“I believe that South African history has much in common with the American West. The clashes between the cultures of the white settlers and the indigenous population, the struggle with the wild elements and animals and later with the British rule. Of course there was th lawlessness, greed, hate and love of a country during its birth pangs and so there must be many stories to tell, this being one of many.” – Malcolm Colley
By 1902 the British war against South Africa, the so called “Boer War” was over. The British employed a scorched earth policy and removed the women and children on the farms to stop the Boer Commandoes from obtaining supplies. Paul Kruger, attempted to negotiate a deal with Holland and Germany for arms and ammunition in exchange for gold. The arms and ammunition reached the port of Lorenco Marques but the gold, sent by Kruger, went missing.
Into this chaos of the aftermath of the war, with men, woman and children trying to make it back to the farms, Gideon Barron, an Irishman born in South Africa is accused of helping to steal the gold. Wounded, he escapes but is followed and hunted by his fellow Boers for treason. He recovers from his wounds and with the help of those who later became his friends, he attempts to prove his innocence. Travelling across, what was then, the Transvaal Republic, they follow the path of the robbers. Meanwhile the true robbers manage to get away with most of the gold, some travelling into the Portuguese Protectorate of Mozambique and some beyond but some gold is left behind due to a misunderstanding.
According to many stories the gold never left South Africa. Some say that there was no gold, that the boxes were filled with ammunition.
About the Author
Malcolm Colley was born in South Africa in1942 and spent his teens of the 1950’s on a small farm just outside Naboomspruit in the Northern Province of South Africa, during which time he came to love the sounds, smells and sights of the bush.
Malcolm did his basic training with 1st Special Service Battalion in Bloemfontein and has happy memories of army life in the bush. He also spent twenty-five years training in martial arts. During his work in a steel mill and underground in a diamond mine, he yearned to be back in the bush and although his profession was Project Manager, his love of the bush remained.
It was during this time that the in-depth research into his first novel – Zachariah: The Boer Diamond – began. After a successful publishing, the research for the second work began. This, book number five, follows Gideon accused with the robbery of gold meant for payment of arms and ammunition for the Boer commandoes.
Malcolm now lives with his wife, Lorraine, in Horsham, England when not travelling back to South Africa as an excuse for research on his next book.
Praise for Some of Malcolm’s Other Books
Zachariah: The Boer Diamond
“A great, unique take on the Boer War – a historical novel that captured my imagination! Definitely one I struggled to put down!” – Dr JWW
“I highly recommend this book and congratulate the author on an excellent read.” – Adrian Cunningham
“I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down! Great for people wanting to reminisce about Africa or for anyone wanting adventure! A well written and researched story I would very happily recommend to anyone.” – Ruby Red
Dorothea: The Boer Treasure
“The characters are well written and believable, the action intense… It offers a glimpse of South African landscape, language, and personality. All in all, an enjoyable book, and worth reading!” – Lynne