This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Shangani Patrol by John Wilcox

The Shangani Patrol

by John Wilcox

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
231668,756 (3.67)None



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Another look at Africa with Jenkins 352 and Simon Fonthill. With Simon's wife as well. This time we see a seedier side of the Victorian British land grab, and how Cecil Rhodes manipulates the less sophisticated and worldly wise natives.

Most of the book sets us up for a long view of what was occurring and because of that, we don't have a good time scale, nor a map in this book. Both of which would have helped.

The action, and instead of fighting to protect the empire, but in this case, expand the empire, is the last 20% of the story, instead of all bound throughout.

Not that there isn't action, or that there are not enemies. This time, we do not have the usual bumbling and fumbling Victorian Officer that has existed before to use their pride to thwart Fonthill's directness in doing what is right.

In some sense that is better, because in every operation before, always have a fool above Simon to thwart him as seemed too much. Simon has been at this long enough that he is recognized as an expert. And that should be played on more. That, and a next generation to hand off what he and Jenkins have learned to.

The series continues to hold my attention, well written, and the characters are consistent and endearing. A very good addition to the historical novel canon. ( )
  DWWilkin | Oct 14, 2012 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0755345622, Paperback)

Adventurer Simon Fonthill is forced to take sides in the last and most tragic battle of 19th-Century British South Africa, in this gripping military adventure


In the African Cape, Simon Fonthill—one-time subaltern and ex-captain in the North West Frontier’s Royal Corps of Guides—and his wife Alice find themselves on tribal land and at the mercy of ruthless Matabele warriors. While being held under the orders of the warrior king Lobengula, Fonthill becomes aware of a Portuguese plot to undermine a valuable treaty between Lobengula and the richest man in Africa, Cecil Rhodes. When friction develops between Rhodes and the Matabele tribesmen, Fonthill is forced to take sides. Together with Alice and his comrade 352 Jenkins, he becomes embroiled in one of the bloodiest battles in British history, the Shangani River massacre. 

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:05:33 -0400)

(see all 3 descriptions)

It is 1889 and the great powers of Europe are scrambling for territory in Africa. The last prize is the kingdom of Matabele and Mashonaland, ruled by tyrant King Lobengula and policed by his warriors. The British do not wish another colonial war, but millionaire Cecil Rhodes wants the land at any price.… (more)

» see all 2 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.67)
3.5 2
4 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 133,423,242 books! | Top bar: Always visible