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Recovering from the kidnapping and death of his wife, James an ex-pat Englishman, builds a safari camp in the rugged wilds of Mozambique. He tries to find peace but is thrust into conflict with poaching, intimidation, and local superstition. The darkness of Africa threatens those he loves and everything he cares for. He must confront the poachers, the men that stole his wife, and combat the local superstitions that condemn him. Events force him to fight for his friends and for the future of Africa. His adventures take him through a living hell of war, black magic, and loss. He risks everything to preserve his beloved Africa and to protect it from the dark forces that threaten it. It is a story of one manâ€™s fight for hope in the dark continent of Africa. James puts everything on the line--the last few vestiges of his sanity, his family, his friends, and his life, in the ultimate fight for what he believes to be right.
I leaned over close to Vincentâ€™s ear and whispered.
"About a mile up. I came back to flag you down here where the car would be under cover."
I looked back; a small stand of acacias shielded the car from view. I hadnâ€™t even noticed the significance of where Vincent had stopped me. Bill was now standing next to us. He spoke to Vincent.
"What have we got?"
"There are six bad men in the village down there. Theyâ€™re getting drunk on the tribeâ€™s beer. It seems they had an argument with the headsmen. Theyâ€™ve shot him and left his body lying out in the open in the village. Theyâ€™re stopping the tribe going to the body. It is gruesome, James. They are also raping one of the women."
I jumped in. "Why havenâ€™t you stopped it or called the army?"
Vincent shook his head in frustration. After a pause, he continued.
"Just after we arrivedâ€¦we saw a truck pull in. It was the local army patrol. They gave the bad men ammunition in exchange for cigarettes and alcohol. It seems that we cannot trust the army. We canâ€™t ask them for help. Theyâ€™ve gone now but theyâ€™re just as likely to shoot us if we call them back in, or at least thatâ€™s what Andrew said."
I was furious.
"Goddamn, I thought we had gotten past all that."
Vincent should his head sadly.
"It seems we failed. Theyâ€™re obviously being bribed. It is often the way here."
Corruption is endemic in Africa, as common as famine and disease. Trying to fight it is like trying to swat a swarm of locusts. The moment you kill one, there are millions to replace it. I worried at it like a dog at a bone.
"So why are we here?"
Vincent gripped my shoulders hard, restraining me.
"Itâ€™s Bayele down there, James, or at least we think it is from Sammie and your descriptions."
I pushed at Vincent trying to get past him, but Vincent held me strong. Bayele was the leader of the gang that had kidnapped Sammie and Emma. Bayele had let my Emma die. I wanted to kill him badly--slowly, so I could watch him suffer. Vincent went on.
"Thatâ€™s why Andrew came, I couldnâ€™t stop him. He has his own score with Bayele, the big mystery he would never tell us. Thatâ€™s also why he didnâ€™t want you to come; he thinks you wonâ€™t be able to control yourself."
"Iâ€™ve read the file... maybe this is the revenge you wanted, James."
"Why didnâ€™t you tell me, Vincent? Why wouldnâ€™t you speak on the radio?"
Stuart is a native of Great Britain. He lived in Australia for many years, and has traveled extensively around the world. He now lives in Los Angeles in a multi-cultural household with an American wife and stepchild, a Rhodesian Ridgeback and an Australian Cockatiel. His writing credits include a first novel, Lost in Africa, published by Wings ePress, a short story, Kubla Khan Revisited published in the Bromlian Magazine (UK), a short story, American Wives--Australian Husbands published by the Southern Cross Organization, and an honorable mention in an Open Short Story Competition (Australia) for The Watchers.
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 264
Paper Weight (lb): 11.2
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