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Of inherited rebel blood, Michael Walsh's father, Patrick, had fought in four conflicts before reaching his fortieth birthday. As a 16-year old guerrilla, a reward was placed on his head by England's Black and Tans. He fought also in the Irish War of Independence, Spanish Civil War, and World War Two. On leaving school at 15 years of age, Michael spent ten weeks at the Merchant Navy School for Sailors in Sharpness. During his years at sea he was to visit over 60 countries. Michael has since provided articles and columns for numerous magazines and international news media. In 2011 he was awarded 'Writer of the Year' by the publishers of Euro Weekly News, Europe's highest circulation newspaper of its kind. He has authored, edited and ghosted over 60 book titles. Michael was much more than an occasional visitor to the Dark Continent. He spent a period of time in apartheid South Africa, French West Africa and Portuguese occupied Mozambique. The North African and Middle East ports were also well known to him. He empathised well with the native peoples of Africa. Michael was perhaps one of the last to experience Africa as the novelist James Conrad would remember it. Following a maritime mishap the author spent a considerable time in the interior of the Belgian Congo. This was a period of internal conflict the brutality of which has few to equal it.