Eric the Brave

Eric the Brave is a war novel on the bush war in North Namibia and Angola.
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Title: Eric the Brave
Author: Johan Vlok Louw
Genre: Fiktion
Publisher: Random House Struik
Imprint: Umuzi
Cape Town, South Africa 2012
ISBN 9781415200759 / ISBN 978-1-4152-0075-9
Softcover, 15 x 22 cm, 176 pages


Eric the Brave is an elegy on boot level: Operational Area Sector 20 Far northern Namibia - So how long did we wait at that hangar? It felt like forever. We say nothing - we mull about - it's standard army when you don't know anyone, you don't know where you're headed. You don't connect. Outfit's so damn fresh anyway we're about to go saluting lance corporals. Give us anything; we'll snap it right up. Nobody pays us any mind. This saaf major eventually phones us in - salutes the way you'd swipe away a fly. He's all smiles after. There's one of those Alo helicopter gunships up with the door-mounted 20-mill. We see the shells come to ground outside the fence ripping through old fuel drums. A red dust cloud hangs where they hit - white puffs out the door of the speck of Alo up there. Dud-dud-dud-dud-dud! Dud-dud-dud-dud-dud! It gives you the shivers it does, that rhythmic, hollow thudding. You feel it through your soles hitting. "Those drums are about same size as a regular old Swapo terrorist," says the major, all matter-of-fact. "Those guys are sharpshooters, man, you'll meet em - we share a bar with you lot." [...]

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