By the same author as "South Trap", "A Cleft of Stars", and "Hold Down a Shadow", this story revolves around an expedition to an African island to look for diamonds. Only one man stands in their way, and he is determined to sabotage the scheme and destroy anyone who trespasses on the island.
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This adventure carries the reader on a rising tide of suspense as a seabed diamond-mining operation runs up against malevolent natural forces bordering on the super-natural and encounters a mysterious "collector of deserts" - Shelborne - whose mystical communication with nature and obvious mental energy seems buried on Mercury Island, a guano-covered hell-hole. John Tregard, the young narrator, stumbles but never falls in his determination to solve the enigma of the island; its strange occupant and odd pheno-mena - the "Glory Hole" and its secret, the death-dealing rattles ironically named "The Bells of St. Mary's" and the furtive smell of diamonds. Mr. Jenkins combines an imaginative flair for story-telling with scientific sense. And if the impact of the ending seeps away a bit with overly contrived coincidence, it is good Hollywood. (Kirkus Reviews)About the Author:
Geoffrey Jenkins was born in 1920 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and educated in the old Transvaal, where he wrote his first book-a legal history-at the age of seventeen. After leaving school he worked as a sub-editor in Zimbabwe, later becoming a newspaperman in both Britain and South Africa. He combined a most successful career in journalism with a life-long interest in the sea, and his knowledge of ships and sailing has provided the background to many of his novels. His first novel, A Twist of Sand, was published in 1959 and immediately became a bestseller; it was later filmed. Eight more most successful novels followed having sold over five million copies in twenty-three different languages.
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Book Description Fontana Press, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6161448