In the 1950s a routine underground inspection in a gold mine turns into a horrifying experience for a South African mining engineer.
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Evelyn walked towards the cluster of flame lilies, each one a cup of flickering scarlet edged with trickling gold, growing up from the deep, rich, red African soil. She bent down gently stretched her arms around them, just able to touch her fingers
together, and breathed in deeply. The smell of green … only here on this land.
In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s three young people, whose life experiences and personalities couldn’t be more different, and each of whom carry deep emotional scars travel to Tanzania.
When wealthy, influential Frank and Lizzie Cudgill are unable to have children they adopt a boy they name Daniel. But soon, their long-awaited parental bliss turns awry when they realise there is something strange and unsettling about him. When Frank passes away suddenly from a fatal heart attack barely two months after everyone thinks his death was caused by intense grief over her loss.
Four teenagers investigating a catacomb that has appeared at the back of a giant Johannesburg cemetery unleash an ancient evil bent on bringing the Apocalypse. Armed only with their wits and with a little help from a mystery man, the four take on a dangerous mission that will change their lives forever.
Theodor, the eighty-five year old protagonist in this engaging short novel, writes of his early years in Johannesburg in the 1930s and 1940s.
The story begins as he remembers how his journey began. It ends with his arrival in the fledgling Israeli state to serve his ancient homeland as a soldier-farmer on an outlying kibbutz. But the main focus is reserved for the often funny and always ironic accounts of the childhood and youth of an intelligent Jewish boy growing up in a dusty mining town in Africa.