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A Dash from Diamond City   By: (1831-1909)

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In George Manville Fenn's A Dash from Diamond City, readers are transported into a gripping tale set in the Wild West of America. The novel follows the adventurous journey of Frank Harley, a young boy who finds himself entangled in a series of thrilling events that keep readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish.

Fenn masterfully captures the essence of the American frontier, painting vivid images of vast landscapes, dusty towns, and lawless days. His detailed descriptions effortlessly transport readers to the heart of Diamond City, a treacherous mining town teeming with greed, danger, and enticing opportunities.

At the center of this intricate narrative is Frank Harley, a brave and resourceful protagonist. From the moment readers meet him, they are immediately drawn to his determined spirit and unwavering loyalty. As he embarks on a dangerous mission to find his missing father, readers are taken along for the ride, experiencing every adrenaline-pumping moment alongside him.

One of the aspects that make this novel truly engrossing is Fenn's ability to seamlessly intertwine action with emotion. As Frank faces numerous obstacles, including encounters with outlaws and treacherous journeys through unforgiving landscapes, readers also witness his growth as an individual. Fenn beautifully explores themes of resilience, family bonds, and personal strength, making the story resonate deeply with readers.

Moreover, the supporting characters in A Dash from Diamond City are equally captivating. Each individual that Frank encounters on his journey possesses a unique backstory and adds nuance to the plot. Be it the enigmatic cowboy who becomes a mentor to Frank or the courageous young girl who becomes a lifelong friend, these characters bring color and depth to the narrative.

Fenn's prose is clear and engaging, capturing the essence of the American West with his distinct writing style. He skillfully balances dialogue with descriptive prose, creating a seamless reading experience that keeps readers eagerly turning the pages. The pacing remains consistently fast-paced, ensuring that the novel never loses its momentum.

A Dash from Diamond City is an enthralling adventure that immerses readers in the untamed world of the Wild West. With its engaging characters, pulse-pounding action sequences, and heartfelt moments, George Manville Fenn delivers a truly captivating tale that leaves readers longing for more. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking an exhilarating journey through a bygone era in American history.

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A Dash from Diamond City, by George Manville Fenn.

The setting is South Africa, during the Boer war. Two young men are sent from Mafeking with important despatches which they have to get back to the General at Kimberley, travelling through Boer occupied country, and meeting with many mishaps. Just before they finally arrive they are both severely wounded, and are unconscious for a fortnight. Luckily the despatches, which had been sewn into a jacket, now filthy and blood stained, are still to be found, though there had been the idea that the jacket would most probably have been thrown away, as it wasn't at first anywhere to be found.

There are other threads in the story, for instance there's one about illicit diamond dealing, and of course we meet Boers and Kaffirs, as well as English people.

There is the usual well written sequence of tense moments we get from this author. A good read, and a nice audiobook if you prefer that. NH




Tick, tap, tap tap, ticker ticker tapper tapper ; tick teck, tacker tap went a typewriting machine, and scratch scratch went two pens, in one of the minor offices connected with that vast wealth producing industry known as the De Beers Diamond Mines, where, seated at desk and table, three young men were hard at work, one manipulating the typewriter, one writing a letter, and the third making entries in a fat leather covered book with broad bands and a big letter distinguishing it upon the back... Continue reading book >>

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