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It's 1898, in British East Africa. Reuben Cole finds himself torn between battling to save his son from the evil slave markets of Mombassa and foiling the murderous plans of the Ugandan king, Mwanga. Added to this mix of torment and intrigue are the exceptional rains and volcanic disturbances beneath Lake Naivasha, plus the threat to the railway camp at Nairobi by 10,000 a...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Robert Hale
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Daniel Wetta
I was intrigued by prolific author Michael Parker's repertoire of novels across genres and did not know where to begin. All the descriptions of his books appealed to me. Finally, I read that he considers Hell's Gate his masterpiece, so I could think of no better place to start than with the book the author is most proud.

The novel is simply stunning. A masterpiece it is, by any definition, and fully satisfying for the reader on several levels. The author says he put sweat and tears into the resea...more
Michael Parker
Oct 11, 2008 Michael Parker rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Lovers of historical adventure/romance
I am the author of this book. I first presented it for publication twenty six years before it was finally accepted. In between that I wrote more, which are now in print. HELL'S GATE is what I call my 'masterpiece'. I sweated blood and tears, researching for almost a year. It is set in British East Africa, in 1898, and was inspired by the building of a railway line by the British Government from Mombassa to Uganda. HELL'S GATE is what I would call an adventure/romance. Reuben Cole is a widowed fa...more
Lee Holz
Hell’s Gate combines history, action, adventure and romance into one highly entertaining package. The characters are well drawn and engaging. As a bonus, there are lyric descriptions of Kenya’s Riff Valley.
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Brought up in London. Attended Sir Walter St. John's Grammar School for boys in Battersea until the family moved to Portsmouth in 1954. Continued education at Southern Grammar. Left school with no qualifications and started work as a Junior deigner at Twilfits (Corset/Brassiere manufacturer). Left after one year and joined the Merhcant Navy as a Steward. Two years later married Pat, my teenage swe...more
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