Blood Wood

Blood Wood

by Mark Reed


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Guy Lucan is an English railway engineer employed by a New York based consulting firm. Posted to Madagascar as part of a World Bank contract, he is to assist with regeneration of the island's 100 year old French colonial railway network. His love of Malagsay life soon develops, and quickly he understands the challenges of managing an antique transport system in Africa.
Soon after his arrival, the State railway is unexpectedly purchased by an emerging local business magnate linked to the Mauritian mafia. Guy discovers the railway is being used to export shipments of illegally logged Rosewood from Madagascar. As he learns more about how the new owner is using the trains to hide these exports and launder millions of dollars of criminal funds, his life is threatened when he is kidnapped by the loggers.
Escaping from capture seems impossible but...

Guy Lucan's role as the railway Director General becomes a mix of Sherlock Holmes and James Bond as the conspiracy deepens ... powerful and persuasive!




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ISBN-13: 9781523753246
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/13/2016
Series: Guy Lucan Series , #1
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author


Some years of expatriate postings to African railways have given Mark Reed a unique insight into local cultures and business methods in remote countries throughout the Dark Continent.
The Guy Lucan series are based on real, existing railway networks in sub Saharan Africa where each storey is a combination of crime thriller and travelogue. The author has drawn extensively from his long experience of living in previously French colonies to describe the people and sights of modern day Central Africa.
His first novel, 'Blood Wood' is set in Madagascar dealing with illegal logging of hard timber forests in the north of the island which has become an international environmental crime. The second in the series, 'Red Gold' centres on the smuggling of copper ftom the Democratic Republic of Congo through Zambia and Zimbabwe on the original Cecil Rhodes Cape to Cairo railway network. A subsequent book will cover stock market manipulation of an African railway company based in Johannesburg.
The series is aimed at railway enthusiasts, readers interested in exotic travel and those who enjoy a fast moving thriller filled with intrigue, danger, love and ironic humour.
Mark continues to work in the railway industry in Central Africa and lives with his family in South Africa.

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