Deep underground in the Eureka mine, South Africa’s zama zamas illegally hunt for gold. King of this brutal underworld is Wellington Shumba – a man who rules his pirate miners through fear of torture and death.
Running Eureka’s legitimate operation is former recce-commando Cameron McMurtrie. When one of his engineers is taken hostage, Cameron does not hesitate to mastermind a dramatic rescue – and finish it off with a manhunt for Wellington. That is until corporate interference from the mine’s Australian head office, in the shape of ambitious high-flyer Kylie Hamilton, gets in his way.
Doctor Hamilton is visiting South Africa supposedly to finalise a new mine on the border of the famed Kruger National Park, but instead she and Cameron are forced into a partnership to fend off an environmental war above ground, and a deadly battle with a ruthless killer below.
Cameron and Kylie have become Wellington’s prey. They must unite – their lives depend on it.
I went underground while touring a gold mine at Barberton as part of my research for The Prey. That's me on the left in the gum boots.
This is what all the fuss is about - me holding a freshly smelted gold bar. Illegal miners in South Africa live and die underground for this stuff.
Cameron McMurtrie and Kylie Hamilton have drinks, dinner and who knows what else here, starting at the bar of the Royal Livingstone Sun in Zambia, overlooking Victoria Falls.
The scenery around Barberton, where The Prey is set, is stunning. This is the view from my hero Cameron McMurtrie's house, looking down over the town.
The Wimpy restaurant in Barberton where Cameron McMurtrie had a tense meeting with a criminal miner, while Tony Park was enjoying the Double Up breakfast, with two soft fried eggs, bacon, pork sausages, brown toast and a cup of famous Wimpy coffee.
THE PREY by Tony Park, UK: Quercus
Tony Park was born in 1964 and grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. He has worked as a newspaper reporter in Australia and England, a government press secretary, a public relations consultant, and a freelance writer.
He also served 34 years in the Australian Army Reserve, including six months in Afghanistan in 2002.
He and his wife divide their time between two homes, one in Sydney and another in South Africa on the border of the Kruger National Park.