““Choppers to die for” by Holtz Hauzen,
Novel based on the Armaments industry of South Africa
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In this novel an experienced but battered Vietnam Attack Helicopter pilot, is drawn into a crafty but brutal back-stabbing international armaments transaction. This high-level clandestine scheme would require him to move promptly from London to Johannesburg and on to a dangerous rendezvous in Malaysia.
The novel “Choppers -- to die for,” by Holtz Hauzen, is set against the South African armaments industry, which is of critical importance to the country but remains an overlooked element of this country’s diverse industrial capability.
This exceptional story introduces the reader to a line-up of fictitious yet authentic characters to create a new and yet un-plotted genre: the unrevealed reality of what took place behind the Apartheid Curtain in the armaments industry of South Africa.
This industry is to this day an example of South Africa's advanced, strategic technology. The story is set against the background of an international plot to destroy the South African armaments industry and its deadly strategic weapons capabilities, which ranged from conventional firearms to nuclear weapons of mass destruction.
The action-filled plot takes readers on a journey across the globe and reveals the intricacies and dangers of international armaments marketing.
In "Choppers – to die for" the characters represent some of the complex and diverse outlooks in the South African public sector shortly after a majority black government was democratically elected to take over the country’s administration of the "Rainbow Nation.” It is an insightful tale that at the same time will keep readers riveted to their armchairs.
Holtz H wrote this review Tuesday, October 20, 2009.