Review - The Transkei Run by Michael Taljaard

By Carmen, 12 November 2019
My Copy of the Book

Year Published: 2019

Genre: Contemporary


On a painfully hungover Saturday morning, two incorrigible small-town scallywags, Jeremy "Spikes" Vorster and his impulsive but charismatic sidekick, Zachary Post, decide to flee their previous night's regrets in search of adventure in the rural Transkei.

A run-in with a local taxi gang sets in motion a series of events that unravels a tense and violent misadventure as the two young rebels are forced to defend themselves at all costs.

What results is a gritty, uniquely South African undertaking, complete with sex, drugs and crawling paranoia.

About the Author:

Michael Taljaard is a South African writer whose stories are peppered with mischief, anarchy and violence. He lives in Cape Town and works in online media. His hobbies include soaking his sense organs in the psychedelic weirdness of the internet.

Connect with the Author:

Facebook: Michael Taljaard Facebook

Twitter: Michael Taljaard Twitter

Author Website: Michael Taljaard Author Website

Buy the Book:

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My Take on the Book:

This is a book that has some dark humor as well as a narrator who is a bit directionless which leads him to get himself into quite a spot of trouble. Jeremy Vorster wasn’t a character that I could relate to, though that doesn’t detract from the authentic voice that is weaved throughout the book. I ended up giving this book a four star rating and got a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Last Word:

Even though this book was a little dark, I definitely enjoyed the humor and the authenticity.