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Gold Mine

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  1,103 ratings  ·  18 reviews
North of Johannesburg, five companies share the Kitchenerville fields, furiously blasting and digging deep into the earth. For some men, gold mining is a way of life--and death. For some it's just a business. For one man, it's the most dangerous game of all...

Rod Ironsides makes love to his boss's wife and drives his miners faster and harder than anyone has ever dared. A f
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1970)
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Noah Foster
Gold Mine, by Wilbur Smith. This book was really great to read. I found this book while looking around under my house, it was lying on the floor all dusty, i read the ''blurb'' at the back and thought it was quite interesting, i soon began to read it. This book is a brutal tale of chicanery, greed, love and violence. Its loaded like a gun full of bullets, which are jam-packed with action. The character i liked the most was Rod Ironsides (one of the main characters), for he is one of the more her ...more
Procyon Lotor
Fanfiction #2 Sudafrica, Sonder Ditch: una miniera d'oro di straordinaria ricchezza, crogiuolo di speranze, ambizioni, sofferenze e passioni. Manfred Steyner, che la possiede, la sfrutta selvaggiamente per le sue deliranti ambizioni di potere; i possenti e orgogliosi minatori bantu, che vi si calano silenziosi ogni giorno, ne attendono una promessa di riscatto; e Rod Ironsides, che ne conosce e rispetta ogni cunicolo e ogni segreto, la vuole trasformare in un inaudito sogno di libert�... Il libr ...more
Graham
Another great Wilbur Smith read, this. I'd seen the Roger Moore adaptation - GOLD - beforehand but to be honest it didn't bear too much of a relation to the novel.

First off this was the shortest Smith book I've yet to read, even shorter than his earlier DARK OF THE SUN. It literally picks up with a thrilling, horrifying situation and runs with it. There's liberal exposition in the story but the thing I find about this author is that he makes such exposition interesting and entertaining in itself
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DubaiReader
Review for the abridged audiobook.

This didn't really grab me, possibly because it was reduced down to just 3CDs, possibly because I'm starting to think that a lot of character development is lost when thrillers are abridged. It just felt a bit sparse and the mining aspect wasn't of great interest to me. Dare I say that this may be more of a man's book!

Rodney Ironsides is the main character and his rise through the ranks of the Sonder Ditch gold mine is aided by his boss, Manfred Steyner, in retu
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Lisa
Not my favourite Wilber Smith book but a nice read anyway
Geoff
Typical Wilbur Smith - an enjoyable pot-boiler! It's not great literature and in places the prose is excruciatingly bad, but he does write a good story. Rodney Ironsides is promoted to General manager of the Sonder Ditch gold mine and unwittingly becomes involved in the machinations of one of its board members who is trying to inflate the price of the company's shares by flooding the mine. A ripping yarn but in places reads like a mediocre GCSE essay.
Veeral
A typical Wilbur Smith thriller which one can read on a relaxing holiday. The world building here is not as good as his other works as the book is somewhat short.

But the unique plot of mining in the depths keep you at the edge of your seat right till the end.
Gerry
A typical Wilbur Smith thriller but a little too gory for my liking although it certainly kept me entertained on a long drive down to Somerset.

Plenty of action throughout and well read by David Rintoul.
Manuela
Solo con Ci rivedremo all'inferno Smith ha toccato vette più basse che con questo romanzo. Ripetitivo nella trama (a me ricorda un po' Cacciatori di diamanti!) e poco coinvolgente.
Abkusa
I enjoyed this book a lot. Not only does it talk about the mining gold but also the difference between miners and owners
John F. Wheeles
As is true with all of Wilbur Smith's books, a very good read. Grabs your attention from the start and doesn't let go.
Carol
This was a good thriller but... the few of his books that I've read seem to have a "cookie-cutter" aspect to them.
Chrisl
Number 4 on my Wilbur Smith pick list. The mining scenes long remained vivid.
Katie Grainger
I think this is one of my favorite Wilbur Smith book simple and lovely story!!!
Peter
Enjoy my weekend reading this.
Stuart
Better than I remembered!
Melanie
Loved the book and the movie!
Gerold Whittaker
Excellent book.
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