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  • By Greer Noble
    Jun 9, 2013
    This book has the gravitational effect of a roller-coaster. Intermittent highs and lows keep the pages turning, with excitement building to a crescendo until the thrill of the descent leaves one suspended in animated anticipation of the next move. But all along the author is in no hurry. Deliberate in his prose he writes what he means and from his heart. The book has the quality of easy old world charm and the hero, Tom, a deep understanding for the life that the intricate carpet of destiny has rolled out for him and his loved ones. The storyline seems to follow a true life pattern. I was totally absorbed and at one with Tom, the young white settler, through that stressful period of the Rhodesian bush war. The bravery, the courage, often chilling, his selflessness as leader of his Police Anti Terrorist Unit (PATU stick) inspiring, conscious every waking moment of the safety of his men, both black and white. Their lives perpetually interrupted to seek out the evil, an evasive yet... More > persistent enemy, a fearless and brutal adversary. Mamba, as he aptly named himself after that most aggressive and venomous of African snakes, systematically and without conscience, slid in and out of the country targeting innocent white farmers trying to eke out an honest living. A path of maiming, rape and murder, terrorising villagers wherever he passed. I've read many non-fiction books, memoirs and autobiographies about life before, during and after the Rhodesian bush war and all have a great deal to offer but I have not read any whose authors so aptly capture the very essence of the small yet significant and most crucial part that PATU played during that unrelenting war, as this author does. His knowledge of surveillance and contact is remarkable and the way in which he engages his reader in being privy to every detail is captivating. From being distracted by a twig snapping in the bush, to being startled by the sudden flight of a bird disturbed.. and all the while one can almost taste the salty sweat of the men not daring to move as the tension mounts. Finally the build up to, and the farm attacks themselves renders one smouldering. I do believe Black Mamba White Settler has the makings of a film as thrilling as The Wild Geese and as shocking as The Last King of Scotland. While this book deserves a good four stars, with the right editing it would easily rate five stars. It is not only well worth a read but is a real eye-opener too!< Less
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First Edition
Ken Tilbury
February 5, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.2 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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