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Publication Order of African Adventure Books

A Forest of Spears (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Wild Rhino (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tracking Evil (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Young Lions Books

The Young Lions (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Brave Men (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Searching for the Queen's Cowboys (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Queen's Cowboys (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pacific War Ghosts (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Tony Maxwell
The South African author Tony Maxwell has been writing for quite some time now, with a strong body of work behind him. Writing action adventures set in a range of exciting locations, he’s got a definite gift for tension and suspense, really capturing a feeling for each place he depicts. Taking the reader on a journey, he allows them get swept up in the excitement, continually turning the page for more. This is something that has earned him a legion of fans worldwide, with his books retaining a universal appeal far and wide.

Often featuring periods of history in his work with important historical events taking precedence, he also shows a high-degree of accuracy in his writing. Paying attention to detail, his work feels genuine and authentic, depicting each era as it actually was back then. He achieves this through meticulous research, all while still keeping it entertaining and compelling, right to the very last page. It also transports readers once again, delivering a compelling storyline and characters that manage to work on a number of different levels.

Featuring strong and resourceful characters in the lead-roles on many occasion, his protagonists definitely leave an impression on the reader. Well drawn, they really have a sense of weight and heft behind them, allowing the audience to fully invest themselves in their plight. This has proven to be hugely successful for Maxwell over the years, creating a unique formula that is quite unlike any other. With a lot more to come yet, he isn’t stopping any time soon either, as there are plenty more titles planned for release on the horizon.

Early and Personal Life
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tony Maxwell would grow up with a strong interest in both reading and writing. Showing a passion in literature from an early age, he would continue to refine and hone his craft, becoming a writer with a lot to say. Spending some time in the army, he would go on to travel extensively, visiting most of Africa, along with Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

He would also travel through the South Pacific looking at battlefields from World War II, taking photos, and using it as research for his books. Spending some time in London as well, Maxwell would build upon his writing drawing from influences such as Wilbur Smith. Living in Australia for twelve years, he would go on to finally settle down in Canada with his wife where he continues to write to this very day.

Writing Career
The first book that Tony Maxwell would bring out was titled ‘Searching for the Queen’s Cowboys’ and it was released in 2009. In order to research this he would travel to South Africa with his son Brad, spending a number of trips working on the filming of a documentary on ‘Strathcona’s Horse.’ His second book, ‘Pacific War Ghosts’ in 2012, would be the result of his trips through the South Pacific, gaining the inspiration while there.

He’d also go on to write ‘The Young Lions,’ a historical novel in 2013, and it’s sequel ‘The Brave Men,’ in 2014. There was also the Hamilton family series, also known as ‘An African Adventure,’ which would feature the eponymous family throughout. Spending a lot of time researching his novels, they continue to enthral readers around the world, garnering acclaim from both critics and readers alike.

The Young Lions
Originally brought out through the Bratonmax publishing label, this would first come out in 2013 on the 10th of September. It would also be one of the first ‘African Adventure Story’ titles featuring Robert Hamilton, looking at the Hamilton family for the first time. Capturing a sense of South Africa and what it was like, it’s a historical novel, with plenty of research and attention to detail.

Looking at the period in question, Tony Maxwell makes the most of the setting, really bringing it to life for the reader. This is something that he excels at, travelling extensively and putting his many experiences back into his work and writing. Not only knowing the subject matter well, he also creates well drawn characters here, as the reader really feels as if they get to know them over the course of the book.

Looking to find his fortune out in the wild and rough of the Johannesburg goldfields, adventure looms in the late nineteenth century for Robert Hamilton. Coming into close contact with the Boer people of the Transvaal Republic, the business interests of Hamilton take him on a wild journey. Now it appears that there’s a British invasion on the horizon, as Robert is on the side of the Boer people, while his brothers enlist in the Canadian regiments to fight for the British. Can they overcome these tensions between them? Where will Robert Hamilton’s journey take him? What will become of the Young Lions?

Pacific War Ghosts
Initially published through the Bratonmax publishing label once again, this first came out in 2012 on the 12th of March to much acclaim. Providing a historical account of the past, it evokes the memory of previous battles fought, taking a look at the Pacific War in-depth. Not a part of any series, it’s a non-fiction account of what actually happened, as Maxwell takes a trip there himself, and examines the truth of the war itself.

It’s been over seventy years since the South Sea Islands were embroiled in the battles of the Second World War, with the ghosts of war lingering in the air, from the battlefields of the South Pacific Papua New Guinea to The Solomon Islands. With an entire generation now long gone, the spectres of the past still remain, within lagoons and secret hidden jungle glades, all holding the painful memories. As these relics of war continue to steadily fade away, this takes a look at the Pacific War Ghosts through the eyes of Tony Maxwell, as he takes a journey through the past. Where will he end up once he reaches his final destination? What will he find along the way? Just who are the Pacific War ghosts?

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