Charles Forrester is born into a dysfunctional family in Southern Rhodesia. He grows up in a close relationship with wildlife, and the changing world around him. He becomes involved with the terrorist war, where solving problems, by killing, becomes normal.
When he gets expelled, after the regime change in 1980, he continues his unbalanced life, until he has the chance to kill the President of Zimbabwe that was Rhodesia. This is the first of two books, which maps his life, and the beginnings of his awareness of life after death, regression and soul searching; and his understanding that animals may be more perceptive than we think.
Charles travels the back roads of Rhodesia by ox wagon and by motorcycle, the skies of Africa in light aircraft, and the Oceans in an old wooden cruising yacht. His journeys take him from the bush trails of the Zambezi Valley, to the wine routes of the Cape, and the streets of New York, from haunted seas to smuggler's ports.
He pilots arms dealers' cargo aircraft;
kills without compunction;
yet is enthralled by the beauty of a butterfly.
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The poem on the front cover of the book features these lines:
THE VICTIMS OF PAST BECOME KILLERS OF NOW,
THEIR SONS AND THEIR DAUGHTERS MAKE SABRE FROM PLOUGH.
THEY RETURN TO WREAK VENGENCE WITH BOMBS SUICIDE,
BACK TO KILL THOSE WHO ON THEN VIOLENCE PLIED.
This is an extract from a poem I wrote about Oradour sur Glane, a village in France where the entire population was killed in reprisal by the Nazis on June 10 1944.
These wheels of retribution continually turn.About the Author:
Chris Higginson was born in Southern Rhodesia during the closing stages of the Second World War. He grew up on a tobacco farm, and in boarding school. He became a pilot, and has flown most of the world, from bush strips in Africa in small aircraft, to International Airports in large jets. He has sailed the oceans with his wife and children, lived and worked in numerous countries, and has had a varied career in and out of aviation. He has been a cattle auctioneer, soldier, pilot, financial adviser, video photographer, boat builder and International Yachtsman, among other things. He is married, and has six children. He presently lives in France.
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