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The Shangani Patrol
by John Wilcox
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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 Fonthillone-time subaltern and ex-captain in the North West Frontier’s Royal Corps of Guidesand 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)
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.
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