Beyond Mombasa

The epic new African novel from the bestselling author of Tears of the Maasai.Beyond Mombasa tells the unforgettable story of Ronald and Florence Preston, the pioneering Victorian era couple who, with the help of 1000 mutinous coolies, not to mention all manner of beasts, attempt the seemingly impossible building a railway line from exotic Mombasa on the east coast all tThe epic new African novel from the bestselling author of Tears of the Maasai.Beyond Mombasa tells the unforgettable story of Ronald and Florence Preston, the pioneering Victorian era couple who, with the help of 1000 mutinous coolies, not to mention all manner of beasts, attempt the seemingly impossible building a railway line from exotic Mombasa on the east coast all the way to Lake Victoria, deep in Africa s dark and wild heart.In an era when the French were threatening the British stronghold over Africa, this intrepid couple defy the odds in their quest to accomplish the greatest engineering feat the world had ever seen But to achieve their goal they must overcome innumerable challenges inhospitable terrain, floods, droughts, illness, man eating lions, political pressures, warring tribesmen, traitors from within, not to mention the huge personal strain put on their marriage Beyond Mombasa takes the reader on an heart stopping adventure across Africa a land full of danger and colour, a land which has since the dawn of time resisted the white man s scourge, and a land where man is pitted against not only nature, but against himself.
Beyond Mombasa The epic new African novel from the bestselling author of Tears of the Maasai Beyond Mombasa tells the unforgettable story of Ronald and Florence Preston the pioneering Victorian era couple who with

  • Title: Beyond Mombasa
  • Author: Frank Coates
  • ISBN: 9780732279196
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    Frank Coates

    Frank Coates was born in Melbourne, ran away to Africa in 1989 at the age of 45, joined a UN team in Nairobi as a technical expert and a year later, on the shores of Lake Victoria, married a Tanzanian of the Nyamwezi tribe It was a life changing experience for the ex Telecom Australia engineer who had earlier worked in Malaysia and Papua New Guinea The UN contract ended, but Frank was now hooked on Africa, and worked as a consultant in countries from Kenya to Swaziland and from Mozambique to Botswana It was during these four years that he developed his passionate interest in the political and cultural history of East Africa His marriage didn t survive the continental shift back to Australia and he and his African princess divorced some years later They say that those who have spent time in Africa can t easily forget the experience, so after denying his urge to write for thirty years, when Frank finally began his writing career in 2001, his imagination took him back to Africa His first novel, Tears of the Maasai made the best seller s list in 2004 He then gave up his day job to write full time.

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    • Lesley said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 17:44 PM

      I enjoyed this latest book by Frank Coates.It covered the building of the railway from Mombasa to Lake Victoria Africa.It was base don a true story of the trials,tribulations and huge effort it took to build the railway and I learned a lot about railway building.Quite a nice story about the main characters Ronald and Florence(recently married) and their experiences in the wilds of Africa.The story ends in such a way another could easily follow on.It was an interesting read that I enjoyed

    • Lizie said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 17:44 PM

      1890's Kenya and the construction of the Mombasa to Lake Victoria rail line provide the backdrop to this story of man pitted against nature, others and himself. Based on true events and people. A good read.

    • Jonathan said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 17:44 PM

      I did enjoy this book. It is at times a drag, the story gets stagnant and smelly, just like the dried up lakes in the Tsavo.

    • Michael Heath-Caldwell said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 17:44 PM

      Interesting book backgrounding the construction of the Kenyan railway.

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