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."