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Experience the ruthlessness of life and adapt to it by realising that in the quest to survive, empowerment is required. Learn that this lifestyle has serious  consequences  for  the  good  and  for  the  bad.  Relentlessly  push forward to get into positions from where top-class military operations are executed which have serious strategic consequences. 


Gets drawn into high profile criminal scenarios such as the RAUTEM murders of Robert Smit and his wife and be tainted by National Intelligence without having any way to prevent it. Just to be followed up by unchallengeable accusations of controlling the attempted coup d’état in the Seychelles. 


Use intrinsic privilege knowledge and contacts to uncannily sway the military system successfully into a new era of Airborne Artillery. Manipulate Army generals and top management to authorise a most challenging and risky military operation with immense strategic impact. 


Challenge God continuously about experiences right from the start through to the last Special Forces operation.

Herman van Niekerk is a Retired South African Special Forces Colonel with a Masters degree in Business Administration. He left the military in 1999 after 27 years service and started his own company which specialized in security related training and development in South Africa and various other countries in Africa. In November 2010 he joined MARITIME RISK SOLUTIONS as Director of Operations and major shareholder, a company which protects vessels at sea against attacks from pirates and other criminals.

371 pages, B5 size.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Spot on!

This is not a war book but rather a description of an individual’s personal growth and honest appraisal of his life. Many, many life lessons in these pages. A must read for any South African.

Born to Storm

After having waited more tha two months for delivery of this book maybe my expectations were to high. My complete respect goes to Colonel Herman van Niekerk, but was expecting more of his operational experiences than those of his sexual exploits. A mixed read but not what I expected.

Born to Storm - Herman van Niekerk

Herman has written an account of his personal and military life in easily understandable soldiers language that few people would not be able to relate to. He shares rare insights into the personalities and internal politics that dominated the SADF at that time and this is probably the first book involving the bush war that provides the reader with such insights into some of the "imperfections" of the SADF and, in particular, South African Special Forces, at that time, based on personal experience. His account is provided in a very "human" manner rather than the usual factual, historical accounts, quite unlike many other books I have read on the bush war. It is an excellent read and I had great difficulty in putting the book down once I had started reading. Well done!

Born to Storm

Excellent book, couldn’t put it down, some very interesting insights