Kamiri, a dirt-poor migrant raised in tribal culture, is drawn to the city, where he joins his brother in the illegal drugs trade. Disillusioned, Kamiri enters professional football, but his jealous brother shoots Kamiri in the knee, forcing him to begin work as a forest ranger.
Hassan, of doubtful parentage, is the youngest child in a rich and powerful Muslim family. Lonely and insecure at university, he joins Dorothy at a political protest that goes wrong, and finds himself in a terrorist organisation. Appalled by their activities, he escapes and enters the Army’s officer candidate school.
Dorothy, a college graduate from a middle-class Christian family, is an idealist who is unsure whether to enter politics or medicine. Set back in both careers, she makes a decision, and faces a further romantic choice between Kamiri or Hassan.
These three East African young people are intertwined in friendship, as each seeks a fully satisfying and challenging life and career identity.
Two voices are heard throughout. One, seemingly the voice of God, and the Other, possibly Satan's voice, offer conflicting guidance on achieving superpersonhood.
“Appealing characters and an intriguing portrait of modern Africa.” – Susan Waggoner, Foreword Reviews
“Its multiple characters rising and falling in a chaotic society, the tale has notes of Dickens while finding an energy all its own.” Kirkus Reviews
About the Author: William Peace grew up in suburban Philadelphia and now resides in London. A retired business executive who has traveled extensively, he provides pro bono consulting to London charities. This is his eighth novel.
Reviewed by Robert Leon Davis for Readers Views (1/19) “Achieving Superpersonhood: Three East African Lives” by author William Peace is a novel set on the Continent of Africa, involving the personal lives of three East Africans. Each is exposed to various decisions and choices they make involving their lives, with either dire consequences or happy outcomes. The intertwining relationships between the friends is just plain awesome. “Achieving Superpersonhood” is sort of written in the third person, which eloquently dictates the pace of the characters’ lives. There is also what I call a "footnote," or another person speaking in the third person, which reminds one of God or Satan, (or good or bad), immediately questioning each person’s decisions. This "footnote" is the brilliancy of the author and the plot! I really don't know how he imagined this stupendous plot or "footnote." It's a novel that can't be explained but actually has to be read. I've read hundreds of novels, but this is top on my list. It's the crème de la crème of novels that I've read. I personally place this work in the vein of a Charles Dickens. Huh, you say? Yes, in my humble opinion. As I've stated and must repeat it again; the plot is beautifully set, with surprisingly contrasting differences between each character and a "can't wait to read what's next" feeling. “Achieving Superpersonhood: Three East African Lives” by William Peace is an excellent, well-written novel, thought provoking on a serious level, and a beautiful flow from one incident to another. The characters also seem real, not imaginative. I thank the author for sharing this "work" not book, with me, and recommend it to the many readers who enjoy and love reading a good novel. Well done, sir. 5 stars plus!