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K. E. Karl’s fiction has appeared in the Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Lowestoft Chronicle, Evening Street Review, and Gumshoe Review. He recently published his first novel, OUR MAN IN MBABANE, which is based on his experiences as a gunrunner supporting Nelson Mandela’s African


Our Man in Mbabane

Our Man in Mbabane by K. E. Karl

A government job. Raucous parties and love affairs. Gunrunning at the weekends. What could go wrong? The Mission Impossible assignment from Nelson Mandela's organization was straightforward: Frank George was to go to Swaziland, get a job, and smuggle weapons into South Africa for the fight against apartheid. Based on a true story, Our Man in Mbabane follows Frank's gunrunning exploits supporting the African National Congress in the late 1970s. In between harrowing escapades, he banters with friends and has two turbulent romances, all while learning of the daily indignities and horrors of apartheid. This historical espionage thriller will have you on the edge of your seat one moment and laughing the next as Frank shifts between ANC missions, romantic affairs, and boisterous social outings.

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