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This is a fascinating story which started 15 years ago when the author responded to a newspaper advertisement from one Joe Brooks, seeking a fellow adventurer to take part in what seemed to be a crazy venture: a 15,000 kilometer trip across the continent of South America-by pane, train, on foot and by canoe. Together, the two men travelled through the ancient ruins of long lost civilizations, over the snow-capped Andes Mountains, and into the rainforests of the Amazon. Their six-month journey into the unknown took the two through some of the remotest and wilders regions on the face of our planet. Their capture by Indians deep in the jungle of Brazil-and their subsequent release after a police raid on the Indian village-made international headlines, but that was only a part of the author's incredible adventures. This autobiographical work will also take you on an action-packed trip to the war-torn regions of Angola, Iraq, and Afghanistan-but ultimately it is a story about extraordinary events happening to ordinary people

Paperback, 224 pages, colour photos.

Foreword by Eeben Barlow, a former South African Defence Force Lieutenant-Colonel. He saw active service in conventional, clandestine and covert units of the SADF. He was also the founder of the Private Military Company (PMC) Executive Outcomes in 1989 and trained SADF Special Forces in Covert Operations.

 About the Author:

Johan Dempers joined the SADF as a National Serviceman in 1987 and served in Operation Hooper, and later as a member of the Cape Town Highlanders. With a military background he also worked for Executive Outcomes and several security related companies in foreign hostile locations. He was nearly killed in an incident on the border between Iraq & Kuwait in December 2005 and spent 2 months in a coma before he started his recovery & had to learn to walk again. A year later he was back in service in Afghanistan.

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Dr Louw Pieterse (PhD, DTh) Paarl, South Africa wrote:

Journey Through Many Worlds is a rare find amongst books of this genre. As the author states
“…the act of putting it on paper resulted in an even greater discovery…”
From the first paragraphs the reader is drawn into this journey, and in the end you realise
that you were made part of the journey, a participant, the silent observer. Being drawn into
the journey exposes the reader to discover the personal traits such as resilience,
commitment, agility and perseverance required to successfully overcome the adversity, to
survive unplanned crisises that unfolds as the adventurer keeps moving towards the journey’s
end.
An end, that in some of the worlds, leave the adventurer/traveler with permanent physical
scars that would raise the bar to achieve success in further journeys. No two worlds can be
more diverse than the Amazon and Iraq and yet the personal traits required remains
unchanged.
The unique writing style made me part of these journeys, but shielded me from the effect
and consequences of them, made me part of the success without paying the price. In the end
I experienced a new motivation and sharper focus of the personal traits required to
successfully reach my own objectives as I venture on my selected journeys through the many
worlds. This time there has been and will be more scars, the price to pay will be for my own
account and maybe one day, I could be amongst the “rare breed” of adventurers, those who
“appreciate and use the many opportunities that are offered, that soon shall come to pass,
that live for the moment but keeping the future in mind.”
As someone once wrote, “I picked up the book, felt its weight and begun to read.”
When I put it down nothing was the same anymore. Things changed and because I have read
it, I am not the same anymore.
Dr Louw Pieterse (PhD, DTh)
Paarl, South Africa