Welcome to our stop on this blog tour. Thank you very much to Sarah @ BookOnTheBrightSide and Claude Saayman for providing a copy of the book to [K]
The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.
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.
A Serpent’s Conscience follows Marc Saayman, through his turbulent life as a young child to adult.
When we first meet little Marc his mother and father have a very volatile relationship, at times having to live with his Grandparents, leading to Marc and his brother Clive not having a very stable family life. Because of his experiences and instability in his life as a child this has made him a vunerable young person that people took advantage of and exploited. This in turn shaped his development into an adult.
Heartbreaking at times as to how he was treated and abused, I found myself wishing for Marc to find the ‘click’ that would help him turn his life around for the better, leaving the drama behind, avoiding the destructive path that he sometimes chose and the consequences that followed.
I do enjoy a well written biography and I think this is one of those books that will stay with me. This really is an unlikely biography as per the title.
The way this book ended I do wonder if there will be a follow up biography in the pipeline?
I truly hope Marc has found some semblance of peace as the events he has lived through so far are more than most people experience in their entire lifetimes.
Some say Claude Saayman is a genius, others say he is just a no-good criminal but very few know that he is one of the greatest impostors of all time. He spent three years in solitary confinement before escaping and starting a new life. Without so much as a high school diploma, he worked as a Surgeon, Engineer Airline Executive and managed a multi-billion-dollar project.
Claude learned the basics of writing in James Patterson’s Masterclass, yet his style has been described as reminiscent of Romain Gary.
To learn more about Claude and his extraordinary life, visit him online at thegreatestimpostor.com.
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