Call of the Lion
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Call of the Lion
Following on the bestselling success of Hyena Dawn, Night of the Predator and Eye of the Cobra, Christopher Sherlock’s gripping new novel mixes the dangerous and topical world of international arms-dealing with the African settings which have become his hallmark.
After a lifetime spent recording the atrocities of war on film, Paul Norton moves to an isolated game reserve in Botswana to rebuild a life shattered by the murder of his father and the breakdown of his marriage. But his growing love for beautiful American conservationist Dr Anne Madison is thrown into turmoil when he himself turns assassin to avenge the slaughter of his father’s beloved lions.
Paul’s action brings him the enmity of one of the most powerful men in Africa, multi-millionaire tycoon Wayne MacLeod; and Anne’s life too, is endangered by the deadly rivalry between them. Then the Gulf War looms, casting its dark shadow over their personal struggles, and Paul discovers that MacLeod is involved in a project of supreme danger - one he is in a unique position to combat – building a nuclear supergun for the Iraqi tyrant.
Call of the Lion is the story of one man’s search to find his true identity. From the killing fields of Iraq to the wilds of Africa, from clandestine meetings in the world’s capital cities to a lonely castle in Scotland this is a tale of courage and the triumph of one man against a world out to destroy him.
confidential meeting, and he was afraid; Saddam was even more ruthless than he was himself. Saddam had occupied Fahad’s position - head of the secret police, the Mukhabarat - and it was Saddam who had turned it into the formidable, terrifying force that controlled Iraq. He was ushered into the main room, and Saddam looked him up and down. ‘You look nervous, my friend,’ he said. Fahad gave a faint smile. ‘Life has been tough lately.’ ‘Ease and prosperity are things we shall all have to
surrounded him inside the National Exhibition Centre, then stepped up onto the display of his latest acquisition - Troy Air. The presentation was of components for the aeronautical industry. Troy Air specialised in the highly profitable production of advanced composite and carbon-fibre aircraft parts, which all the major airlines were using in their new aircraft as they gradually replaced their fleets. Only MacLeod and a handful of his most trusted engineers knew the real value of Troy Air.
on Paul’s head. ‘I am an honourable man,’ he said coldly. ‘Your wife dies last.’ Anne watched his finger on the trigger. It was then that she heard the call of the lion. She knew by heart the different calls of each of the three lions who had once been Shiva’s cubs, and this was the last of the three. MacLeod pivoted as the lion burst from the bush and leaped towards him. Then the lion was on him, crushing him down, sinking his claws into him. Wayne MacLeod stared up at them, let out a
they thought they’d frightened him off, which was fine. It meant that they wouldn’t be maintaining such a tight surveillance on him. He gave himself a month. He was quite certain that would be long enough for him to build up an accurate picture of what he’d stumbled on by accident. Sitting in the study of his Rutland Gate house, Fahad was beginning to sweat. Iraq had paid out nearly half a billion dollars for the development of the nuclear cannon, and still the first testing had not taken
‘Fuck!’ Sonny shouted, suddenly. He snatched up a canvas bag that was lying beside the desk and turned to Paul. ‘You were right, they did take my money!’ To Paul’s left was a bank of television screens that monitored every room in the house, and the area outside. He took in the large swimming pool, stately dining-room, sauna and spa bath, and a bedroom whose surface was probably greater than that of his entire mews house. Then they heard a door slam below. Paul glanced at a monitor and saw