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Mary F, October, 2023:

Fury and Revenge in Cape Town is a gripping  novel of mystery, social unrest, revenge and intrigue. Highly recommend and look forward to the next book.

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Hare · July 2023:

Read this book. It chronicles the atmosphere, events and characters of the student revolution against apartheid education and the inhumane response by the security forces. In this tumultuous environment, these fearless protagonists had to win over a historically skeptical community and obtain parental support. A cold blooded master assassin's evil crimes add outrage. Ultimately painstaking investigations by the detective and doctor unmask the killer and his motives.
The aphorism hubble, bubble toil and trouble beautifully describes the content and context of this well researched novel.

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Neill F. July, 2023

Book 1 is more than a crime thriller. The author has lived and has personal experience of the dreadful years of Apartheid South Africa . He weaves a gripping story, which combines fact and fiction mainly centred around the year 1976 in and around Cape Town. The book gives us some idea of the brutality and ruthlessness of the South African police force pre 1994 .I look forward to his next two books of the trilogy. I would recommend this book to anyone interested for a view of South Africa in the years before 1994.

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Ann, L, July, 2023: 

“I can count on one hand the books that have made me audibly gasp...this one did!...It opened my mind to the many layers of destruction brought about by the apartheid system. I am eagerly awaiting books 2 and 3 of this trilogy!!”

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Unknown reviewer Feb 2024:

A fast paced, tightly written read. I was completely taken in by this tightly written crime drama involving complex, compelling characters and striking settings. Dr Stanley Gershon is a relatable protagonist, caught between seemingly insurmountable forces in his 1970s Cape Town shanty slums. The personal and political conflicts of Gershon, his best friend Jim, Gershon’s girlfriend Fay, local policeman Detective Adams and the detective’s daughter Lydiah dovetail expertly against backdrop of a very realistic, historic apartheid South Africa dovetails in a compelling, layered narrative that drags the reader along.

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CF: October 2023.

Great book to give readers an idea of what SA was like during Apartheid, the day to day experiences. Started reading it and enjoying it thus far, an excellent depiction of what life was like through the eyes and experiences of one who lived it.

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Laura, January, 2024:

I was completely taken in by this tightly written crime drama involving complex, compelling characters and striking settings. Dr Stanley Gershon is a relatable protagonist, caught between seemingly insurmountable forces in his 1970s Cape Town shanty slums. The personal and political conflicts of Gershon, his best friend Jim, Gershon’s girlfriend Fay, local policeman Detective Adams and the detective’s daughter Lydiah dovetail expertly against the backdrop of a very realistic, historic apartheid South Africa  in a compelling, layered narrative that drags the reader along.

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Ann L,  July, 2023

I can count on one hand the books that have made me audibly gasp . . .this one did! More importantly it opened my mind to the many layers of destruction brought about by the apartheid system. I am eagerly awaiting books 2 and 3 of this trilogy!!

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Diane C, March 2024.

With the student-led revolution as a back drop, this story focuses on one man's revenge and another man's sacrifice. A third, Detective Adams, has a case to close before he retires. Over the course of the novel, the lives of these characters become entwined as the despair of the black community reaches boiling point. A confronting read but one that reminds us of the brutality of the Apartheid years in South Africa.

Personal notes to author.

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Stacey J,  January, 2024

Really enjoyed this book, looking forward to reading the trilogy.  

Pat W, October, 2023.

Shadley Fataar has shaped the 1976 uprising, which started in Soweto, as a novel. The author may have used a few liberties [indeed very few, I suspect] but the facts of the defiance by the people of the Cape Flats against the brutal apartheid juggernaut are brought home to the reader at an almost intimate level. Very worthwhile read, but expect a knot in the gut if you experienced 1976 in Cape Town.

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