Ghosts of the Past
Nick Eatwell finds himself in southern Africa investigating the century-old execution of Australian soldier Cyril Blake.
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German South West Africa 1906, Australian horse trader Cyril Blake is executed in cold blood by the Kaiser's soldiers. Sydney, the present day. Blake's great nephew, recently widowed Nick Eatwell, is approached by South African journalist Susan Vidler who is investigating his ancestor's mysterious demise. Intrigued and looking for distraction, Nick discovers a long-lost manuscript which tells how Blake stayed in South Africa after serving in the Anglo-Boer War and joined the Nama people in their rebellion against the Germans in South West Africa, modern-day Namibia. In Munich, historian Anja Berghoff, researching the origin of the wild 'ghost' horses of Namibia, stumbles across intriguing letters from Irish-German spy Claire Martin, with whom Blake had an affair. As Nick and Anja's paths cross, they find themselves racing through southern Africa, and through time, on the trail of a legend. But they're not alone. Someone else is chasing these ghosts of the past, looking for clues for a hidden treasure worth killing for. Ghosts of the Past is based on a true story.
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Tony Park was born in 1964 and grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, a press secretary, a PR consultant and a freelance writer. He also served 34 years in the Australian Army Reserve, including six months as a public affairs officer in Afghanistan in 2002. He and his wife, Nicola, divide their time equally between Australia and southern Africa. He is the author of sixteen other African novels.