A Cleft of Diamonds Tony Matthews

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Published: February 11th 2013

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A Cleft of Diamonds  by  Tony Matthews

A Cleft of Diamonds by Tony Matthews
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A Cleft of Diamonds is a story of high adventure set mainly in British and German East Africa in 1914/15.Norwood Tynbridge-Pierson, the son of Britain’s minister for war is at Cape Town enjoying a holiday when an urgent telegram arrives from hisMoreA Cleft of Diamonds is a story of high adventure set mainly in British and German East Africa in 1914/15.Norwood Tynbridge-Pierson, the son of Britain’s minister for war is at Cape Town enjoying a holiday when an urgent telegram arrives from his father.

Norwood is instructed to go to Nairobi, where he is to gauge the public’s reaction to the possibility of war with Germany. His urgent instructions also require him to report on a series of border incursions into German East Africa which are being made by a rogue Scot named Carrick MacDonald.En route, the ancient ship carrying Norwood to British East Africa breaks down in Dar es Salaam and Norwood is forced to take passage aboard a ridiculously small river barge manned by a very colourful and murderous Indian boatman named Rashiv.Rashiv attempts to steal Norwood’s money and intends killing him to cover the theft.

However Norwood manages to survive a rather bizarre attempt on his life and is thrown onto the wild shores of German East Africa with only a goatskin of water to sustain him.Meanwhile, Carrick MacDonald and his fiery daughter, Corra, are raiding German convoy wagons of ivory and industrial diamonds. Germany is on the brink of war with Britain and before the Royal Navy can place a blockade on the ports, the German administration of the country is literally stripping the colony bare of its vast natural wealth.Wild, colourful, and something of a loveable villain, Carrick MacDonald is a coffee grower in British East Africa but his plantation is failing and he sees he can make enormous profits by raiding the German convoys.

He becomes a thorn in the side of District Commissioner Felix von Schrober, whose every attempt to catch MacDonald and his daughter is thwarted.Norwood Tynbridge-Pierson, now wandering haphazardly through the German colony, stumbles upon one of MacDonald’s ambushes and scares the Askari troopers who flee with the porters and their valuable cargo of ivory. MacDonald is furious but realises he cannot leave the unworldly Norwood to wander the wilderness alone.

MacDonald takes Norwood with him as they flee towards British East Africa. The Askari hot on their heels.The two men, accompanied by Corra, MacDonald’s daughter, travel quickly north towards Chyulu’s mountain, a wild inhospitable place where they meet the notorious Chyulu, a local chief who wields enormous powers over the African Kikuyu population. Here, after a prophesy made by Chyulu, Corra and Norwood become instant enemies.

Corra attempts to drive Norwood away and even threatens to shoot him. She is prevented from doing so by her father, Carrick MacDonald.The party now encounters various adventures as the German district commissioner, Felix von Schrober, aided by a frail spotter aircraft, pursues MacDonald and his men through the harsh African wilderness. MacDonald is wounded in an attack but manages to get his party to a spectacular gorge where he lays a bizarre trap for the German commissioner and his African riflemen.Finally, after many more adventures, the party arrives at the bustling port of Mombasa and the following day they travel by train through the spectacular East African countryside to Nairobi.

In Europe, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and wife, Sophia, have just been assassinated, and the world teeters on the edge of war — a war which will draw MacDonald, Corra and Norwood once more across the border in search of the legendary ‘Cleft of Diamonds’.What follows is one of the most astonishing stories to come out of colonial Africa.

Can Norwood, Corra and MacDonald survive a massive manhunt which subsequently takes place, and what eventually becomes of the fabulous Cleft of Diamonds?



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