Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Settler by Brian Duncan

A novel of love and war in 19th century South Africa

Loves and wars in the cauldron of Southern Africa in 1890-1902, 
where a young Englishman and his American companion become accidental soldiers. 
an they survive the desperate fighting between settlers and African tribesmen, and between British and Boer armies? Which of four pioneering young women will choose to share their challenges? 

WINNER! Historical Fiction category; IndieReader 2013 Discovery Awards 
(announced at Book Expo America in New York on June 1, 2013)


Martin dreams of a life outside of England, in Africa where he can explore a new land, settle down someday, and farm. Before he departs, he is asked by a friend of his father, to take an unruly young American named Perry Davenport to South Africa with him. Perry has been tasked with seeking out for an uncle who owns and operates several gold mines. Little is Martin to know that Perry will become a nemesis in many ways. 

Set in South Africa during the end of the 19th century, The Settler is an intriguing adventure rich with historical accuracy and a touch of romance. The story sweeps the reader into the heart of the Matabele War, the Mashonaland Rebellion, and finally the Second Boer War. Some of the war scenes are not for the feint of heart, but war is war and the graphic are accurately depicted and feel very real. I found the scenes that concerned the women and children in the concentration camps most poignant of all. There is definitely something for everyone in this sweeping novel. Nicely written, with plenty of emotional turmoil, I enjoyed this historical novel and learning more about the Boer war in exotic Africa. 


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