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The Cuban

Paul Eksteen

Ex-Special Forces sniper, Tom Allen Coetzee, always believed that once you have faced real death, you never need to be afraid again.

A mission which was one of the highlights of Tom's military career, might just be coming back twenty years later to change his beliefs and destroy the secure world that he now lives in.

Still struggling to adapt to the tragic death of his young wife and unborn child, Tom got jolted back to the past by the brutal farm murder of a childhood friend, and the near fatal car bombing of his partner, Kwinzee.

The farm murder seemed like just another attack on a white family until Kwinzee's investigations unravel the fact that Tom was supposedly the target.

When the web of deceit is revealed, it quickly becomes apparent that there is much more to the Cuban connection between the Doctor and the mysterious Lady than he had first thought.

Only by resolving this mystery will Tom be able to ensure that he doesn't lose any more of the people he loves, and that his world can return to normal. For Tom and his daughter, Danielle, to survive, he needs to stay one step ahead throughout the pursuit of his enemy.

In his final quest, he chases after clues through the remote bushveldt near Vivo, to the spectacular mountains of the Golden Gate National Park. Will he eventually resolve the Cuban riddle or is there another twist in the tale?


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Paul Eksteen was born in Pretoria in 1966 to Andre and Julie (Kruger) Eksteen. He grew up in Pietersburg (now Polokwane) and matriculated at Pietersburg High School whereafter he completed his two years' compulsory military service. After his military service he studied to become a geologist at the University of Pretoria. During his university years he represented University of Pretoria and Northern Transvaal in underwater hockey and later also represented South Africa from 1995 to 2002.
He has always had a passion for hunting and the shooting sports and represented South Africa in IPSC from 2012 and in clay target shooting from 2018. He is a founder member of the Limpopo Arms and Ammunition Collectors' Association and an avid hunter, sports shooter and firearm collector.
He and his wife live close to Polokwane on a small farm where he has Airedale terriers and farms with goats.
He still practises as a geologist and also owns a gun shop and firearm training academy in Polokwane. He is a partner in a game ranch close to Musina, where he breeds game and hunts frequently.