I was given this amongst a pile of other books and it's taken me a while to get around to reading it. I think I chose this over some of the others simply because of the name. "Gold Mine" sounds a little industrial as if technology is going to get mentioned. It does, a good dose of geology and the gold mining process with a few adventures thrown in. I say few adventures because the story covers several key characters. The hero, and his rise to running the company. The hero's lover, who happens to be the wife of the villain. The villain, who gradually develops into the villain from being simply powerful but strange. The other hero who saves the day but loses his life, The greedy villain(s) who cause the suffering of many due to their greed. I haven't mentioned a handful of other characters that set the scene and who are as good and bad as you find in every day life. Having chose this book, I'd be quite comfortably choosing to read another Wilbur Smith novel.