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“An epic...Smith joins the ranks of one of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels.” ―Tulsa World

“I can recommend an extremely readable new novel, Gold Mine ... Mr. Smith`s story is packed with action and excitement, and it surges along in crisp stile.” ―Sunday Express

“Smith is a master.” ―Publishers Weekly

“One of the world's most popular adventure writers. ” ―The Washington Post Book World

“A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship. ” ―Tulsa World

“Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared.” ―The Times (UK)

“Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa. The bodices of rip and the blood flows. You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August.” ―Stephen King

“Action is Wilbur Smith's game, and he is a master.” ―The Washington Post Book World

“The world's leading adventure writer.” ―Daily Express (UK)

“Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick.” ―Sunday Times

“Smith is a captivating storyteller.” ―The Orlando Sentinel

“No one does adventure quite like Smith.” ―Daily Mirror (UK)

“A thundering good' read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith's books.” ―The Irish Times

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312940610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312940614
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. After the successful publication of WHEN THE LION FEEDS in 1964 he became a full-time writer, and has since written 30 novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books have been translated into twenty-six different languages

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By A Customer on July 22, 1999
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GOLD MINE is about a stock market manipulation scheme affecting the stocks of South African gold mining companies by sabotaging the mines. Much of the action of the novel is set in a gold mine. The extensive descriptions of the mine, mining methods, and processing methods are clear and accurate-with one possible exception. Mr. Smith's use of the term "heavy media separation" seems to conflict with standard usage. I found the characters to be shallow-which really means that I could not identify nor empathize well with them. But this is, after all, an action novel, and it is quite entertaining as such. The plot is predictable, but not plodding.

WILBER SMITH NOVELS
Wilber Smith's novels are characterized by hard edged characters in harsh, unforgiving environments and situations, against implacable foes. When one of Smith's "heroes" succeeds, his victory is usually pyrrhic-as is often the case in the real world. This gritty pioneer mentality is appropriate to South Africa.

I imagine that many readers will conclude that many of the characters in Smith's novels lack dimension. But that's a failure of people, not of the author. There ARE nasty, vengeful people in the world who are NOT complex, and Smith describes such people accurately. Smith does not attempt to explain such people-which I appreciate (in contrast with most modern novels filled with dreary shallow pop-psychology). Smith's heroes are men who manage to exceed the sum of their heredity and environment-as is often the case in the real world.
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There is some criticism of this book it's too short or too simple, and in a way, it's justified. This book is 37 years old! Would you compare a 37 year old movie with today's movies? Or even fashion, or a football team's playbook? Things get better, writers improve.

Having said that, I still like this book. I don't know anything about gold mining, but it seems technically sound. True, the characters are simplistic, the plot is simplistic. Villians are evil and get their just due. Good guys win. There are no double or triple twists in the book. It's just simple straightfoward story about gold mining and a few characters in it.

A simple straightfoward story with a nice ending. Heck, that sounds better by the minute! In fact, that's what I wish the world would be like today, where you know who the good guys are and you know who the bad guys are and they lose! Yeah, that's what we need more of! Two thumbs up, definitely!

Transport yourself back to good old 1970 and enjoy this book! You need a break from 2007!
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Want to learn about Africa without a tedious history course? Try Wilbur Smith's novels. Even though events and locations are fictionalized, there's apparently enough accuracy to give one a good sense of the particular area of the continent -- all enfolded in a fascinating and exciting story line.
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The story is ok but the good part of this book is the setting. Wilbur Smith knew the big gold mines first-hand and wove that into the story.
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I've read many of Wilbur Smith's novels and enjoyed them tremendously. This book falls into the category of a short story for the author. It was entertaining but didn't have the depth of detail that his longer books have. I got the feeling that this could have been a longer novel cut short for some reason.
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Wilber Smith is one of the great story tellers. Although his books are set in Africa. this story is also an in depth lesson in the way gold is/was mined and how mining companies operated. Of course, although the story is about mining gold there is plenty of mystery and drama involved.
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There is an interesting description of the mining technology of the day and the people which worked the mines.
Old grand pa Hurry, founder of the mine, is obviously respecting the work of Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, where well trained work force is the greatest source of wealth. The description of the workers from Basutoland (Now Kingdom of Lesotho) are very enlighten for readers of the book.
The CFO Hurry’s son in law, a German educated economist is man of the school, when Monetarism was starting to brainwash university students, that the only concern was money.
At the time of the book, the gold price was fixed at $ 35 pr. Ounce, as the great nation powers had the theory that it supported financial stability. In 1975 the market price was $ 100 pr. Ounce:
After The Regan administration legalized Monetarism things where good for gold and in 2012 the market went up and over $ 1800- and we have not seen nothing yet of Capitalism in the 21st Century.
Elías Kristjánsson, Iceland.
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The characters remain, the movie line (Gold) moves faster, but the book has a better ending. Big King had a more active part in the book, and that should have carried over to the movie. Rodney Ironsides daughter was missing in the movie, probably a good idea. I thoughtrod's arrival at the mine disaster was better in the movie. Hurry Hershfield was a colorful character in both venues, but his caring nature was more apparent in the book. All in all, I enjoyed the book and the movie. I would recommend reading the book and then watching the movie.
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