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Congo '63 [Paperback]

J A Dunbar
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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Janus Publishing Co (1 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857566114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857566116
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,781,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beginning in 1963, this fascinating story follows the fortunes of Donovan 'Mac' Mackay as he emerges from the end of schooling. He is initiated into manhood when he becomes a mercenary recruited by a logging company to protect their interests in the Congo. They wish to extract hardwood timber from the forests before everything descends into chaos. His grandfather, on hearing a news item appealing for men in South Africa to volunteer their services, encourages him to seize the opportunity. Mac's prospects look bleak after his expulsion from school following a brawl. He considers making a go of the farm, where his grandparents struggle to scrape a living from the poor land, but finally decides to seek adventure and possible fortune as his only chance to save the farm. Nothing could prepare him for the brutality and horror of the situation into which he is thrown. Together with the motley collection of men in his unit, Mac faces the formidable force of the Teng warriors and their Mongu brothers. These warriors are being exploited but are backed politically and financially by foreign powers who want to de-stabilise the area.

There is witchcraft involved and he becomes increasingly uneasy about his role, because he is aware that these tribesmen are actually protecting their forest. They only wish to live their lives in peace. However, he has been drawn in and finds himself becoming hardened to the killing. As the story unfolds, Mac and his unit are ordered to rescue Catholic nuns from a Mission hospital which is being attacked by the Mongu Teng warriors. During all this turmoil, he strikes up a relationship with a beautiful young nun, 'Sister' Lily. As his contract comes to an end, his mind is full of questions about the future. He has lost touch with his family and friends at home. It seems he also has been exploited. What are the prospects when he returns to the farm? What role will Lily play in this future he is so unsure about? Can he trust her to keep faith in him?

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I read this book following a review in the South Africa Times promising a "gut-wrenching, rollercoaster of action and intrigue that will make your heart race and leave you breathless" and it certainly lived up to the billing.

Within a couple of chapters the absorbing story combined with the author's direct and effective writing style had me hooked. The story proceeds apace and has a cinematic feel.

The author successfully combines a gripping plot with an insight into the exploitation and violence which has scarred this turbulent region. It is an exciting and enthralling story set in a chapter of history the western world would prefer to forget and it comes highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Congo '63 2 Mar 2008
I bought this book as I wanted something to read that is related to African merceneries.
I found this book a gripping read and intriguing. It is explains the brutality and the horror of the Congo that was faced. However, those involved were not forced to go to the Congo and appeared to be driven by some financial gain, the author also admits to this.
A very good read! You won't be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Congo '63 5 Oct 2006
I bought this book on the spur of the moment and was not disappointed.

The author has managed to capture how the explotation of Africa's people and resources has led to the senseless wars and violence that occur there up till today.

I base this opinion on having resided in Africa for 37 years of which 18 was spent in the services.

Is this story based on actual personal experince???????
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5.0 out of 5 stars Six Months Of Madness 9 April 2014
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If your are at all interested in "mercenary" action in the Congo during the sixties, then this book is a must! It differs slightly in that the men are hired by a logging company to protect the workers, but the story is fantastic. A tight read with no wasted space and no Rambos'. Horror, sadness, fear and the macabre. Here comes the cliché: I couldn't put the book down.... and I didn't. The book that sent me in this direction was "Mad Dog Killers" by Ivan Smith, another excellent read. Yeah, the Hoare books as well.
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