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Ian Mackenzie

Ian Mackenzie was born in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa and grew up in Johannesburg. He was educated at Queen’s College in Queenstown and Parktown Boys High in Johannesburg. He studied business administration and accounting and enjoyed success in his early career in the financial industry.

He served with the Rhodesian military from 1975 to 1980 during the hostilities of the bush war and later ran his own business as an administrative consultant.

He has two grown up sons in their 30s and lives with his wife in Johannesburg South Africa.

 

Clouds In The Wind is his first novel

AUTHOR: Ian Mackenzie

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Clouds In The Wind

BOOK TITLE:
Clouds In The Wind
ISBN:
13: 978-1500921644
DATE PUBLISHED:
03/02/2014
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ian Mackenzie was born in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa and grew up in Johannesburg. He was educated at Queen’s College in Queenstown and Parktown Boys High in Johannesburg. He studied business administration and accounting and enjoyed success in his early career in the financial industry.

He served with the Rhodesian military from 1975 to 1980 during the hostilities of the bush war and later ran his own business as an administrative consultant.

He has two grown up sons in their 30s and lives with his wife in Johannesburg South Africa.

 

Clouds In The Wind is his first novel

BOOK DESCRIPTION

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A story set in Rhodesia during the 1970s. They were the best of times and the worst of times. A time of forced political change and the battle to keep things as they were. This powerful, fast moving novel will enthrall as much as it will enlighten. Follow Andrew Mason from his days at an elite South African school, through his rise and fall as an ambitious young financial executive and the tragic events that lead him to the battlefield of the Rhodesian bush war and the beautiful country in which it was fought.

 

 A powerful, passionately told story of danger, love and tragedy.

BOOK REVIEWS

Glynnis McFadden

I chose Clouds in the Wind as a pick up, put down week end read. From page one “put down” did not apply. My plans and “to do” list for that particular week end were reassigned as I settled into the lives of Andy and the people around him. Andrew Mason finds himself catapulted from his corporate job and the prospect of a boring suburban lifestyle through a series of twists of fate to fighting in the brutal and futile Rhodesian bush war. Andy loses everything he loves, except his life, and his very tattered and deflated sprit. I live in Africa, and having lived the through the era myself, there was a certain amount of familiarity for me, and I knew that this was a story told by someone who had lived through the events, not merely observed or researched them. Although fictitious, the characters are examples of events in the lives of real people who lived through that war. This savage conflict ended with no real winners, and resulted in the Zimbabwe of today.This hard hitting, no holds barred story is horrific and gruesome in places, but exposes the reality of this awful conflict. Mackenzie is an artist with language, and the sights, sounds and smells leap out from the pages to assault the senses. Like tumulus and angry clouds dispersed by the wind, the war ended with the Lancaster House agreement. Clear skies emerged, but the consequences of storm were yet to be dealt with. The end of the story cries out for a sequel. I for one cannot wait to continue Andy’s journey, as the winds once again blow, and the clouds gather

Meagan Rees

Clouds in the Wind" by Ian Mackenzie captures the complexities, political agendas, conflict, emotions and aspirations of a country and her people caught in the winds of change that were blowing across Africa in the second half of the twentieth century. I have read very little about the Rhodesian Bush War - a civil war in the 1970s (with roots in predominantly civil unrest in the 1960s) involving three forces, namely the Rhodesian government's Security Forces (under Prime Minister Ian Smith) and two rival factions: Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African Liberation Army (ZANLA) and Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU). Rhodesia (or Zimbabwe as it became known), a former British colony, was under white minority rule. Some observers have distilled simply and stereotypically that the Rhodesian Bush War was about African nationalist groups fighting against a white minority regime for majority governance and democracy. For such observers, "Clouds in the Wind" will not only reveal the deep complexities surrounding the Bush War but it will also at times be an inconvenient truth - especially when read against the backdrop of the current situation in Zimbabwe. Mackenzie narrates his novel through the eyes and experiences of a young South African man, Andrew Mason, who gets drawn into the Rhodesian Security Forces through a series of coincidences and personal tragedies. The novel captures human costs of the conflict as well as the intensity and violence of the guerrilla war itself which took place in a landscape of butterfly-leafed Mopane trees, rippling bushveld, tropical flowers and wide, orange skies. It was also a landscape of inequality, competing ideologies, fears and opposing political ambitions. "Clouds in the Wind" is a refreshing and original narrative. Descriptions are beautiful, vivid, raw, at times dark, and real: undoubtedly inspired by the author's own experiences in the Rhodesian military. It is a compelling and poignant voice from a seemingly forgotten and bloody conflict.

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