“Brabazon’s searing narrative captures both the allure of warthe rush of danger, the deep camaraderie, the get-rich-quick miragesand its brutal realities. It’s both a seductive paean to and a harsh exposé of the mercenary ethos that fattens off of Africa’s travails.” Publishers Weekly
In February 2002, British journalist James Brabazon set out to travel with guerrilla forces into Liberia
to show the world what was happening in that war-torn country. To protect him, he hired Nick du Toit, a former South African Defence Force soldier who had fought in conflicts across Africa
for over three decades. What follows is an incredible behind-the-scenes account of the Liberian rebelsknown as the LURDas they attempt to seize control of the country from government troops led by President Charles Taylor. Brabazon’s friendship with Nick opens a door to a dangerous world of mercenaries, spies, and violent regime change. In this gripping narrative, Brabazon paints a brilliant portrait of the chaos that tore West Africa
apart: nations run by warlords and kleptocrats, rebels fighting to displace them, ordinary people caught in the crossfireand everywhere adventurers and mercenaries operating in war’s dark shadows.