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Retribution by [Frame, John]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 917 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: New Publications (8 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IC64Z8W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I liked it a lot. Although a novel, most of it is factual and based upon real events and it teaches history as well as entertains. The key focus is on the downing of the Viscount passenger plane "Hunyani" in September 1978 and its aftermath, including the retaliatory raid by the Rhodesians the following month on a terrorist camp in Zambia. Some of the descriptions of military action are quite graphic, bordering on shocking, and I must admit that I learned some things that I wasn't aware of. The author served in the Rhodesian air force, which helps give an air of authenticity to much of it. There are some oddities; for instance, although real people who served in the conflict are present and give narrative (e.g. Jack Malloch, Lieutenant-General Peter Walls, Chris Dixon), a handful of names have been changed. The main one here is the head of the CIO, Ken Flower, who has mysteriously become "Ken Fletcher". There is also a gap in continuity - there is a sub-plot involving a traitor within the upper echelons who is identified but not named, before the thread is completely abandoned. But these are relatively minor points. Recommended and well worth buying.
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Have just finished this book, I found it very moving and interesting as I was there during that period and knew of a few people mentioned.Highly recommended if you are interested in the bush war,well worth the read and tears!
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This is an interesting & well researched addition to the growing body of material available on the Bush war. While far from being a documentary it goes some way towards explaining the social forces at work. The air force sequences in particular are outstanding.
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Having extended family that come from Rhodesia this book was a must read after all the stories I have heard about the bush war and the effect it had on the people living there through these times. John is able to take an important event in the bush war and bring it to life giving an excellent snap shot of life on both sides of the conflict and the collateral damage caused during and after the conflict.

I am not a big reader but Retribution kept me turning the pages and right in the mix of the action.

Highly recommended.
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I can relate to some parts of this story having had the privilege of serving in the RLI and it really does show the complications of the war for both white and black Rhodesians and how the west let them down
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Retribution is fairly well written in small chunks but can be confusing as the storyline is rather haphazard.
Whilst it is acknowledged that the book is fiction, a lot of the 'facts' are genuine but have not been well researched. For instance it refers to Sithole and Mugabe being the leaders of ZANLA in the late 1960's where in fact Mugabe was head of ZANU and only headed ZANLA up in 1979 when Tongogara died who led ZANLA from 1973. Prior to that Chitepo was ZANLA head.
Some of the translations are very suspect to, perhaps the Aussie sun has dulled the authors memories.
The word 'maningi' means plenty or many and is not the word for a white person which actually is 'mukiwa' or possibly 'murungu'.
'Tootsie' as far as I'm aware is the name of a Dustin Hoffman film where Hoffman disguises himself as a women.
The word that the author was looking for meaning a bad person or thug or similar is: 'tsotsi' (pronounced sort-see).
For anyone from that neck of the woods and that era the twisted facts and errors are an annoyance.
Whilst the chapters are mostly dated, the way the story jumps around is semi confusing. So many characters, each with their own chapters, I think even had the author forgetting where he was? For instance: the chapter where Richard is in Libreville to get the name of the spy - one is left hanging and the subject is no longer broached! Did they get the spy?
The same with the Rob & Monique romance - was it or wasn't it? They both thought about it but that is as far as it went.
It did however bring back memories of my former home which the British Labour government were hell bent on destroying with absolutely no thoughts about their loyal white subjects who were left there to rot.
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The narrative started slowly as it weaved its way around the characters, enough of that a stinking good novel, captured me instantly and held me with the main characters. A cracking good novel about a terrible time in Africa
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A balanced account of a cynical period in politics. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that those who need to learn the lessons of this mess will be inclined to read it.
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