From the author of The Windsor Conspiracy comes a tale of deceit, corruption and greed, deepening the mystery behind Royal involvement in world affairs.
Fans of the Windsor Conspiracy will welcome back familiar characters while for new readers this stand-alone story will take them from Zimbabwe to Niger Delta, the slums of Harare and in the Australian outback to undercover shocking secrets.
Zimbabwean Gus McKenzie’s land, Four Kings - won in a card game by his grandfather - is ravaged by looters and murderers after Mugabe decrees all white-owned farms will be resettled. Gus, left with nothing, vows to destroy those responsible for ruining his life.
But who was responsible?
Was it Mugabe, or was he a mere pawn in an international plot? Was the land taken for resettlement, or was there a more sinister reason? And why did the British not intervene?
In Four Kings the reader is treated to suspense piled on suspense from this masterful story teller, who adds another twist with every page. Four Kings is published by Tangerine Publications.
"Hi Mike. Just wanted to tell you how much i enjoyed your book "Four Kings". It was a super read and has all the makings of being a best seller. I found it more exciting than a James Patterson novel, or Stuart Wood. Now I have to read book one. Thankyou for writing such a fast paced and believable story, it kept me well entertained for a few hours. Love your paintings too, you clever man. All the best. Wayne"
About Mike Ponder
Raised in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, and educated at Hutt Valley High School, Mike Ponder has been a successful Artist, author, cattle breeder, olive pioneer and grape grower. Mike Ponders unmistakable art and writing styles continue to earn him both national and international success.
Mike was a founding member of the very successful ‘5 Artists’ group and has assisted and encouraged new artists through tutoring night classes and weekend schools. Mike believes that his unique and individual style is due to being self-taught. His paintings are bold, full of texture and colour, sometimes delicate with amazing detail and always with a touch of red – they are painted with knives only.
Mike has produced three books of his art. The first, ‘Textured Colour’ has sold out. Copies of his later books, ‘My Way – A Touch of Red’ and ‘Oil on Canvas’ are still available. They show some of the best examples of his recent work in both oils and watercolours.
Following the sale of Ponder Estate in 2002 Mike wrote his first novel, ‘The Windsor Conspiracy’ Published in 2007 it became a best seller and is sold internationally. The sequel ‘Four Kings’ was released in Dec 2012.
Wine and olive oil have also played an important role in Mike’s career. In 1987 Di and Mike Ponder purchased 35 ha of land on the outskirts of Blenheim and planted their first olives and grapes the following year. They developed an international reputation for their wines, and were pioneers in the development of New Zealand’s olive oil industry. Mike’s experiences and knowledge of growing olives and making olive oil are well documented in his best selling ‘The Good Oil – growing olives in NZ’. Limited supplies are still available.
Today Mike and Di live on their Marlborough property, Cowslip Farm, which incorporates all his interests, grapes, olives, forestry, and breeding Shorthorn cattle. He divides his time between painting and writing.