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The Dark of the Sun

Bruce Curry sets out with a trainload of mercenaries to relieve a mining town in the heart of the African jungle. The journey turns out to be a nightmare, softened only by Curry's meeting with Shermaine, a Belgian girl with whom he falls passionately in love.

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A gendarme snatched up his rifle from where it lay at his feet; Bruce saw him elbow his way towards the side of the truck to begin firing; he was working the slide to lever a round into the breech.

 'Mwembe!' Bruce shouted the gendarme's name, but his voice could not penetrate the uproar.

In two seconds the whole situation would dissolve into a pandemonium of tracer and bazooka fire.

Hired to kill. Fighting to live.

Captain Bruce Curry has a simple enough mission, or so he thinks: lead his mercenary soldiers to rescue a town cut off by rebel fighting in the Belgian Congo. It soon becomes clear that the town's diamond supplies are the real focus of the mission he's been sent on. Although Curry soon finds something more valuable than diamonds, and will do anything to protect it.

But there's one thing Curry hadn't counted on – that his most deadly enemies may not be the ones he's facing down the barrel of a gun, but the ones who are right beside him . . .

An action-packed thriller featuring a mismatched band of mercenaries, from global bestseller Wilbur Smith.

Reviews

If the phrase ' a man`s book' has any meaning, it describes this powerful, savage ... gripping, fast moving novel.
Books and Bookmen
Wilbur Smith ... writes as forcefully as his tough characters act.
Evening Standard
A well-knit, fast -moving, adventure story ... The action is swift, taut and convincing ... The portrayal of men and situations, of jungle and outpost is colourful and alive. It is a 'big' book, quite irrespective of its length.
The Scotsman
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Publication date ISBN Format RRP
05/01/2018 9781499860047 Paperback $16
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