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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Silverling Inspired; 2nd edition edition (Sept. 17 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956561411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956561411
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,276,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tony Maxwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 24 2011
Format: Paperback
Conrad K's book, In the Shadow of the Tokolosh, is a painful reminder of how it all began; how the hopes and dreams of a small country were dashed on the alter of expediency and political correctness.
The story is a skillful blend of fact and, presumably, fiction; though the descriptions of the bush war are indeed very realistic.
Like other reviewers, I too was sorry when I had finished reading it.
Can't recommend In the Shadow of the Tokolosh enough. It's a brilliant read.In the Shadow of the Tokolosh
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very well written and the author personalized ALL people in Rhodesia Feb. 17 2012
By Karen Lynne Howard - Published on
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I loved this tender, sad book and learned a lot. If you like it you may also like My Traitor's Heart set in South Africa at the same time which also broke my heart for many of the same reasons. It is not available on Kindle though.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
In The Shadow of The Tokolosh Sept. 9 2011
By R.G Tarr - Published on
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In The Shadow of The Tokolosh
This novel will be many things to many people, particularly .Those of Pioneer Stock ,and those who spent 6 months of the year "in" and 6 months "out", for the better part of 14 years in The Bush War .
They will all be able to identify with these images because that is the life they lived. But, the genius of this little book is its portrayal of the unspeakable .The great divide between the civilised, democratic ideals of the European (white man's ) world ,and the bankrupt ,prehistoric world of those who would see themselves as the eternal victims of humanity ,the indigenous people.

Perhaps naively it tries to explain why?
It tells of how, in spite of huge differences, lasting friendships, based on trust ,occasionally did develop.

50 Years ago The Western Powers abandoned African and left their own "Kith& Kin" to fight for their lives or get the hell out of there . The Belgians were a particularly gruesome example of that.
In doing so, they supported the new breed of black dictator, Mabutu , Amin, Bokassa ,Mugabe and all the other soon proved the point that there are "none so blind as those who will not see".

The new elite had been nurtured and weaned on a diet of The Tokolosh . Notwithstanding some pretentions to religion. These were the children of the Tokolosh .Brutal primitive killers ,with no morals of ethics, other than to serve the disciples of fear.

The high priests of this insidious prehistoric abomination are the witchdoctors .The story describes some horrific scenes that we all know are real, but are not supposed to talk about " it's not PC you know".

The western powers had installed a bunch of kleptomaniacs who would subvert all before them simply because they were given the power to do so. But, here's the thing , thing's got even worse since then . All the inherited capital has been used and abused.

It has done more harm to the African people, than all the frantic , greedy development of the Colonials , and has left the aid agencies and non governmental organisations literally holding the starving babies.

Why focus on Somalia ?
The Belgians Congo is a humanitarian apocalypse ,and those organizations have been feeding Mugabe's Zimbabwe ,the former bread basket of Central Africa ,for 30years for godsake!

One cannot be PC ,or in denial about things like that ............. WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant Book Dec 1 2010
By Melissa Andrews - Published on
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Just finished reading this book, for someone who grew up during this time, it brought back a lot of memories. The writing keeps you interested the whole way through. It was a fantastic read, loved every word. It's one of those books that you can't stop turning the pages and yet you're really sad when you get to the end so fast.... damn! should have made it last a little longer!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very good story. June 23 2013
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I enjoyed the adventures described. Brought back a lot of my own memories, growing up in Africa. Pity Zim has gone to the dogs!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful read March 25 2013
By Bookworm - Published on
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Really enjoyed this book. We all have our memories but not many of us could put them into a novel so enjoyed by others. I was also from Zim so I can really relate to this tale, his descriptions of his childhood are fantastic, took me back in time.