|About the Book|
Operation: Black Sun is a story about a veteran mercenary in 1976 being drafted into a multinational black op in Angola. Captain Frank McKenzie saw action in Vietnam special forces 1965 to 1969, Honduras and El Salvador 1970, Rhodesian SAS 1971 toMoreOperation: Black Sun is a story about a veteran mercenary in 1976 being drafted into a multinational black op in Angola. Captain Frank McKenzie saw action in Vietnam special forces 1965 to 1969, Honduras and El Salvador 1970, Rhodesian SAS 1971 to 1974 and then Angola with the 32 battalion in Operation: Savannah. But, now he is in over his head in a hastily planned raid deep into the M.P.L.A.s territory to keep this rebel group, known for terrorist bombing, from becoming a nuclear power.For this book I have interviewed four veterans of the historical events surrounding this scenario, two who fought for the South Africans, one former member of the M.P.L.A and a former member of the Cuban Special Forces who supported the M.P.L.A. as well. From those conversations I was able to get a feel of the tactical issues faced in this conflict and translate that to this book. The inspiration for this event started with a series of conversations I had with Robert Mutinde in 2004-2005. He was a former member of the M.P.L.A. who moved to the U.S. and opened a shoe store in Arlington, TX. He told me about all kinds of rumors he heard back then involving international involvement in the civil war and about how the M.P.L.A. reacted in the field against the S.A.D.F. He made the firm claim that a Russian WMD of some kind was in the possession on the M.P.L.A sometime around 1976 to 1979 for less than a week when “…a bunch of helicopters showed up one day and took it. They killed a lot of us that day”. That comment set my head rolling to design a game around this idea. He also claimed, in his words “the men in those helicopters where the real rainbow six men… That is where they got the idea for that book”. I have also spoken with members of the U.S. military who were active in special operation during the cold war who have supported this idea and hinted that there is some truth to Mr. Mutinde’s claim. Even with that, the truth of the matter still seems to be obscured by secrecy, legend, cover stories and outright lies from people building their own egos. Never the less, it makes for one heck of a great story. I would like to thank everyone who inspired, informed me on details around this story, helped create, supported the effort. All of them had a hand in building this story.