Ray Kane was born in Ireland. He was in the South African Police when Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island in 1964.
In 1965, while hitchhiking through Tanzania en route to England, he crossed the path along which Che Guevara would lead his Cuban Brigade just three days later into the Congo and his first revolutionary defeat.
Kane’s first novel, The Sowti Squad, was born of these two events.
Suspected of being a mercenary while hitchhiking through Juba, the Sudanese government arrested and deported Kane to Uganda. Hoping to continue his homeward journey by ship, Kane travelled through Uganda to Mombasa, Kenya’s port on its Indian Ocean coastline. Fortune smiled on Kane. The Braemar Castle, en route from Cape Town to London, was in port and had just medevaced a broken-legged crewman back to Durban. There was a vacancy. Kane became Seaman Kane and worked as a steward on the luxury liner to Tilbury (London) docks.
Commissioned into the British Army in 1965, Ray Kane served in Germany and Libya. In 1968 he joined the Omani Army. Commissioned as a Captain, he was promoted Major after a year and served for a further two years as Red Company Commander, Desert Regiment, in the Dhofar War. He led the Red Company palace assault group which seized Sultan Said bin Taimur al-Busaidi on 23 July 1970, in the coup d'état which started Oman's renaissance, and in which Kane was wounded.
Leaving Red Company in 1972, Kane commanded Firqa Forces – Dhofari irregular tribesmen. He was "sacked on-the-spot", and quite rightly too, in Kane's opinion, by Colonel Mike "Oddjob" Harvey in May 1972, after playfully shooting-up the RAF Salalah (Dhofar) Officers' Mess and its open-air cinema.
Asked by a friend if he had been drunk, mad or both, Kane replied, 'Neither, I did it for the Craic.’
Ray Kane founded his security company, Trawl Services Ltd in, in 1982. He is divorced and has a son and four daughters.
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Coup D’état Oman
by Ray Kane
In Oman on 23 July 1970, Ray Kane led the only coup d’état executed by British Officers in living memory. All accounts of the coup by academics innocently repeat and so perpetuate what might be termed the official approved version of events, while some other writers repeat rumors, fantasize or lie . Read on to learn the truth.
The Daughters of Mohammad
by Ray Kane
Lashed 99 times, a woman awaiting Stoning is killed by her loving son. Snatching a judge’s camcorder, the son flees Iran, later posting a video clip on YouTube. Viewing YouTube spurs British-Iranian Zainab into founding the Iranian Women’s Liberation Front with Kulthum, Ruqayyah and Fatima. The world reacts for, coincidently, they are the names of the daughters of Mohammad.
The Sowti Squad
by Ray Kane
It's 1964. The CIA want Che Guevara to stay in Congo, buried 6' under. South Africa want Nelson Mandela covertly sprung from Robben Island and exiled.
Tasked to do both, The Sowti Squad endure brutal selection and the raw savagery of mercenary warfare as they battle the Simbas and capture Che.
Betrayed by cynical employers, the Sowtis learn that no one loves the mercenaries, except their mates
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