A young Englishman, Martin Russell, travels to Southern Africa in 1890 to farm in scarcely explored territory north of the Limpopo River. His companion, a feckless American, Perry Davenport, prospects for gold. Their courage is tested against Lobengula’s impis in the Matabele War of 1893.Returning from the war they visit an isolated farm and both fall for the lovely daughter of their host. Later, Martin becomes entangled with the wife of an inept aristocrat and fellow-settler, and is drawn closer to her during the 1896 Mashonaland Rebellion, while her husband is embroiled in the ill-fated Jameson Raid.Conflict in the region erupts and Martin and Perry find themselves on opposite sides in the Boer War. Both men are swept through the worst of the long and bitter war. Perry is captured and tried as a spy - only Martin’s testimony can save him from execution.
You can contact the author, Brian Duncan, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. He currently lives in Gettysburg, PA, 17325, USA.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Publication at last
"The Settler" has been published at last! Its gestation has taken 23 years, from the time I started writing it in Thailand in 1989.
The novel will soon be on sale on the Amazon.com website, and as a Kindle book.
"The Settler" is a historical novel, set in Southern Africa in the period 1890-1902: