KRUGER'S GOLD: A novel Of The Anglo-Boer War
"Kruger's Gold: A novel of the Anglo-Boer War."
(South Africa - 1902.)
Canadian Lt. Harry Lanyard, British Army, leads a mounted patrol of hard-bitten Colonial troopers into the veld to recover $10-million worth of gold bullion hidden by Transvaal President Paul Kruger during the Second Anglo-Boer War.
To do it, Lanyard must battle tough burgher commandos, murderous bandits, hostile civilians, and an enemy spy sworn to kill him, while his own cavalrymen have turned mutinous. He also strives to regain the love of his Boer-American ex-sweetheart who now is allied with a ruthless Czarist secret agent. Yet, despite all this unblinking violence, the tale includes no less than four romances, and a cast of colorful characters, one of which is a gallant horse.
Based on many actual events, "Kruger's Gold" is meticulously researched in historical details. It reveals courage, chivalry, and patriotism on both sides, a high-stakes quest for hidden treasure, the horrors of concentration camps and ruthless guerrilla fighting, while innocent civilians and black Africans caught in the middle suffer during the "last of the gentlemens' wars".
Sidney Allinson is a Canadian novelist and military historian, author of six books, film scripts, and numerous magazine articles. His military history, "The Bantams: The Untold Story Of World War One", was highly acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic. He wrote "Jeremy Kane", a Canadian historical adventure novel of the 1837 Mackenzie Rebellion and its brutal aftermath in the Australian penal colonies. Sidney Allinson served overseas with the Royal Air Force, is a past director of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, Chairman of the Western Front Association, and President of the Sir Winston Chrchill Society. Born in England, a long-time resident of Toronto, he now lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
- Sidney Allinson, October 2011
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