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This book deals in no timid way with the horrors and problems of Mau Mau.
This is a novel depicting men and women, most of them reared in quiet British homes, whose destiny it became to keep up the façade of the same life in the terrifying, sinister atmosphere of Kenya at the time of the of the Mau Mau.
Sandy was engaged in operations against this murderous brotherhood and has created an unforgettable picture of the initiation ceremonies and organization of terror and death by which they tried to oust the settlers. There is a plot—and a good and exciting one at that, but what will most impress the reader is Sandy’s extraordinary knack of being able to recreate an atmosphere of foreboding and terror which he has observed with his own eyes, against a superb natural setting, in terms which will bring i home to the reader far more vividly than any straight piece of reporting could ever do.
About the Author
Twice wounded in action, four times decorated for bravery, W.B. "Sandy" Thomas became, aged 24, the youngest commander of a New Zealand infantry battalion at war.
He experienced the Battle of Britain, the fighting withdrawal from Greece and defiant stand in Crete, the successful battles for North Africa and hard campaigning in Italy; he then led a New Zealand battalion in the Occupation Forces in Japan.
Transferring to the British Regular Army, he fought the Mau Mau in Kenya, the communists in Malaya and terrorists in Yemen, interspersed with postings to the European zone of Cold War confrontation. Rising steadily though the ranks, he commanded a British division before closing his military career as the last Commander of Far East Land Forces in Singapore.
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Comments about Mask of Evil & the Black Trees:
This book is fiction but is obviously written by someone who lived through the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya in the 1950s and 1960s. That is the case. The author is Sandy Thomas who escaped from a German POW camp in Greece. (Booktopia sell this book as well.) After the war he moved from the NZ army to the British army and served in Kenya, Malaya and several other places. He is now retired and in his 80s and lives in Queensland. The story describes graphically some of the oaths and terror carried out by the Mau Mau and weaves an exciting story around it. And, of course, there is romance as well! The front of the book says that it was published in 2006 but the sometimes quaint English says to me that it must have been first published a long time ago.
Number Of Pages: 297
Published: 1st January 2006
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 18.5 x 12.5 x 1.500