Hardback book in dustjacket. First edition first printing. Signed by the author directly on the title page. NEAR Fine/NEAR fine unread condition - but with quite a few indents and surface scartches to rear board surface and rear dustjacket surface. Last copy in stock and scarce signed. The Fonthill series has always been a good read, but The Guns of El Kebir and The Siege of Khartoum have better plotting, characterisation and action than the earlier books. This series gets better with each book!
The eyes of the world are on the fate of General Gordon and the English-held Khartoum as it comes under siege, in this latest novel in the thrilling Fonthill series.
Simon Fonthill, one time subaltern and ex-Captain in the North West Frontier's Royal Corps of Guides, together with 352 Jenkins, ex-batman and servant, are called to Khartoum. They're on an urgent mission from Sir Garnet Wolseley to reach General Gordon, England's hero, who is being besieged by followers of Mahdi, the infamous religious leader who has declared a jihad against Egyptian authority in the Sudan. Their journey on camel-back through the Sudanese desert is treacherous. When they finally reach the General, an unexpected attack makes them realise that they have little time to make contact with Wolseley, who can dispatch troops to rescue General Gordon. As they leave in darkness to cross the Nile, they're set upon by a brutal Dervish patrol. Can Simon and Jenkins survive a Dervish interrogation and make it back to the General before Khartoum falls from British hands?