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The Mine By Kenneth C. Ryeland
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The Mine is a political thriller set in Nibana, an imaginary West African state, several years after gaining independence from the British in 1962. With the Eastern Region about to secede and Nibana... More > heading for civil war, the head of state invites an archaeology professor and his team to investigate some ruins in the Northern Region. The professor’s astonishing finds initiate a chain of extraordinary events that lead to abduction. A police investigation ensues, but becomes complicated when an Eastern Bloc country is commissioned to print currency for the secessionists, and an MI6 agent, working with the police, must hinder the secession by sabotaging the currency. An abandoned mine becomes the focal point when the agent, police and archaeologists are incarcerated there and discover its secret. Murder, breathtaking corruption, river pirates and rogue army officers; Ken Ryeland manipulates these ingredients in his usual consummate way to provide an exciting political thriller.< Less
Leyland Rover By Kenneth C. Ryeland
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Leyland Rover is an account of Ken Ryeland’s tours of the Far East as a service engineer for British Leyland during the early 1970s. After serving an engineering apprenticeship and several... More > years working in Nigeria, Ryeland and his family returned to the UK, where he joined the Rover Company at Solihull. Later he transferred to Rover/Triumph’s overseas service department; his job was to see that Leyland’s Far East distributors conformed to all operational and engineering standards. The culture and different working practices in the various countries presented many challenges for Ryeland, but he manged to survive being held hostage by the military in Malaysia; interrogated by police in Afghanistan; hospitalised in Thailand and summoned to the palace by the king in Nepal.< Less
The Up-Country Man By Kenneth C. Ryeland
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"The Up-Country Man" is a true account of a young British engineer's arrival in Nigeria in April 1967 to take up his new job. The country is seven years into a volatile independence and Ken... More > Ryeland struggles to come to terms with the culture shock and the endemic tribalism that pervades every level of society. On being transferred to Enugu, capital of the troubled Eastern Region, he is further challenged when the Regional Military Government rebels against the Federal Military Government in Lagos. An act of secession quickly follows and the short-lived Republic of Biafra is born. Almost immediately the new republic is plunged into a bloody and bitter war of survival with the Lagos Government and Ryeland finds himself trapped in the rebel enclave as Federal troops close in for the kill.< Less

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