The Burning Sky, Paperback Book
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1935: Harry Jardine is a soldier of fortune. Forced to flee Hamburg after helping Jews escape Nazi Germany, he is recruited by a secretive British committee to smuggle guns from Rumania into Abyssinia, under threat of Italian invasion.

Taken to the Horn of Africa, the guns are transported over the harsh landscape, a slave trader's route full of danger, into the hands of the Ethiopian Army.

On his travels Jardine acquires more baggage than he cares for, including a beautiful, but difficult, American female in search of her archaeologist mother, a drunken British reporter and a daredevil French flyer. But the Ethiopians are ill-equipped to face a modern Italian army using tanks, bombers, and poison gas.

Trained for war, can Jardine just walk away? Or will he be drawn into a bloody conflict against massive odds, and still save those who now depend on him?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical adventure
  • ISBN: 9780749009540

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A totally fatuous novel. I might, possibly, have enjoyed this when I was twelve years old ... though, actually, I would hope that even then I had the discernment to demand a coherent plot, plausible characters and some command of the English language from my reading fare. This failed to deliver on all three of those criteria.

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