John B Dyer, conservationist, businessman and Conservationsit. Passionate about conservation and the need to preserve our natural wilderness, John has written numerous articles on environmental issues. As the former Chairman of the Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, John was quick to write of his adventures “on safari” and this culminated in his first work – Ulusaba Tales, a collector’s edition coffee table book that received widespread acclaim.
This was soon followed by “Ingilube” – an adventurous and oft times hilarious look at life of a young Zulu boy in the time of King Shaka. His third book, “Riders In The Night” offers readers a chilling insight into the Anglo Boer war and the horrors of Lord Kitchener’s policies towards the Boer Nation.
There is little doubt that John writes with passion, the spirit of Africa coursing through his veins and this latest work, Fishing Tales should have wide appeal. Not only does the book cover high seas fishing adventure, but explores the quite hilarious antics of the “corporate fishing safari”. His Co. author, Ted Horn has spent a lifetime fishing African seas and brings a wonderful element in the life of the enthused fisherman to the fore. This is complemented by John’s wonderful tales of mischief in camp during corporate trips to Sodwana Bay – stories packed with anecdotes and almost unbelievable Boy’s Own tales.
John’s passion for the written word is by no means delimited to novels – under the Ajubatus banner, he was quick to acquire the Marula Gazette, a regional weekly newspaper concentrating on environmental news in the Lowveld region of South Africa. All proceeds from his books sales go directly to funding the Foundation.
Ulusaba Tales follows the exploits of life in the African bush both from the perspective of conserving fauna and flora and the often-arduous task of operating a commercial Safari Lodge operation with its trials and tribulations.
Amidst the numerous stories of adventure, the author has endeavoured to impart hard earned knowledge and to offer the reader a true glimpse of life in the heart of the African bush.
The exploits span Africa’s Big 5 in addition to the trials of everyday life and every effort has been made to capture the realism and pioneering spirit that is embodied in this adventure environment.
Without doubt, the very success of commercial safaris is dependent on absolute teamwork and it was not surprising that Ulusaba was run much like an extended family. The book explores both the mischievous nature of people in Africa and details the humorous antics of many of Ulusaba’s staff.
In compiling Ulusaba Tales, it seemed fitting that artistic works and cartoons, providing a light and humorous tale of adventure that will inspire many to explore new frontiers enhance the written word.
Amidst the various tales, the author has provided both historic and reference detail to the various subjects under review in a refreshing yet factual manner that urges us towards greater understanding.
It was early Spring in the year 1827, Shaka – King of the Zulus is hunting elephant when news of his mother’s death is brought to him by fearful messengers. The King’s wrath is explosive and for a young Zulu boy, his life will change forever. INGILUBE is hastened from his village before the vengeful witchcraft of the Isanusi condemns him to death.
Young and terrified, Ingilube makes for the Zululand hills where the aged Magogo, a master at witchcraft, takes him under her care. Ingilube is soon to learn of the wonders of life in Africa and to master the mystical powers Magogo instils within him before he returns to the Kingdom of his people.
Ingilube, a powerful warrior, embarks on a quest to find his beloved childhood friend Thandi, exploring nineteenth century Africa in a series of explosive adventures. INGILUBE is a tale of adventure amidst the remarkable and tragic history of the Zulu Nation.
Riders in the night
As the dawn of the twentieth century approaches, war between the most powerful colonising power in the world, England, and two small independent states at the tip of southern Africa is imminent.
Corporal Jimmy Bond is a young idealist embarking on his tour of duty in the belief that this is a noble war. His ideals are soon challenged as he is faced by a determined and unorthodox enemy – Boer Commandos.
Jan Brede, a young Afrikaner, returns to his homeland in the south after hunting elephant in the Zambezi Valley. He is intercepted during his journey by the English militia and entrained for the prison camps in the interior before making good his escape. Having had his belongings confiscated by the English, Jan journeys into the interior, joining forces with the enigmatic Umbani, a Zulu warrior blessed with the sacred gift of the isangoma. Together, the two men are thrust into the war through cruel and tragic circumstances, witnessing the utter brutality of Lord Kitchener’s Scorched Earth Policy.
Anne Burnett travels to war-torn South Africa to serve as a volunteer nurse. Little could she have comprehended the effect this magnificent land would have upon her. Nor could she ever have imagined falling in love with one of her country’s enemies, an impossible liaison that strengthens her resolve and opens her eyes to the cruelty of war.
This tale of war and adventure is littered with vibrant historical characters: the Prophecy of Nicolaas van Rensburg, the Genius of General Smuts, the list is substantial. Riders in the Night heralds the incredible bravery of many nondescript men, true tales of mischief and unrivalled adventure amidst a backdrop of a terrible war.
This must be one of the funniest tales of Big Game fishing on the market. Part boigraphy of a great fisherman, part tales of the antics of amateur fishermen on their first foray into the World of Game Fishing. Each chapter is a story on its own, often all but unbelievable and yet unutterably true in every detail. This is a book you will not read once, but will return to chapters detailing stories that are part of fishing folklore. It is a fine testament to a most noble sport and calls for conservation of our oceans and seas as the writers retell stories of high seas adventure. Gone Fishing is a must read for all aspirant and proven fishermen – it is a book for all, highly amusing, occasionaly tragic, it tells of the wonders of fishing off the African coastline in custom designed Ski Boats, blooding rookies in the most delightful way and ensuring some great Tall Tales are forever recorded for posperity. This is a beautifully written work that will bring a smile to everyone who reads the mad stories of Gone Fishing.
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