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Gold Mine

Gold Mine

Wilbur Smith

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Gold Mine by Wilbur Smith

North of Johannesburg, five companies share the Kitchenerville fields, furiously blasting and digging deep into the earth. For some men, gold mining is a way of life--and death. For some it's just a business. For one man, it's the most dangerous game of all...

Rod Ironsides makes love to his boss's wife and drives his miners faster and harder than anyone has ever dared. A few weeks ago, Ironsides had a passion for golf and one-night stands. Now, he has been handed a prize and a curse: to blast through rock and reap a fortune--or be destroyed.

From a split-second, oxygen-sucking explosion to a looming underground wall of water, there are a dozen ways Rod can fail. But his passion and fury won't let him back down from a conspiracy he cannot see: men who want to turn his mine into a death trap--for the bloodiest pay-day of all...

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It began in the time when the world was young, in the time before man, in the time before life itself had evolved upon this planet.
The crust of the earth was still thin and soft, distorted and riven by the enormous pressures...

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Praise for Gold Mine

“An epic...Smith joins the ranks of one of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels.” —Tulsa World

“I can recommend an extremely readable new novel, Gold Mine ... Mr. Smith`s story is packed with action and excitement, and it surges along in crisp stile.” —Sunday Express

“Smith is a master.” —Publishers Weekly

“One of the world's most popular adventure writers. ” —The Washington Post Book World

“A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship. ” —Tulsa World

“Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared.” —The Times (UK)

“Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa. The bodices of rip and the blood flows. You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August.” —Stephen King

“Action is Wilbur Smith's game, and he is a master.” —The Washington Post Book World

“The world's leading adventure writer.” —Daily Express (UK)

“Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick.” —Sunday Times

“Smith is a captivating storyteller.” —The Orlando Sentinel

“No one does adventure quite like Smith.” —Daily Mirror (UK)

“A thundering good' read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith's books.” —The Irish Times

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About the author

Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith is the bestselling author of many novels, each meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His bestselling Courtney series includes Assegai, The Sound of Thunder, Birds of Prey, Monsoon, and Blue Horizon. His other books include Those in Peril, River God, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll, and The Sunbird. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have sold over 120 million copies. Smith was born to a British family in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, in Central Africa, and attended Rhodes University in South Africa. He has homes in Cape Town, London, Switzerland and Malta.

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