conflict was very long-drawn out with periods of unbelievably vicious conflict between the two main factions in which South African forces backed one faction and Cuba the other and occasional episodes of stalemate and has been described as a proxy war between the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union. Claymore himself becomes increasingly troubled by the way he finds himself witnessing atrocities and even taking part. Interspersed between Claymore’s hair-raising experiences during the fighting is the testimony he is going to give many years later to the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Paul, you yourself lived in South Africa for some time. Was this before or after the time apartheid came to an end? What were you doing at the time? Tell me how living in South Africa shaped your writing?
Reconciliation for the Dead, set in 1980, explains why this is so. His moral development as the series progresses is due in a big way to Rania, and in the fourth book of the series (and probably the last), her influence on him will continue to battle with the other big influence in his life, Crowbar, his ex-platoon commander in South Africa during the war, now turned mercenary. In a way they are two poles, fighting for control of his psyche and his moral centre. One represents life and hope and the future, the other all that is the antithesis of those.
immediately after Clay has finished testifying to Desmond Tutu’s Truth and Reconciliation commission. It is 1997, and he is on the run from those he exposed with his testimony in Reconciliation for the Dead (book 3). At the same time, Rania returns from work in Paris and finds that her husband and son have disappeared. Without knowing it, each is set on a journey that will eventually bring their worlds into collision, and change their lives in ways they could never foresee. Something like that, anyway. It is called The Debased and the Faithful, and is out in 2018.