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The Red Derelict   By: (1855-1914)

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In The Red Derelict, author Bertram Mitford takes readers on a captivating journey through the untamed wilderness of South Africa. This thrilling adventure novel beautifully combines elements of suspense, mystery, and romance, making it a compelling read from start to finish.

Set against the backdrop of the late 19th century, the story follows Richard Darke, a brave and resourceful young man who finds himself entangled in a web of secrets and treachery. When a strange and ominous red ship mysteriously appears off the coast, Richard's curiosity gets the better of him, leading him on a quest to uncover the truth behind this enigmatic derelict vessel.

Mitford's vivid and detailed descriptions transport readers straight into the heart of the South African landscape. From vast open savannas to dense jungles, each setting feels authentic and alive, showcasing the author's deep understanding and love for the region. The way he intricately weaves the natural surroundings into the narrative adds a layer of depth to the story, making it not just an adventure tale, but also a celebration of the beauty and rawness of Africa.

The cast of characters in The Red Derelict is diverse and well-developed, each bringing their own unique perspectives and motivations to the plot. Richard Darke shines as a likable protagonist, displaying bravery and determination while also experiencing moments of vulnerability and doubt. His interactions with other characters, including the strong-willed Elsie, offer moments of genuine emotional connection, adding an engaging layer of romance to the story.

One of the standout strengths of Mitford's novel is his ability to build suspense and maintain a sense of intrigue. As Richard delves deeper into the mysteries surrounding the red ship, the stakes continuously rise, and the tension becomes palpable. The author masterfully keeps readers guessing, skillfully dropping hints and clues that gradually unveil the truth, making each twist and turn all the more satisfying.

The Red Derelict is a well-crafted and thoroughly enjoyable adventure that keeps readers hooked until the final page. Mitford's beautiful prose, captivating storytelling, and strong character development make for a truly immersive reading experience. Whether you're a fan of historical fiction, adventure tales, or simply appreciate a captivating story, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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The Red Derelict By Bertram Mitford Published by Methuen and Co. London. This edition dated 1904. The Red Derelict, by Bertram Mitford.





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