Nov 26, 2012

Diamond Rush

There were sounds of horses galloping and pulling the heavily laden carts. Voices could be heard everywhere and talking mostly of diamond strike. It was at Klipdrift. Diamond strike became the talk of the town.

I walked through the dusty road and passed by a few cafes where men sat around round tables; smoking, drinking, talking and mostly discussing where the new diamond fields could be found. The town was bustling with people from over the world all looking for big fortunes at Klipdrift. Diamonds that could turn a man rich overnight if luck was on his side.  Much prices had to be paid for it for it needed sacrifices of the souls or courage for the ones with the brave hearts could overcome the many challenges towards getting rich.

Jamie and Banda were on the beach picking up the biggest diamonds they could find and hastily put them inside a big bag. The footsteps of guards and dogs barking were in a distant. Then, there was a thick fog and everything was blanketed inside it. To walk through it was a struggle and not knowing where it led to; may be to one of the land mines.

I heard a growling sound right behind me and in an instant I felt something razor sharp cutting through my left leg. I shouted in pain and the only thing I heard before passing out was "Kruger-Brent."

Oh my God! Where am I now? Wasn't  a moment ago, I was picking mother diamond on the beach and having a stiff competition with Jamie and Banda and while admiring it, like in a flash everything dimmed out?  

As if I had just got out safely from the fog, I looked around and right there on my right hand was "Sidney Sheldon's Master of The Game." This was the "diamond" I was holding on the last past hours. I was so engrossed reading this novel until I fell asleep and dreamed of the diamond rush at Klipdrift, South Africa way back in 1883.

Sidney Sheldon is one of my favorite authors and purchasing his books is a-must for me.


  1. I have heard a lot about Sidney Sheldon but never came about reading his novels. Actually, many years back when I used to read Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie's novels, I had wanted to read those by Sidney Sheldon too. However I was told that his novels are for 18 plus and I wasn't eligible that time. And then I came about my favorite mystery author of all times- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his awesome Sherlock Holmes series.

    You have piqued my interest. I have been looking for good mystery stories. Could you tell me more about Sidney Sheldon and the kind of stories that he wrote?

    1. Looks like we have the same interest in reading novels by Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie. :)

      Sidney Sheldon is a master storyteller and one of the world's most prolific writers. His novels are among my choices because they are always interesting. Once I start reading any of them, I feel like I just can't stop even for awhile! It's really spellbinding!

      Currently, I have some of his novels in my collection. You got to find out more about him. Google for it.

      Thank you for your sharing. :)

    2. I'll surely be watching out for his novels.

  2. I like the way you introduced us to this book, it was intriguing. I've never read any of his books, I was more into Enid Blyton's mystery solving stories when I was a kid. I always wish I could do more reading as time seems so little to do everything I like :)

    1. Thank you, Zunnur, for your nice words. May be you should try to read some of Sidney's novels though I understand time is always a constraint. :)

      Thank you so much for joining my site. :)

  3. I have read 'If Tomorrow Comes' and 'Rage Of Angel'. I am agree with you Balqis, Sidney Sheldon is one of the most talented writer. But I am afraid..I am not a huge fan of mystery stories. That explain why only 2 of his book I ever read. But for those who are a fan of mystery story..Sidney Sheldon's book are highly recommended.

    By the make me smile when you said you were so engrossed reading the book that you dream it. :)

    1. As a prolific writer, his stories cover many aspects. I love his writing style.

      I was really dreaming that day and when I woke up, I kept on asking where was I? I didn't get any diamond but I got the experience of having the diamond rush in my dream. That's funny, right?

      Thank you so much for your nice comments, Christine. :)