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on 13 May 2014
The simply told story of an incredibly dangerous passage from Zimbabwe to the Philippines. The author tells of his journey without any of the histrionics that might be expected, considering the challenges he met along the way. In truth, he has reduced his trip, which would make a good feature movie, to the almost mundane!
The only criticism I have is that the story is too short! So much detail has been glossed over, leaving the reader wondering ...
A short but enjoyable read.
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on 26 March 2016
This book is written from the point of view of one of the European settlers who in his account fails to mention the Scramble for Africa that took place in the 1930s and saw the African nations divided up by powerful European nations. Under this colonial rule many white Europeans were invited to immigrate the Africa and take over farms that were forcibly stolen from the natives. They then supported laws designed to push out the natives and make them second class citizens in their own country. Of course, no doubt those who benefitted from this invasion such as Clyde would claim that the settlers gave the natives jobs (which they had before the Europeans invaded their land). These jobs were only one level above slavery, and many blacks died while working for their new colonial masters. Clyde then has the cheek to refer to the black liberation fighters as 'terrorists'. No doubt he would also consider Nekson Mandela and Kenyatto a terrorist. The real terrorists are the ones who moved to Africa in the 30s and declared themselves as the superior master race rulers over the native population that was getting along perfectly fine without them. This man is nothing short of a criminal and is now lamenting the fact that blacks have once again regained control of parts of Africa, although the influences of US army bases, IMF and intelligence agencies still continues to hamper much of the progress. I am no fan of that old tyrant Mugabe who is also responsible for bringing Zimbabwe to its knees, but let's not forget that he was introduced to the country via British military coup. What Africa needs are progressive, black leaders that have the ability to use their country's natural resources to benefit the natives of that country, without compromising to Western imperial forces that still work behind the scenes. Sadly, I don't see that happening in my lifetime as there is a lot of corruption from some black African leaders that sold their countries out to Western imperialists, and then on the other side of the coin, you have meddling from the likes of Clyde and similar individuals who see Africa as their personal playground, that should be returned to colonial rule so they can once again design laws to subjugate the black natives and create wealth for the Europeans. Even when you do get a progressive leader as occurred in the Congo in the 60s who promised to return the wealth of the country to the natives, and not the Europeans, he was very quickly assassinated. What a coincidence. Clyde, since as Africa is so corrupt, and you show a disdain for black natives who belong there, why did you not move to a white ruled European country, instead of Burma? Terrible book that omits much of the true history.
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on 18 October 2013
I enjoyed this book and was really amazed at the courage of the author to undertake such a journey as I have travelled the countries mentioned and cannot imagine doing it walking with no money or documents.
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on 16 February 2015
Another heart rendering account of the tragedy of the Rhodesian war. What was considered Eldorado now reduced to ruins and ultimate turmoil for the participants. Book was well written but lacked a lot of detail which would have improved it.

Wonder whether Clyde was a relation to Col A Boyd Sutherland - never mentioned by the author.

Another sad sickening tale of the aftermath for us all.
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on 3 December 2014
This is the author's version of his escape from Zimbabwe to Malaysia in 2005
It's well worth a read and covers his various adventures on the way .
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on 11 May 2015
I find it difficult to believe as I can see some inaccurate items
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on 2 January 2015
Amazing trip which deserves a far more detailed telling.
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on 27 April 2015
Really liked this book
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on 17 February 2015
Fairly interesting
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