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Black Mamba White Settler
by Ken Tilbury (Goodreads Author)
This moving, action-packed story is of betrayal, war, hate and vengeance. And of loyalty, love and friendship. Farmers and their families and workers after the horrors of the 'Bush War' in Rhodesia now have to struggle for survival in Zimbabwe as land seizures threaten the lives of thousands of people. Many are tortured, raped and murdered while government sponsored thugs ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 263 pages
Published August 22nd 2011 by Lulu
(first published January 18th 2011)
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Ken Tilbury’s new book, ‘Black Mamba White Settler’ is a superbly executed piece of work. I found it thoroughly engrossing. He has used his own experiences as the basis for the book from a boyhood in Swaziland through various moves around the southern African sub-continent, dictated as much by an ambition to have his own farm as by the uncertainty of living through the Rhodesian ‘Bush War’ and worse. He also lived through the repossessions of farm land in Zimbabwe after 1980, finally having to r ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Greer Noble rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Grew up in Swaziland. Learned the language and culture of the Swazi's. After leaving school worked as a ranch hand and hunter on a cattle ranch before joining the BSA Police in Rhodesia. Was involved in riots and unrest as the struggle for independence began. Left the police force to grow tobacco and later sugar in the Lowveld. Member of the Police Anti Terrorist Unit for 12 years during the 'Bush ...moreMore about Ken Tilbury...