About the Book

GerryBookiPadWhen lifelong friends Jaco, Ralph and Rusty meet up for a rare reunion, they learn what each did in the missing years. When Rusty brings out a precious stone, a fascinating tale ensues of one of the largest discoveries of precious stones and metal in war-torn Central Africa decades ago.

Hungry for adventure and in need of finding a solution to their current financial predicament, the three friends set off to retrieve a huge cache of treasure from the jungle, where the rest of the scoop was hidden.

Challenges and unexpected events ensue as the unlikely treasure-hunting trio embark on a modern treasure hunt that turns into the adventure of a lifetime.

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Book Reviews

Carlo Pagani

Carlo Pagani

This is the first book I read by Gerard Colenbrander. I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure and would recommend the book to any person who enjoys adventure, action, risk, flying and maybe experiencing a bit of midlife crises or feel or think that they are too old. The pace is smooth; the story uncomplicated enough, the environment is mainly Central Africa evocatively portrayed with accent on the river the heavy forest with its threatening darkness. The only negative criticism that I have is that I finished the book too quickly and found myself wanting more…

L.B. South Africa

This book is not in my regular genre, but I found it very enjoyable. The characters are realistic and the story a true page turner. Looking forward to reading Gerard Colenbrander’s next book.

L.B. South Africa
Sias Bothma, author of <i>Behind Closed Doors</i>

Sias Bothma, author of Behind Closed Doors

For a first timer, I give you ten out of ten.

Sheila Needham

Warm-hearted, superbly crafted adventure with African roots. This lovely story shows the depth of long-standing friendships, trust and reliability on each other, seen through mature eyes with young-at-heart demeanour. Companionable and highly amusing chitchat with excellent descriptions of ‘the plan’, and the exciting background leading up to and the execution. It is quite an enthralling geography excursion interspersed with great humour and understanding, mystery and goodwill. The final outcome is very heart-warming and in an unsuspected location, again filled with acts of kindness and humour. When one closes the final chapter, it is like biding a group of friends a fond farewell and wishing them success in their already planned future endeavours.

Sheila Needham

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About the Author

Gerard Colenbrander

Born in Johannesburg 1942, the author spent many years traveling in his twenties. These travels took him around the world and included some vivid adventures. The first few chapters in the book The Power of Seventy relate to some of his first experiences whilst travelling in Africa, some of which were recorded in books and included in a movie. With an interest in aircraft, he and a friend decided to acquire crop duster licences from a flying school in the USA. The idea was to travel through Europe, by ship to Canada then overland to the Nevada flying school. They reached Iceland where after 3 months plans were changed and Gerard ended back in Denmark, where he and a friend bought a Combi, converted it into a camper, and set off to drive to Australia. During this 4 month odyssey Gerard performed as a second in a western movie filmed on the Isle of Ibiza, and again as an extra on the set involving Hayley Mills and Trevor Howard at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Subsequent to these travels, he was called back to South Africa to manage and develop a family owned sugar farm. This was successfully accomplished and following the sale of the farm, he embarked on a series of businesses – a few disasters and others successful ventures.

A widower with 3 sons in professional capacities, Gerard co-founded the now well known Highstakes Venue Conference and Activity centre on a farm near Cato Ridge. He is busy with another book.


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