Topic: Novels set on the overland
Phooey. I had written on this, and lost it somehow.
After posting about the new Sundowners site, I browsed to see if I could find any other links to those days, and found the following:
Its a summary of a book called Overland, about an American couple who are about to get married, but wisely the girl decided to live a bit before dying of boredom as a doctor's wife, and heads off on a Magic Bus towards Kathmandu. Her fiance chases her, and in Kabul they get caught up in the Soviet invasion of December 1979.
Even though I don't usually read novels, I might get this one because we were caught up in the Saur Revolution in April 1978, and it would be interesting to compare our fact with that fiction. My driver was Brendon Reid, who had the grisly sight of a local being squelched by tanks in front of him when he was coming back to our hotel from the bus park. My hotel (the Mustafa?) had possibly the best view of the revolution, as the Presidential Palace was on the other side of the square. From my room's balcony, we watched Migs flying in and attacking the clock tower etc in the palace and other son et lumiere features such as tanks et al.
One of my passengers, a Scot, got hit on the leg there by a piece of shrapnel from one of the many explosions but, as he was the tough sort of Scot (is there any other?), it bounced off him (although it did draw a tiny bit of blood). Apart from that, no-one in the group was hurt, but many locals were; we could hear the firing squads going off in the prison the next morning.
The late (and great) Travers Cox, who was then the Pennworld Operations Manager and who went on to found Explore Worldwide, was there at the same time, and helped sort things out to the extent that I think our group was the first westerners into Pakistan out of there. We later found out that questions were asked in the Australian House of Parliament about why we were there at the time. I felt like saying, "well, before we went into Afghanistan, I rang the President and asked, 'excuse me sir, we are about to visit your country; are you, perchance, expecting a coup over the next week or so?' and he replied 'no, I don't think so; come on in!' "
Unfortunately, Homer Simpson and "D-oh" were still many years ahead.
ANYWAY!! There was another novel set on the overland about a passenger going missing. It was mentioned here a couple of years ago. Does anyone remember it? I might as well buy that at the same time.