The Smoke That Thunders by Paul Zunckel

Piet fights the mighty Zambezi river to save the child he saved once before.

The smoke that thunders


Piet and Peggy, along with their infant daughter, Heather, are about to have a guest at their safari camp home...Taking care of their friends’ daughter for a few days will be easy. Piet, the rough and tough safari owner, has been Uncle Piet to little Debi since the day he brought her safely from the wreckage of the plane that killed her parents.  

As thunder rolls across the African sky, sending out a warning to those who would care to take heed, the mighty Zambezi River moves forward like a bulldozer, with nothing to hold it back... Can Piet save the child from the raging waters of the Mighty Zambezi before she crashes over the falls and to the tumbled waters and wicked rocks below?

Genre: FICTION / Action & Adventure

Secondary Genre: FICTION / Short Stories (single author)

Language: English


Word Count: 5,000

Sales info:

As book cycles out of Kindle Select (in English) we expect sales across the board to coincide with Mr. Zunckel's fabulous series and his strong promotional contributions.

Sample text:

The Smoke That Thunders

A Piet van Zyl Adventure short story

by Paul Zunckel


One Thousand Five Hundred meters above sea level in the Mwinilunga District, very close to the border where Zambia, Angola, and the Congo meet, lies the source of the mighty Zambezi River. The thunderheads tower up into the sky, darkening the land below them. Lightning flashes across the darkened sky as if heaven itself is taking photos. The wind picks up into a gale force, causing the creatures of the wild to scatter and flee for shelter and safety as the thunder rolls out its warning in ominous tones. Lightning stabs down at the ground below and the gates are opened as heavy rain is let loose on the earth below, drowning out any sound.

The mighty Zambezi accepts the offering, and the slow sluggish movement of the river slowly changes until the flow is like a train leaving a station, gradually picking up momentum as the flood waters start to rise, tearing trees and bushes from their roots and pitching them into the dark boiling waters as it starts its journey down, rushing into Angola. Churning into Zambia under the cover of darkness, the mighty river turns the Cholwezi Rapids and Chavuma Falls into raging white water as it continues its downward journey towards the Victoria Falls and the unsuspecting people of the Zambezi Valley.

Lightning splits the sky in two. Thunder rolls across the heavens and the rains hammer down on the ground below. Small streams are turned into rivers. The mighty Zambezi River is turned into a raging torrent as the power of Mother Nature takes hold. 


Book translation status:

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Already translated. Translated by Liezl Dreyer
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Already translated. Translated by Guillermo Alberto Cervantes Vindiola
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