The Up-Country Man

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In April 1967, a young British Engineer arrives in Nigeria to take up his new job. On being transferred to Enugu, the capital of the troubled Eastern Region, the regional military governor declares secession and the Republic of Biafra is born. The Federal Government immediately declares war and Ken Ryeland finds himself trapped inside the rebel enclave as Federal troops close in for the kill. More

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About Kenneth C Ryeland

After 20 years living and working in Africa, the Far East and the Middle East, the author returned to the UK and occupied various senior engineering and research posts within the motor and insurance industries before retiring in 2004. He is a widower, has three grown children and likes gardening, writing, cross-country walking, classic British motorcycles and fine red wines.

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About the Series: Memories of an automotive engineer
These three books relate to my training as an automotive engineer in the 1950s, my first overseas job in Africa (working as a service manager for a large Land-Rover and Leyland distributor during the 1960s and my evacuation from Biafra after Federal Nigeria declared war) and my work with British Leyland as an overseas service engineer dealing with the Far East during the 1970s.

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ReadersEbooks reviewed on Nov. 16, 2012

The book tells of one of the most harrowing periods in modern Africa, setting out the characters and personalities that made Africa what it is. It gives the background to a political move that precipitated the greatest suffering Nigeria has known.
Reviewer’s Comments: Reading this book gives one a good understanding of the real Africa. The descriptions of the people with whom the author came in contact are the good ‘salt of the earth’ people struggling to find their way through the confusion and the propaganda, the followers who leap on the bandwagon and ride with the wave of oppression to their own doom, the expatriates who are the mainstay of the economy and, at the same time, the whipping boys for the politicians seeking to drive up public sentiment for their own causes.
If you desire to understand the reasons for why Africa has failed to take its place in the fellowship of nations, you must read this book
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Albert Robbins reviewed on May 31, 2011

A word of warning to those who may find interest in reading this book, if you are easily offended by non political correctness then you may want to think twice. However, if you are like me and prefer the truth told to you undiluted then this will be an interesting read. This book gives a better understanding of the trials and tribulations of Nigeria through the eyes of a white male (harsh I know but again the truth). Knowing this was written from a non-native's perspective, I knew to discount the details as being colored in that direction. I still feel that this book does a great job of giving everyone a better understanding and in the least see what forced government can/will do.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

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