In a time when lands were forged of blood and conquest, farmers and prospectors looked north to new beginnings. Settler wagons in their hundreds left the safety of the Cape Colony; generations on, their descendents are still fighting to keep a land they love...... "For that smallest of moments the two men stared at each other. Between them flew a hundred years, a thousandIn a time when lands were forged of blood and conquest, farmers and prospectors looked north to new beginnings. Settler wagons in their hundreds left the safety of the Cape Colony; generations on, their descendents are still fighting to keep a land they love...... "For that smallest of moments the two men stared at each other. Between them flew a hundred years, a thousand reasons. Ancient prophecies, the creak of wagons over rough ground and a woman's yearning for infinite horizons, the strengthening of one man's belief and the imminent death of another."From Rhodesia's final years, the clock turns back to the windswept, dusty streets of Kimberley’s infamous diamond fields. For Catherine Goddard and her son, Mathew, their decision to cross the Limpopo as part of a settler wagon train is one borne of desperation and a boy's need to be reunited with his father. For three months their ox-drawn trek wagon stands as their only defence against the African wilderness and the bloodlust of Lobengula Khumalo’s warring impis.Throughout the passage of a hundred years, three racially divided families are fatefully drawn together. Dynasties are shaped and smashed by kings, warrior chiefs and the indomitable lust for power and wealth by men like Cecil Rhodes and the perpetrators of Zimbabwe’s chaotic new order.From the latter part of the nineteenth century, Sons of Africa runs inexorably to the demise of Rhodesia’s white minority rule and the emergence of the new Zimbabwe....
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sons of africa Reviews
Sons of AfricaA good read and interesting story looking at two different life perspectives with Africa and the history of events from both sides
This one took me forever to read. I kept getting interrupted, but also the writing just wasn’t very good so I didn’t mind getting interrupted and side-tracked with other books. That, to me, is a sign that it’s not a great book. What I did like was the fact that it was historical fiction that held more or less pretty accurately to the events it covers (with the exception of some of the seeming mystical things, which while people did believe those things I wouldn’t say are historical “fact”). It jumped through time and characters pretty fluidly at parts, which made things confusing sometimes. I was just disappointed because I think the story could have been quite good, but it wasn’t very well written. There was a lot of extraneous stuff that really just detracted from the story at times, too. Overall I’m quite torn about it. Interesting story that I liked, but the execution was done so poorly that I at times thought I would never finish. That’s not how I want to go through a book. I ended up marking it 3 stars because I really did enjoy the story (or at least, what the story was trying to be and for some parts that really were very good). I’m not sure I would recommend this one to other though, especially not die hard Africa and/or historical fiction fans.
Fair warning - my rating is based on not getting past a couple of chapters of this book. Maybe 5-8% of it. Putting aside the run-on sentences and typos ("hut" instead of "but") that might be due to a conversion to the Kindle format, this book has no sense of pacing or real character development. (view spoiler)["Oh yeah, by the way, I just found this document saying that you're royalty. Neat, huh? So anyway, as I was saying... " (hide spoiler)] It seems more like a second draft, at least as far as I got. I am guessing that the existing 10 high ratings are friends and family. (The author himself gave his book 5 stars. He obviously hasn't read it.) I wanted to like this book and maybe a good editor could help salvage it. Maybe it gets better later, but, I won't know because I just can't continue reading it.
From British a South East Arica to Rhodesia to Zimbabwe This is an exceptionally good read for those who enjoy solid tales in this historic part of Africa.I enjoyed it's links with Cecil Rhodes and historically correct details of the first archeological excavations at the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. To me the central characters where much like Wilbur Smith's The Ballantyne Family of Rhodesia or The Courtneys, and I loved it. The author has great descriptive powers and for a first novel it is a great tribute. I recommend reading this before Empress Gold because Empress Gold follows on and I accidentally read them in the wrong order. I can't eat to read his next novel.
Sons Of AfricaOne of the best books I've read on the early days of Rhodesia in a very long time.Although a novel, Mr. Whittam's book, "Sons of Africa," is clearly the work of a writer familiar with the country and its history. He has easily captured the essence of the birth of Rhodesia and its eventual descent into darkness.But he does end on a positive note giving some hope for the future.For anyone who has enjoyed the writings of Wilbur Smith, this book is a must read.
A historical saga, following the lives of both black and white families as they waded their way through Rhodesia's/Zimbabwe's troubled and violent history. The author has an excellent command of language and description. He links the drama of his fictional tale to historic fact in an unbiased, evenhanded narration of "real life drama".
Exceptionally writtenExceptional reconstruction of the Rhodesian history through the eyes of the characters and historic South African and British personalities that explored Rhodesia's territory.Outstanding piece of writing from Jeffery Whittam describing the realities of the Southern African colonies through the 19th and 20th centuries.
It was a decent read. Learned of mining and southern Africa. Good stuff.
Similar to Wilbur Smith. I enjoyed the book