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Ian MacKenzie This book is hot off the press and as yet not available to view. It will be available in Paper Back, Hard cover and as an e.Book. A gripping story filled with action, history, romance and intrigue.


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Ian MacKenzie Ian Mackenzie
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Ian Mackenzie's Clouds In The Wind
CLOUDS IN THE WIND – REVIEW
‘A REFRESHING AND ORIGINAL STORY. A COMPELLING AND POIGNANT VOICE FROM A SEEMINGLY FORGOTTEN AND BLOODY CONFLICT.’

“Clouds in the Wind” by Ian Mackenzie captures the complexities, political agendas, conflict, emotions and aspirations of a country and her people caught in the winds of change that were blowing across Africa in the second half of the twentieth century.

I have read very little about the Rhodesian Bush War – a civil war in the 1970s (with roots in predominantly civil unrest in the 1960s) involving three forces, namely the Rhodesian government’s Security Forces (under Prime Minister Ian Smith) and two rival factions: Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African Liberation Army (ZANLA) and Joshua Nkomo’s Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU).

Rhodesia (or Zimbabwe as it became known), a former British colony, was under white minority rule. Some observers have distilled simply and stereotypically that the Rhodesian Bush War was about African nationalist groups fighting courageously against a racist white minority regime for majority governance and democracy.

For such observers, “Clouds in the Wind” will not only reveal the deep complexities surrounding the Bush War but it will also at times be an inconvenient truth – especially when read against the backdrop of the current situation in Zimbabwe.

Mackenzie narrates his novel through the eyes and experiences of a young South African man, Andrew Mason, who gets drawn into the Rhodesian Security Forces through a series of coincidences and personal tragedies. The novel captures human costs of the conflict as well as the intensity and violence of the guerrilla war itself which took place in a landscape of butterfly-leafed Mopane trees, rippling bushveld, tropical flowers and wide, orange skies. It was also a landscape of inequality, competing ideologies, fears and opposing political ambitions.

“Clouds in the Wind” is a refreshing and original narrative. Descriptions are beautiful, vivid, raw, at times dark, and real: undoubtedly inspired by the author’s own experiences in the Rhodesian military. It is a compelling and poignant voice from a seemingly forgotten and bloody conflict.

Meagan Rees
Knowledge & Advocacy Specialist
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message 3: by Rose (new)

Rose Mackenzie A read that nobody should miss.. This heartfelt novel will simply take your breath away


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