Title: Off The eagle’s Claws
Author: - Temba Magorimbo,
Publisher: - CreateSpace.
Off the Eagle's Claw is the story of one white man’s fight against the odds from the days of Rhodesia to independence in an African ruled dimension. He fought and survived the Rhodesian bush war from the losing end as a Caucasian soldier. His friend and confidante is an aircraft pilot dodging the anti aircraft bullets and rockets launched by the nationalist guerrillas fighting a war against the might of Rhodesia. They are forced to fight a rear guard action as the nationalist gain a foothold and ground against the dwindling ranks of the Rhodesian professional soldier. Besides the war, after peace, Mark Rainger takes to the bush for solace retreating from the media spotlight ferrying truckloads of tourists and walking them into lion territory. That is until he meets a woman by the name of Rosemary, unfortunately she is married. His attempt at love fails as he ends up being blackmailed for his affairs in the war and with Rosemary. How does a bachelor in his late 30’s survive in the new black ruled country where every upstart politician takes a swipe at the ex-Rhodesians?
Meet the Author:
Temba Magorimbo was born on a Tuesday on 9 August 1966 in Gwelo (then) of a British South African Police constable and his housewife. He attended junior schools at Bumburwi Primary School (Old Mkoba) and Senga Primary School (Senga) all in Gweru from 1973 to 1979. He proceeded to do his secondary education at Nashville High School (briefly) and Ascot Secondary School from 1980 to 1983. He is married to Itayi and has two daughters.
"This book became my first fiction project to be profiled, composed and done on soft copy. Before then I used to write in long hand in ruled exercise books mostly 80-page feint and margin that I procured from Gweru‘s main stationery supplier, Mambo Bookshop, Seventh Street opposite the then Gweru Main Post Office. Because the sales people packed them in khaki bags, it was cheaper to use the bags to cover the exercise books. Thus, I bought them, one at a time to get free covers! Several would be tied together to make a manuscript. Then I graduated to the typewriter. There I typed my work on a Hermes baby portable or a workplace typewriter. This is technology. I don’t know if this means I should throw away the notebook, pen, pencil, eraser, ruler and pencil sharpener."
This story is one man's plight to reconcile between his life as a soldier fighting against guerrilla soldiers in the Rhodesian war and fighting a larger war with his heart.
After the war Mark becomes a world renowned tour guide taking his clients on the most memorable bush experiences in the wilds of Africa. It is through this job that he first meets Rosemary. They start a very complicated relationships that spans over years. Rosemary insists that he finds a nice girl and settles down, all in hope of Mark finding the happiness he deserves.
He soon meets Helena, she is young and sweet. They share a chemistry that soon has Mark considering marriage. While he struggles to let go of his feelings towards Rosemary, he finally takes the plunge and asks Helena to marry him. Much to his dismay, Mark finds that Helena too has secrets.
Mark becomes jaded and it is not until much later that the truth is revealed. It is then that Mark can have the life he has always aspired to have!
A powerful story of struggles that the people of Africa still face, a story that has humbled me to appreciate the very simple life I have.
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