Jim Woods writes novels authentically set in South Africa—The Lion Killer, The Outlander, and Gemstone (in work); and short stories, stand-alone and in collections, in worldwide milieus. He has traveled worldwide to some eighty countries, therefore has plenty of exotic locales on file to choose for his next one. Much of his world travel has been for big game hunting; this and his background as editor with Petersen’s Hunting, Guns & Ammo and Guns magazines, frequently brings firearms into play in his stories. He’s been at the muzzle-end of guns too; in Angola as prisoner of ugly mercenary Cubans armed with ugly AK-47s, but that’s another story.
The stories in this eclectic trilogy are unrelated, except for their setting at the end of year holiday season. The first must be saddled with the based on true events disclaimer; the next is related just the way it really happened; and the last story is pure fantasy.
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