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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Mombasa beach: The dream holiday of a lifetime turns into a nightmare for a young couple. Brutally attacked and kidnapped, she has to battle for survival in one of the remotest and most dangerous areas of north east Kenya. He has to find and rescue her - before it is too late.

Palm trees line an idyllic beach of white coral sand. An Arabian dhow sails on the clear blue
ebook, 296 pages
Published February 16th 2013 by WWD
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S.R. Mallery
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Imagine you are a young, White, tourist couple, wanting to explore the world and ending up in Mombasa, Africa. On your trip, you’ve already seen magnificent animals in local safaris, you’ve snorkled off the coast in crystal clear waters, and you’ve tasted interesting food and drinks at your luxurious hotel. Life couldn’t be more perfect, right? Well....

In Tony Riches’ page-turning book, The Shell, very quickly the wife, Lucy, gets kidnapped for ransom and the story goes on from there.....The
Tony Maxwell
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Shell is the gripping story of a kidnapping that takes place on a remote beach near Mombasa. Author Tony Riches bases his well written and carefully crafted novel on actual events that have taken place amidst the exotic locales of game reserves and idyllic resorts in Kenya. A highly recommended read!

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Rosie Amber
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Firstly the book cover is very striking, the eye looking deeply out at you, connects to the book in several places. You never know just who is watching you. This story is about the kidnapping of Lucy a British tourist on holiday in Mombasa, Kenya with her husband Steve. They ignore the safety warnings about not leaving the hotel beach and sadly are the victims of desperate people who see rich westerners as an easy money source.

Although the British Government policy is not to pay ransoms, I'm
Susie Kelly
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Diverting from his better known genre of historical fiction, Tony Riches has written a thriller suggested by fact - the kidnapping of a British woman from the Kenyan coast by a gang of pirates.

British couple Steve and Lucy are strolling on an idyllic beach, forgetting warnings not to stray too far. As they watch, a speedboat approaches and in a few violent moments Steve is lying unconscious, and Lucy has vanished.

The book follows their predicament from both points of view: the frightened but
Anthea Ramsay
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed The Shell. it is a real page-turner with the story twisting and turning right to the end - i couldn't put it down!

The story is set on the Mombasa beach where a young married couple are enjoying a walk, during a holiday of a lifetime, when an Arabian dhow appears in the distance on the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. As it sails closer and Lucy and Steve stop to admire it, two men jump out and brutally kidnap Lucy, leaving Steve standing helplessly on the beach.

Stuart Lennon
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
This was not my favourite read of the year. At times I found it a little pedestrian and it didn't quite flow for me.
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Tony Riches is a full-time author from Pembrokeshire, West Wales, an area full of inspiration for his writing.

Best known for his Tudor Trilogy, Tony's other international best sellers include 'Mary - Tudor Princess, 'Brandon - Tudor Knight' and 'Katherine - Tudor Duchess'.

In his spare time Tony enjoys sailing and sea kayaking. Visit Tony's website at, Tony Riches Author on
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