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A Serpent's Conscience by Claude Saayman

A Serpent's Conscience

by Claude Saayman

280 pages
An inebriated narrator stands before a death certificate admits to killing someone. He shared the hell that was the deceasedís life and suffering, and in a moment of compassion and guilt, he decides to tell Marcís unlikely story.

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About the Book
What makes a man risk his life, over and over again, for a few moments of pleasure?

Young Marc lives in an emotionally charged and volatile home environment that sets him on a path to psychological chaos and drug addiction. As a balm for his low self-esteem he develops a need for danger and puts himself in dangerous, sometimes deadly situations. He is just seventeen when he steals his first aircraft. A year later he joins the Air Force where he takes a helicopter for a joyride. He is caught and given a second chance in a fighter training squadron. One Sunday afternoon he decides to take a fighter jet for a joyride.

Marc deserts the Air Force but is caught trying to leave the country. He learns that he will be charged for treason and executed so he makes a daring escape. He is caught and put in a secure facility where he makes another audacious escape. He is caught and thrown into solitary confinement for three years. To pass the time in his cell, he flies imaginary planes. On the verge of insanity, Marc makes one last flight where he discovers the reason for his turbulent life.

On the way to his court martial he escapes and vows to start a new life.


"You play with words in a way that is new and refreshing but somehow also has something reminiscent of an age that is past where words were seen as a thing of beauty in themselves and not just a vehicle to make a point or to take a scene from A to Z. No one can read this book without taking great pleasure from what is almost an underlying rhythm that is somewhat hypnotic. It makes your style stand out and gives the book and extra depth and a dimension that is deeper and yet one canít quite put oneís finger on what it its, the mechanics of it all, but it is evocative and mesmerising." Cherry Mosteshar literary editor and author of 'Unveiled: One Woman's Nightmare in Iran'
- Cherry Mosteshar
ďYour vivid writing took my imagination to beautiful and scary placesĒ Only a few books have been able to grab me within the first chapter and this book did that. Claude has captured a feeling in his writing, a way to see the main character grow and experience his surroundings. There were times I could close my eyes and see the landscape, the murkiness, feel the warm air blowing over the African planes and also the disgust that I could feel in my stomach when Marc found himself in a desperate situations of humiliation, beatings and despair. I felt bad at times and compassion for the main character of the novel. I applaud Claude for a very good book and admire his style in writing. I hope to read more from you in the future
- Bertjan Wijnhoven
As author you captivate, inspire and shock me in ways difficult to describe. Your descriptions, being so vivid, brought to the fore, unexpected emotions. I laughed, I cried, and in some instances, felt utter despair! The mere fact that you are still alive to share your experiences with the world is unbelievable. I recommend this book to everyone I know.
- Sereta Fourie



About the Author
Claude Saayman has traveled the world, worked as a night-watchman, airline executive and multi-billion-dollar project manager. He has also held public office and fraternised with presidents, ministers and politicians.

He learned the craft of writing from James Patterson and Judy Blumeís Masterclasses. He is a member of several writerís communities, and his first book, A Serpentís Conscience, was nominated for a Quill Award for Best Novel at



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