Africa is a changing continent. The black natives are vying for their social and economic freedom, British officials are trying to contain the situation without the slightest idea of what things are really like there. Andy's troubled life seems to be a mirror of the troubled times in Africa, where racial and class issues are boiling over into conflict and rebellion. Can he save his marriage and find himself amidst these troubled times?
The descriptions can be beautiful and create a picturesque scene, but the ugly sides to the country are never far from mind. The characters are fairly well written. You get a sense of their motivations, and for major characters you know more about their pasts and how they were raised, which has helped shape them. The book tried not to pull punches when discussing sex, and contains strong language and a few scenes of violence. Definitely intended for older readers. What I liked was that this book set its backdrop as Africa during the 60s-80s, an often overlooked time and place in fiction.
At one point a man named Jed goes on for several pages about the problems in Africa, and while it is a (probably still fairly condensed way of getting the reader up to speed with what's happening and one viewpoint on it, it's still not that engaging to read. I did notice some things that could be cleared up with another round of editing, like missing punctuation. Aside from those few instances everything looked nice and neat.
**Amazon - May 10, 2014**
Take a journey along side main character, Andrew Mason, a financial executive who, because of unforeseen circumstances deviates from his path of success and tranquility into an all out Rhodesian bush war. It is here that he realizes the dangers of what it truly means to be a soldier. He becomes decorated and then meets his sole mate, Alyson Carstens who is the daughter of upper class wealthy parents. No spoilers but there are more to this story that meets the eye and the twists will keep you on the edge of your seat. All I can say is the ending is what took my breath away and left me with a longing desire to want more. I was saddened to see it come to an end. Words that describe this book are, Descriptive, Emotional, Romantic, Adventurous, Action, and Suspenseful in an original unique way that was well written.
**Amazon - April 17, 2014**
Wonderful novel - read in two sittings - and a reminder of the beautiful Rhodesia/Zimbabwe landscape, birdlife and wildlife and the destruction of families (on both sides) of the war. Vividly describes various people's experience of the war and gives insight into circumstances surrounding it .
** Reader Warehouse - 8/25/2014 **