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Like most authors, MP Miles was advised to write from what he knew. Having worked irregularly with British Intelligence for years and having walked home alone as a teenager from South Africa to the UK, even being rescued at gunpoint by a man who reappeared later in Miles’ life under a different name, it’s clear that what MP Miles knows is suited only to create the heart-stopping espionage adventure that is Shelter Rock.
South Africa is under attack from all sides when Elanza, a politically connected heiress blinded by disease and looking for love, meets naïve English Ralph who realises he’s stumbled upon South Africa’s biggest secret. When Ralph disappears into the depths of Africa to walk home overland, a Swazi spy, the only black African agent working for the apartheid era National Intelligence Service, comes into both of their lives.
Angel Rots is uniquely qualified for his official mission to find Ralph and a private mission to settle an old score, but in a pursuit from Cape Town to Cairo, Ralph is always one step ahead and Angel starts to ask questions. Why is this kid so important? What has he found? Looking for answers, Angel discovers a secret that challenges his own loyalties – and could change the course of history.
MP Miles says: “The journey through Africa as taken by the boy Ralph is exactly the route taken by me in 1981. Like Ralph, I met people that helped me – along with poachers, drugged soldiers, and thieving nuns. Many younger people I meet today through the course of my work as a yacht captain seem surprised that there was a time, very recently, when a teenager could disappear alone into Africa without an iPhone, google, Instagram and TripAdvisor, and still survive.” He continues: “I also felt on hearing rhetoric from both North Korea and the US that sounded very much like cold-war nuclear brinkmanship that we have been here before, and that there were parallels and similarities between South Africa’s nuclear ambitions in the 80s and early 90s leading up to the end of apartheid and North Korea’s position today.”
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Release date: 28 February 2019