The headquaters of the Natal Mounted Rifles, a South African army reserve unit based in Durban. Some of the action in Red Earth takes place in this interesting historic old building; I took part in some action inside this building while writing the book, specifically in the unit’s Sergeants’ Mess, the ‘Boot and Spur’ pub.
KwaZulu-Natal, where much of Red Earth is set, is famous as being the place where the southern white rhino was brought back from extinction in the early 20th century. This chap is snoozing on the province’s distinctive red soil, where the book takes its name from.
On the outskirts of Durban, Suzanne Fessey fights back during a vicious carjacking. She kills one thief but the other, wounded, escapes with her baby strapped into the back seat.
Called in to pursue the missing vehicle are helicopter tracker pilot Nia Carras from the air, and Mike Dunn, a nearby wildlife researcher, from the ground.
But South Africa’s police have even bigger problems: a suicide bomber has killed the visiting American Ambassador, and chaos has descended on Kwa-Zulu Natal.
As the missing baby is tracked through wild game reserves from Zululand to Zimbabwe, Mike and Nia come to realise that the war on terror has well and truly invaded their part of the world.
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RED EARTH by Tony Park, South African Edition
RED EARTH by Tony Park, UK Edition