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By Wilbur A. Smith

In 1860 starts off Ballantyne-Africa day trip, at the one hand to envision alternate possibilities at the east coast of Africa, and procure information regarding the slave alternate in significant Africa. the crowd is headed by means of the 2 Ballantyne siblings, the feminine healthcare professional Robyn and her brother Zouga who've different own goal of the journey. Robyn will locate his father, the well-known explorer Fuller Ballantyne, whereas Zouga will collect a fortune in diamonds and ivory. either one of them felt that their future is during this huge mysterious darkish continent dragons with riches, adventures and passions. Wilbur Smith continues the reader in an iron grip of anxiety and drama during this, certainly one of his most sensible novels.

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Det var mænd af dit folk,« svarede Juba. »Der var mange – nogle var hvide ligesom I, andre brune eller sorte, males de var alle sammen klædt som de hvide og udrustet med geværer (isibamu). « Matabele-folket vidste god besked med virkningen af skydevåben, da de mindst tredive år tidligere havde været i kamp med fjender, der var bevæbnet med dem, og nogle af lederne rådede selv over gammeldags forladere. »Disse mænd havde kraaler af den slags, vi bygger til kvæget, males kraalerne her var fyldt med mennesker, som vi blev lænket sammen med. Hver dag kom der flere fanger, der blev drevet ind i kraalerne – undertiden kun så mange som fingrene på to hænder, males ved andre lejligheder så mange, at vi kunne høre deres jamren på lang afstand. De var altid lower than bevogtning af væbnede mænd. En tidlig morgenstund blev vi ført ud af kraalerne og i en lang, lang række – vi var alle lænket sammen – op over bjerget og derefter ned advert Hyænevejen. « »Hyænevejen, Ndlele umfisi. « Robyn havde læst dette navn, males aldrig før hørt det udtalt. Det kunne fremmane uhyggelige Visioner. »De, der døde, og de, der faldt og ikke kunne rejse sig, blev løst fra deres lænker og slæbt ud til siden. Hyænerne var blevet så dristige langs denne vej, at de kom farende frem fra buskadset og tog fats på at æde de faldne, mens det lange tog gik forbi. Det var værst, når disse endnu var i live,« Juba tav og stirrede frem for sig, mens hendes øjne fyldtes af tårer. Efter en lille stunds forløb fortsatte hun: »Jeg ved ikke, hvor længe vi fulgte Hyænevejen, for alle dagene var ens, males omsider kom vi til havet. « Bagefter drøftede Zouga og Robyn den unge piges historie. »Hun må være kommet gennem Monomatapa, males alligevel siger hun, at der ingen byer var og heller ingen tegn på besættelse. « »Slavehandlerne har muligvis villet undgå enhver kontakt med befolkningen. « »Bare hun havde set og kunnet huske mere. »Hun var jo i en slavekaravane,« sagde Robyn. »Hun tænkte ikke på andet finish at overleve strabadserne. « »Måske er Monomatapa-legenden virkelig kun en myte måske er der slet ingen guldminer. « »Det væsentlige i Jubas beretning er, at matabelerne handler med slaver, hvilket de aldrig før har gjorr. « »Vrøvl! « brummede Zouga. »Både de og de forskellige mindre zulu-stammer er de mest rovgriske folkeslag siden Djengis Khan – det gælder både shangaan, angoni og matabele. Krig er deres livsform, og plyndring er deres vigtigste næringsvej. Hele nationen er organiseret på et process af slaver. « »Men de har aldrig før solgt slaver,« sagde Robyn tålmodigt. »I hvert fald så vidt vi ved fra alt, hvad bedstefar og Harris og andre har skrevet. « »Matabelerne har aldrig før haft et marked,« svarede Zouga. »Nu har de endelig fået kontakt med slavehandlerne og fundet en vej ud til kysten. Det er det eneste, de tidligere manglede. « »Vi må indberette om dette,« sagde Robyn med rolig, males beslutsom stemme. »Vi må aflægge vidnesbyrd om denne frygtelige forbrydelse mod menneskeheden og sende meddelelse til London. « »Blor hun puppy havde kunnet fortælle os noget om Monomatapa eller guldminerne.

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