My Friend the Mercenary: A Memoir by James Brabazon

By James Brabazon

James Brabazon, a warfare reporter and filmmaker, was once already a veteran of many clash zones through his early thirties. So while he used to be provided an particular chance to file from Liberia, stuck up in a vicious civil warfare, it proved too tempting to show down. He had to take a bodyguard, somebody with robust wisdom of the zone and, extra importantly, a person with a gun slung over his shoulder. James employed Nick du Toit, a former South African soldier and mercenary commander, to steer him into the bloody international of Liberia's rebels. in the course of their time jointly, James and Nick slowly shaped an not likely friendship, cast in the course of sizzling days lower than unrelenting gunfire. Narrowly surviving the harrowing adventure, James again to the quieter, saner confines of his lifestyles in London. yet just a couple of months later he came upon himself again with Nick in a fly-blown bar in West Africa plotting one other, even more harmful journey— this time to the center of Equatorial Guinea. Nick's challenge: to overthrow the govt. of this tiny country fabulously wealthy in oil.

My pal the Mercenary is an exploration of the mercenary fable and a bankruptcy within the tale of contemporary Africa. it's a brutally sincere and undeniably human account of a trip into the guts of what it takes to be a chum, a survivor and a journalist within the morally corrosive crucible of struggle.

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