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Publisher's Summary

It is difficult to find another soldier's story to equal Captain Darrell Watt's in terms of time spent on the field of battle and challenges faced. Even by the lofty standards of the SAS and Special Forces, one has to look far to find anyone who can match his record of resilience and valor in the face of such daunting odds and with resources so paltry.

In the fight, he showed himself to be a military maestro. A bush-lore genius, blessed with uncanny instincts and an unbridled determination to close with the enemy, he had no peers as a combat-tracker (and there was plenty of competition). But the Rhodesian theater was a fluid and volatile one in which he performed in almost every imaginable fighting role.

After 12 years in the cauldron of war, his cause slipped from beneath him, and Rhodesia gave way to Zimbabwe. When the guns went quiet, Watt had won all his battles but lost the war. In this fascinating biography, we learn that in his twilight years, he is now concerned with saving wildlife on a continent where they are in continued danger and devoting himself to both the fauna and African people he cares so deeply about.

©2015 Hannes Wessels (P)2017 Tantor

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A Handful of Great Stories

This was an excellent conglomeration of stories from the Rhodesian SAS. Narration, not so lively.

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Fantastic Story- Title says it all... Hard Men

What a story! The book is not for the lighthearted. Tells the story from the perspective of the Rhodesian SAS, which some may find objectionable philosophically, and in deed. However, it also reveals the other side of the events-- the complicity of neighbors, the role of South Africa, Cuba, the Soviet Union and the UK/US/UN. Like the sinking of the Titanic we know the ending, but with a continuing vengeful twist not envisioned by the world players.

As the book progressed I grew accustomed to the narrator's slow reading and lack of inflection.

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Exceptional story telling

Loved the book. It goes into very good detail which keeps you hooked. Sad story about how a country was sold out by the Brits, shame on Thatcher, kerrington and the rest of the vile Brits.

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A story more people need to hear....

Outstanding narrative and very clear narrator. A compelling story from a perspective I was not fully aware of. Must read!

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Inspirational story of what can be achieved by individuals and small teams against the odds.

I would have preferred a less posturing performance however the story was astounding. Bravery, discipline, resilience and true love of country which does not necessitate hate of others. A story for us, our children and for all country leaders.

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  • Kendo nagassaki
  • 12-12-17

excellent

a jungle war classic..from someone who knows
a much unreported war. .a lot of people would be alive if they had been allowed to succeed

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  • andrew barlow
  • 12-11-17

great listening

this is a fabulous story let down by some really lame pronunciations, still recommend it as a must listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-16-17

Good book boring narrator

Overall I enjoyed the book but did struggle to stay focused because the narrators voice was so dull

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-17

Excellent insight

Excellent insight into a fascinating bit of history and some very brave and professional soldiers.

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  • Martin Wilson
  • 09-13-17

Africa the political playground for the West

Great story, a fight for a cause a struggle of insurmountable odds, the destruction of society for the sake of Western domestic favour - a band of brothers fighting on their soil for the sake of their homes and way of life victorious on the battlefield defeated by politicians

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  • Clive Roberts
  • 11-27-17

finally a story captured so eloquently.

a narrative through the Rhodesian war period well documented. Captured through the journey by a true War hero.
just a shame the publishers couldn't get a narrator who could pronounce the names and places correctly.

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  • Brodie Keating
  • 01-14-18

Excellent story, average performance

Whilst I found the story an amazing account of bravery and sacrifice, the performance is slow. If you buy this audio book you can overcome this by placing it on 1.25 speed. It will then become bearable.

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  • Keagan
  • 01-11-18

Amazing and sad story of my home.

I wish they had gotten a Rhodesian /Zimbabwean to read this. Mispronunciation was distracting seeing as I know how it should have been. Having said that, if you don't know any better then the narrator was pretty good.

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  • harry
  • 11-24-17

Buy the book instead

For me, this is an important book. I grew up in Kenya while this was going on and followed the events closely.
I can’t understand why an American was chosen to narrate the book and particularly this one. He sounds like he’s smoked dope all his life, his voice is extremely annoying, I listen to the audiobook with great difficulty.

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