#PerFineOunce by #PeterVollmer

The nukes are missing and there is only one man for the job.

Commander Geoffrey Peace, an ex-submarine commander and now a trained agent in MI6, is sent undercover to the picturesque Southern tip of Africa shortly after Nelson Mandela’s release and the unbanning of the African National Congress. Posing as Lord Digby Brentwood, Peace must infiltrate a group of ultra-right-wing Afrikaners in a country undergoing great political change.

The hard-right Afrikaner movement in South Africa, with prominent Afrikaner gold-mining industrialist Anton Van Rhyn as one of its leaders, refuses to forfeit its supremacy in the new democratic South Africa. To that end, they hijack gold bullion shipments to finance their insurrection and sabotage the decommissioning of South Africa’s nuclear arsenal, while retaining a number of warheads for themselves.

Not only must he find and disarm the nukes, but he must salvage the shipment of gold that lies buried in the ocean on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia. Peace prefers to work alone, but this time the Vice Admiral has paired him with covert MI6 agent Cherry Boxx. Together they will traverse deserts and snow-covered mountains and save a country from a threat it did not realise was right on its doorstep.

Now all Peace has to do is keep them both alive…

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I remain in awe of those who have control in fulfilling their aspirations – this usually from a young age and already evident during the senior school years.

PROLOGUE

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(@lume_books, 23 July 2020, 336 pages, ebook, copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed, #BlogTour 13 January 2021 via @RandomTTours)

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. I’ve never read any James Bond books and spy thrillers tend to leave me cold. Still, the blurb and the story of how the book came into being intrigued me and I decided to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It’s well written and fast paced and the characters are all spot on. I enjoyed the fact the book is mostly set in South Africa, the author does an impressive job of bringing the country, people and culture to vivid life.

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