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By: Peter Fourie

We Brothers

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Daniel wants to become a lawyer to right the wrongs he believes have been inflicted on his people by the white colonisers. His schoolteacher convinces him that he can arrange a university education. Instead, he is abducted and is trained as a terrorist. He returns to his country and uses his skills to fight the invaders of his land.Peter fulfils his ambition to be a pilot, flying a combat helicopter against the country’s enemies who are seeking to overthrow the government. Often flying into action with only a Perspex windscreen to protect him, he has to learn to control his fear.This is the story of boys forced into different sides of a war, pawns of the architects of the conflict, Cecil Rhodes, Robert Mugabe and other nationalists, Ian Smith the Rhodesian Prime Minister, and his nemesis, British PM Harold Wilson.As the two become men and seek their destinies, they become adversaries in an unconventional conflict that causes significant loss of life and injuries, untold misery, and results in the devastation of a country once described as ‘Africa’s bread basket,’ and which became ‘Africa’s basket case.’The terrorist and the pilot meet several times on opposing sides of the Rhodesian Bush War determined to prevail.On one side, a terrorist skilled in terrorising the population using hit and run tactics. On the other, a highly skilled pilot flying a highly manoeuvrable aircraft with significant speed, armament, and height advantages.Can there be any winners in this conflict?

Peter Fourie was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).


He is passionate about Africa, its wildlife, people and landscape. In retirement, he is a part-time professional photographer and is the author of four photography books. He has also published a travel book based on his own worldwide excursions. This is his first novel.


He loves Africa with a passion and still considers it home. He has been a regular visitor to Zimbabwe, honeymooning there with his wife and touring the country with his adult children.


His family provides education support to a Victoria Falls family because they believe that education is the way out of poverty. They will donate the profits of this book to charities providing education in the Victoria Falls region because it is a cause in which they wholly believe.


He emigrated to Australia in 1978 to take up an engineering position in Sydney.

Customer Reviews
11 reviews
11 reviews
  • Marg

    The story was a great read: a fascination insight into different perspectives of life in Rhodesia of two young people during such troubled times. I'll read it again soon.

  • Ericka Sack

    A most enlightening story of extraordinary bravery and courage of two young men on opposites sides of a war. They believe they can change life for the better. Great reading.

  • Gail van Jaarsveldt

    A riveting read! The history of Rhodesia, Zimbabwe Rhodesia and Now called Zimbabwe has been troubled and still is. Peter Fourie writes about both sides of the coin and just as the book ending - two men from opposite sides talking together as two Zimbabweans. In reality, if this had of happened a long time ago, and if the original white settlers had of adapted to and embraced the people and her culture as well as they did to the land and harsh conditions; things could have been mighty different today. A great read interspersed with history - looking forward to the sequel!

  • Carol Kennedy

    We Brothers by Peter Fourie is a very engaging and enjoyable read. I was captivated from the first few pages until the last. The first person approach was clever and used well to portray the emotionally confronting life journeys of the two young Rhodesian protagonists, Peter and Daniel as they fight a cause they strongly believe in.

  • Brian Kerton

    After not reading for some time I came across the book We Brothers by Peter Fourie. The combination of historical facts and fictional story written in the first person was very engaging and I couldn't put the book down until the last page was turned. Hoping there will be a sequel. It also has the potential for a very engaging movie.

  • Alice Conway

    I found this book intriguing to see how many unknown players there were in the background that influenced the development of Rhodesia from colonial rule to what was proposed to be a free and independent country ruled by the black population. It shows why the black man so wanted to come out from under the yoke of the white British Colonial Rule but they seemed to have jumped "from the frying pan into the fire of Tribal self interested Leaders". The situation from the perspective of the "terrorists" added a dimension to the story that is not usually told. It is not about white against black so much as the fact that those who have their own agenda to push, incite the hatred & inequality to achieve their own ends. Peter and Daniel's separate actions & understanding eventually bring them to a position that they would not have expected when they started. It is a very worthwhile read and I am keen to read the sequel,

  • Colleen Edwards

    I enjoyed reading this book which was confronting at times. The strong emotions of Peter and Daniel were unexpected. Both were focused on achieving what they thought was right. The events surprised me, initially wondering if they were true. I had no idea what both sides suffered even though I knew some of the history. The story brought out the human element of war for me, there are no winners except for the architects. A terrific story well worth reading.

  • Chris Hicks

    I found this book to be very different from my usual reads. It was a bit hard to get into due to the foreign names, places and acronyms. Once I got into it, I found it to be a very interesting read and enjoyed reading it.

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