Wow…day three of the #RRBC Bethany Turner “Pay It Forward” week already! While most of us in the Indie Author world spend a lot of time promoting other people’s work as well as our own, Bethany had the idea to spend this week spotlighting one different author – and only that author – each day, on all of our social media platforms. There is no self-promotion this week, but while we are focused on the day’s assigned author, someone else is busily promoting us. What a great way to introduce others, and in turn be introduced, to new audiences who might be interested in the work that we do. This experience, very simple in concept and execution, has been so much fun for me. I can’t wait for the next go-round.
Today I have the honor and pleasure of hosting fellow #RRBC member, Jan Hawke. Jan is the incredibly talented author of Milele Safari – An Eternal Journey, which twines around a single day, in an unremarkable border village that snuffs out the lives of four people and shatters many others, only to draw the survivors back to a different time and, perhaps, a hope of atonement and peace. Step out on the journey and discover an Africa that could have been, is and might one day come to be.
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Two Great Reviews
If you are looking for a book filled with fast-paced action and adventure on an African safari, this is not the book for you. Although it has all of those things, and beautifully written descriptions of the land and wildlife of Africa, the book is more more thought-provoking. It is a story about the tragedies individuals and nations have suffered. It is a story of genocide, personal loss, despair, grief, acceptance, and forgiveness. You learn about the killing of a nun and Brit from the perspective of all parties involved and how this tragic event affected each of them and those they came in contact with. Don’t expect to read this book quickly; it is one you need to contemplate as you go.
Dr. Sophie Taylor, a British physician and psychotherapist, has taken a job at a UN-sponsored refugee community in central Africa. Before reporting for work, as a favor to her sister she accompanies a group of filmmakers on a guided safari. During this period she meets an attractive wildlife veterinarian who finds her equally attractive. The couple begins a serious love affair, the veterinarian applies for and gets employment with Sophie’s employer, and before long the two become involved in an emergency rescue effort following an earthquake, complicated by a search for a group of elephant poachers.
This, in essence, is the plot of the story presented in “Milele Safari.” Yet the story is much deeper and very much darker than such a plot summary suggests.
For this is not Sophie’s first trip to Africa, nor her first love affair. And – like the areas she visits now, and like the characters she meets – she is haunted by the tragic events of her earlier experience, which coincided with a widespread genocide.
“Milele Safari” is not in any sense an easy read. It moves steadily from present to past to present again, from the journals and memories of one character to those of another and another. It circles, always, around inexplicable hatreds and unremitting guilt. It does not shrink at shocking truths. At the same time, it never gives way to despair. If you are looking for a conventional thriller, or for a simplistic inspirational “message,” you won’t find either here.
What you WILL find is a hard look at the complexities of the human spirit, told in terms of modern Africa but pertinent to what has happened and is happening everywhere else in the world. And you’ll find characters, situations, and places that will stay with you for a long time.
By M. Thornburgon
Add this wonderful book to your library
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