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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
An enterprising journalist stumbles onto a plot involving multiple countries that threaten to catapult South Africa into war in the stunning historical novel The Rand Conspiracy by Richard Westover. After a ten-year absence, journalist Peter Leroux returns to his childhood home of Johannesburg when his father dies in a mining accident. While working for Cecil Rhodes, Leroux discovers discrepancies in his father's estate that don't add up and realizes his father's death was murder. An unknown and unheard of newcomer to Johannesburg claims the Leroux mine assets and holdings as payment for an alleged debt Leroux is sure is fictitious. Determined to avenge his father's death, Leroux hunts for the thieving stranger and unexpectedly uncovers smuggled guns and stolen gold. Several factions are struggling to gain control of the South African Republic. Their machinations are causing a rumbling beneath the placid surface of Johannesburg. Has Leroux uncovered a conspiracy that will erupt into war? Can he stop it before it ignites?
Based on historical events, The Rand Conspiracy by Richard Westover is a stunning work of fiction suffused with conspiracies and treachery. A web of intrigue threads throughout the storyline, realistically depicting the struggle between Germany and Britain and their desire to control Southern Africa and its gold mines. The intense and dramatic story has an intricately woven plotline steeped in suspense, subterfuge, conspiracies, and deception. The characters are fascinating and include significant historical figures such as Cape Colony Prime Minister Cecil Rhodes and President Paul Kruger. The stunning imagery of the backdrops perfectly creates an authentic portrayal of the era. It is a brilliant novel filled with action and adventure that will thrill those who love exciting stories containing espionage, intrigue, and courageous heroes. Superbly executed!