation for being there could not be more different from that of the determined and serious Martin. Their rivalry runs throughout the story and involves their desire for the same woman, and their ideas on whether to drive forward or stay in the comfort of the relatively peaceful major cities. They even contrive to end up on opposing sides when war inevitably breaks out. Martin also finds himself heavily conflicted in his own love life.
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I bought this book because it was set in Africa and had some very good ratings. I enjoyed the historical and geographical background hence the three stars. However, In relation to the actual story line and characterization I thought it was almost all totally unbelievable . The main character is weak and pathetic although I believe the story attempts to portray him as strong and courageous . Another character is an extremely wealthy English Lord. He goes to Africa to acquire land and takes a job on a farm so he can learn how to manage a farm ! Why would he do that ? He is not an adventurous sort of man so how believable is this? Fiction has to be credible and this book was not credible for me . I did finish it but it was hard going . .
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I bought this book as an addition to my collection of works (fiction and non-fiction), on the history of Southern Africa. I had no great expectations....I was seriously wrong. This book provides an exceptional insight into local episodes such as the Matabele and Mashona uprisings, the fateful Jameson Raid and the Boer War....providing great info on the Concentration Camps of that period. Intertwined with a personal story of hardship and romance through the eyes of the main character Martin Russell, and his acquaintances. Thoroughly engrossing and the over-riding memory is that I had to keep reminding myself that this was a first novel....well done Mr Duncan.....more of the same please!
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This is as good a book as I have read for a long time.
First class plot Heroes we can believe t.
Will look for more books by this author.
If you are interested in AFRICA then you must read this book.
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By Rhodie on 22 Oct. 2013
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I can only conclude this book was more fact than fiction. It was exceedingly boring and long winded. I found both Martin and Perry to be weak and rather pathetic. Never able to truly make up their minds about anything, especially woman, seemingly thinking themselves in love with every woman who passed their way. I bought this book because I grew up in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, but the story was just so boring, I struggled to read it to the end. After reading the reviews before buying, and the 5 stars it was given, the book turned out to be hugely disappointing.
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