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As the last playground of the Cold War, the Horn of Africa in the 1980s was a heady mix of idealism, war and political terror. Mark, a young aid worker in the tragic famine that decimated Ethiopia, is caught between his idealism, the ruthlessMoreAs the last playground of the Cold War, the Horn of Africa in the 1980s was a heady mix of idealism, war and political terror. Mark, a young aid worker in the tragic famine that decimated Ethiopia, is caught between his idealism, the ruthless oppression of Mengistu’s Stalinesque regime and the cynical games being played by the British and American Embassies. After being briefly arrested by a fat chameleon of a policeman he and his girlfriend Val begin to unearth the sordid tale of a young south Sudanese fighter, arrested and tortured by Ethiopian security officials with the connivance of an insider in the UN. As they explore the murky world of diplomatic intrigue in a war zone Mark finds out too late he’s a pawn in a plot to guarantee the West’s access to Sudan’s oil and the unwitting ally of an unscrupulous Ethiopian dissident.Some reviews of the print edition:Nicholas Winer brings his vast experiences to bear, telling a tense, emotional and exciting story of people and the harsh realities they face in the world of war, espionage and famine relief in the Horn of Africa. Dan Halsted. Producer of Beyond Borders.“The Tethered Goat is a high class thriller that can stand up along side others in the genre and beat some of the complacent masters of the craft who need nothing more than their name to have their books published. A novel like The Tethered Goat does not have that luxury and has to work to achieve its audience through word of mouth and a lot of luck. I would happily recommend the book for any lover of espionage thrillers, and encourage them to pass on the word to anyone else they believe would enjoy it.” Anthony Lund, Allbook ReviewsThere are plenty other villains in it, some more likeable than others, and some of them utterly intriguing…. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in the politics of the 80s, the real Africa or anybody who enjoys a fast-moving, thrilling and hard-hitting story. I am looking forward for more illuminating reading from this talented author.” Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader ViewsWiner skilfully captures with telling details the danger as well as the painful voice of this part of the world with its famine and war during the latter part of the 1980s. It is a world populated with a cast of some very devious characters that think very little about the lives of others. Norm Goldman. Editor of Bookpleasures.comFrom the author:From time to time colleagues suggested I should write down some of my experiences after 20 years of aid work in Africa. After the civil wars and famines in Sudan and Ethiopia in the 1980s there had been plenty to keep me awake at night.In 2002, two years after leaving Africa, I was offered a job on a film set as a consultant with big names trying to re-enact the drama of life as an aid worker. The film was Beyond Borders, directed by Martin Campbell, in which Angelina Jolie supposedly falls in love with rugged aid worker Clive Owen and follows him to Ethiopia, Cambodia and Chechnya. Somehow the film never gelled. Maybe because Angelina was breaking up with her husband in real life as well as on film- maybe because Clive was taking himself very seriously or maybe because the script wasnt up to it.After the filming I started to write down experiences of mine from those days of war and famine in Africa and the experience of doing that formed a set of characters and the characters wove themselves into a story. The story is true to its time and true to its place. Some of it is true in fact. Its the sort of story one could write today after surviving the horrors of Rwanda or the Congo. Times change the place.