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Extract from Johan Vlok Louw’s Border War Novel Eric the Brave

Eric the BraveRandom House Struik has released an extract from Johan Vlok Louw’s debut novel, Eric the Brave. Set on the border between between Namibia and Angola in 1993, Eric the Brave examines the horrors and unreality of the Border War.

In the following excerpt, taken from Chapter 3, Louw describes how much of war time is spent waiting for something to happen:

Benjamin Darrell Woods is sun-tanning on his back in his underpants reading Wilbur Smith from behind sunglasses in the Angolan bush war.

He’s turned slightly now to look up at Eric looking down at him from the tower.

“Bored already, hey, Eric?” “Very.”

“Tough shit, man, sure you don’t want the tapes? I can bring up some music if you want.”

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