Soldiers of Fortune

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In the stifling jungles of a small South American country, Robert Clay works as a civil engineer at a mine. With two American assistants, he attempts to reap all the rewards found in this challenging environment. But he also has a secret history as a mercenary, fighting for whichever side will pay him the most. Clay finds himself in love with Alice Langham, the daughter of the wealthy American owner of the mine. His competition for Alice is Reggie King, who is also from an illustrious and powerful family. ...
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In the stifling jungles of a small South American country, Robert Clay works as a civil engineer at a mine. With two American assistants, he attempts to reap all the rewards found in this challenging environment. But he also has a secret history as a mercenary, fighting for whichever side will pay him the most. Clay finds himself in love with Alice Langham, the daughter of the wealthy American owner of the mine. His competition for Alice is Reggie King, who is also from an illustrious and powerful family. Together, these characters find themselves at the center of an explosive political situation, where a violent revolution is about to begin. All are caught up in the uprising, and must take whatever measures necessary to survive. But Clay and his companions see a way to make money and gain power in this most dangerous of enterprises. Soldiers of Fortune is a kind of novel that is not written anymore: men achieving recognition and honor by engaging in daring exploits in the midst of arms and warfare. The key to survival is personal commitment, and politics and patriotism are a thing of the past. Using an almost journalistic kind of writing, the author is able to bring great realism to the story. Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916) was born in Pennsylvania. He entered actively in 1886 upon the newspaper career that was to make him the most widely known reporter of his generation. He produced no less than seven popular novels, some of them among the best sellers of their period. Four of these covered international affairs. He was also a successful writer of plays, with three running simultaneously on Broadway at one time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781140636168
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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Richard Harding Davis (18 April 1864—11 April 1916) was a writer of fiction and drama, and a journalist who covered the Spanish-American War, the Second Boer War, and the First World War. Davis was born on April 18, 1864. His mother Rebecca Harding Davis was a prominent writer in her day. He made his reputation as a newspaper reporter in May to June 1889, by reporting on the devastation of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, following the infamous flood. He added to his reputation by reporting on other events, like the first electrocution of a criminal (the death of William Kemmler in 1890). Davis became a managing editor of Harper's Weekly, and was one of the world's leading war correspondents at the time of the Second Boer War in South Africa. As an American, he had the unique opportunity to see the war first-hand from both the British and Boer perspectives. Davis also worked as a reporter for the New York Herald, The Times, and Scribner's Magazine. He was popular among the leading writers of his time, and is considered the model for illustrator Charles Dana Gibson's dashing Gibson man, the male equivalent of his famous Gibson Girl. He is also mentioned early in Sinclair Lewis's book Dodsworth as the example of an exciting, adventure-seeking legitimate hero. Source Wikipedia.
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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    I realize this is a reprint from long ago. However that is no e

    I realize this is a reprint from long ago. However that is no excuse for the proof reading. I worked in publishing for 40 years and if an author submitted this to me, it would have gone right in the slush pile. It is nigh unreadable!

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