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A ruthless killer A bloody and bitter conflictDeep in the arid heart of Zimbabwe Rhodesia's terrorist infested bushveld Chitangwe Base Camp lay dust choked and desolate in the blinding white glare of the African midday sun An exhausted silence hung over everything Chalmers suddenly felt very alone and ill prepared for what he feared might lie aheadLittle could he imagine then just what horrors were about to unfold in the weeks that followed as the chilling cat and mouse conflict escalated with the coming of the rainsWhat happens when Chalmers and his mutinous band of unseasoned soldiers finally come face to face with their ruthless enemy? Can they take on the impossible and still hope to survive? Their gut wrenching struggle to the death forms the nail biting and dramatic climax to this extraordinarily brutal yet ultimately heart warming real life drama The Rhodesian Bush War and the triumph of evilSet in the late 1970s during the long drawn out years of the Bush War A Place Called Charlie Tango paints an unforgettable picture of the unrelenting horror and constant danger that all those who lived here faced each and every day while defending what the rest of the world had abandoned Yet through all the bloodshed fear and intrigue the elemental and starkly beautiful backdrop of the vast African landscape itself shines vividly throughout this compelling autobiographical novel by Charles BeaumontA wonderful and well written bookFull of human touches I found it hard to put down and finished with a sigh of regret An excellent description of what it was really like A great 'historical novel' Successfully captures the beauty the brutality and the paradoxes of that time and placeFurther book details on A Place Called Charlie Tango are currently featured on the Publisher's website wwwpublishingdirectconzA ruthless killer A bloody and bitter conflictDeep in the arid heart of Zimbabwe Rhodesia's terrorist infested bushveld Chitangwe Base Camp lay dust choked and desolate in the blinding white glare of the African midday sun An exhausted silence hung over everything Chalmers suddenly felt very alone and ill prepared for what he feared might lie aheadLittle could he imagine then just what horrors were about to unfold in the weeks that followed as the chilling cat and mouse conflict escalated with the coming of the rainsWhat happens when Chalmers and his mutinous band of unseasoned soldiers finally come face to face with their ruthless enemy? Can they take on the impossible and still hope to survive? Their gut wrenching struggleto the death forms the nail biting and dramatic climax to this extraordinarily brutal yet ultimately heart warming real life drama The Rhodesian Bush War and the triumph of evilSet in the late 1970s during the long drawn out years of the Bush War A Place Called Charlie Tango paints an unforgettable picture of the unrelenting horror and constant danger that all those who lived here faced each and every day while defending what the rest of the world had abandoned Yet through all the bloodshed fear and intrigue the elemental and starkly beautiful backdrop of the vast African landscape itself shines vividly throughout this compelling autobiographical novel by Charles BeaumontA wonderful and well written bookFull of human touches I found it hard to put down and finished with a sigh of regret An excellent description of what it was really like A great 'historical novel' Successfully captures the beauty the brutality and the paradoxes of that time and placeFurther book details on A Place Called Charlie Tango are currently featured on the Publisher's website wwwpublishingdirectconzA ruthless killer A bloody and bitter conflictDeep in the arid heart of Zimbabwe Rhodesia's terrorist infested bushveld Chitangwe Base Camp lay dust choked and desolate in the blinding white glare of the African midday sun An exhausted silence hung over everything Chalmers suddenly felt very alone and ill prepared for what he feared might lie aheadLittle could he imagine then just what horrors were about to unfold in the weeks that followed as the chilling cat and mouse conflict escalated with the coming of the rainsWhat happens when Chalmers and his mutinous band of unseasoned soldiers finally come face to face with their ruthless enemy? Can they take on the impossible and still hope to survive? Their gut wrenching struggleto the death forms the nail biting and dramatic climax to this extraordinarily brutal yet ultimately heart warming real life drama The Rhodesian Bush War and the triumph of evilSet in the late 1970s during the long drawn out years of the Bush War A Place Called Charlie Tango paints an unforgettable picture of the unrelenting horror and constant danger that all those who lived here faced each and every day while defending what the rest of the world had abandoned Yet through all the bloodshed fear and intrigue the elemental and starkly beautiful backdrop of the vast African landscape itself shines vividly throughout this compelling autobiographical novel by Charles BeaumontA wonderful and well written bookFull of human touches I found it hard to put down and finished with a sigh of regret An excellent description of what it was really like A great 'historical novel' Successfully captures the beauty the brutality and the paradoxes of that time and placeFurther book details on A Place Called Charlie Tango are currently featured on the Publisher's website wwwpublishingdirectconz


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    `A Place Called Charlie Tango' skilfully blends fact with fiction in this account of the Bush War as it was fought in a remote part of Rhodesia during the late 1970s It successfully captures the beauty the brutality and the paradoxes of that time and place in a way which is both truthful but also profoundly disturbingThe novel is about a six week tour of duty undertaken by Mike Chalmers at the fictional Intaf base of Chitangwe Intaf the Department of Internal Affairs was responsible for administering the rural regions of Rhodesia it played an important paramilitary role during the war and took many casualties Chitangwe Camp is run down and has been semi abandoned by the Rhodesian authorities who have had to focus resources elsewhere in the military campaign Chalmers finds himself in charge of a couple of dozen black DSA District Security Assistants paramilitaries who are poorly trained and poorly motivated He sets himself the task of turning them into effective fighting menThe area around Chitangwe has been heavily infiltrated by Mugabe's terrorists who commit the most appalling atrocities The leader of the terrorists is the self styled Black Satan who becomes the nemesis of Mike Chalmers and the novel really concerns the struggle between them Chalmers also has to deal with his own conscience on a number of occasions as opportunities for infidelity present themselvesThe book is very coy about where and when the events take place For instance the names of the towns are fictitious and dates always end in 197 rather than a specific year There are some inconsistences with the historical record for instance the massacre of the Elim missionaries and the death of Lord Richard Cecil both occur in the book in December whereas in reality the missionaries were murdered on 23rd June 1978 and Cecil was killed on 20th April 1978 However this does not detract from the novel overall certainly not as much as the author's excessive use of exclamation marksThis is a good book It will appeal to anyone interested in how Rhodesia became Zimbabwe or anyone who likes military adventure stories Although a work of fiction it is based on the sort of events that sadly did happen all too often giving it great plausibility