"Into the Heart of Africa is a fascinating account of an incredible motorcycle journey across Africa. Jerry Smith shares with the reader such events as Christmas in Cameroon and a meal of zebra liver and steak in the Republic of Central Africa, where Russian military presence was very real.
Jerry encounters it all in Africa-from spear toting warriors that could have slipped silently from the bush 100 years ago, to tanks and solders with modern weapons. Bandits and smugglers, colorful Arabs and near naked Pygmies…it is all in, “The Heart of Africa.”
An interesting mix of people appears in the book. These include an English speaking Norwegegian Baptist Missionary, austere territorial chiefs in flowing robes to modern well drillers from Texas and of course the Africans who live in many villages along the way.
Jerry’s good humor and adventurous sprit are evident in his crisp writing and descriptions, even when jabbed with a bayonet, mooned by a baboon and faced with an aggressive native ready to catapult a spear through him.
In the opening chapter, the reader will be riding with Jerry as he races for his life to escape from thieves. For the rest of the story...read the book. The trek crosses a variety of land including narrow valleys, the endless Sahara, rocky trails where nothing leaves a track, to the dense jungle trails.
In addition to being an adventure story, the book will leave you with a better understanding of Africa and its people. Jerry describes the villages and inhabitants he and his team encounter along the way. War and hardship of living In Africa is noted. However, he exhibits an understanding and sympathy for these people. His wonder and enjoyment visiting a Pygmy village was evident. He also writes of the freedom and excitement of riding alone on age old trails near Lake Victoria in the northern Serengeti.
Jerry is something of a modern-day Indiana Jones. Yet he has the ability to take the reader along on this exciting motorcycle trip."
- A Des Moines, IA reader