Afric

Afric

by Eileen Enwright Hodgetts

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ISBN-13: 9780615801513
Publisher: Emerge Publishing
Publication date: 05/12/2013
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Afric 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The opening tale immediately captures the reader and sets the stage for what seems will be an endless revelation of circumstances and limited choices. The backdrop is set in Uganda, East Africa where culture and beauty runs as deep as the corruption and poverty. The main character Swot, a bi-racial intelligent girl proclaimed to harbor great intelligence, drives the story. As Swot is exposed to the harshness of her grandfather’s land she begins her quest in search of the American Peace Corp worker with only the use of her senses to guide her. As the story develops, Swot realizes that cultural values are oftentimes mixed into the reasons behind vicious acts that destroy humanity The author, Eileen Enwright Hodgetts, was as smart as her main character by weaving the reader through the lives of a variety of meaningful characters that help drive the story and bring a deeper understanding of the political issues that have enveloped their lives. The insight about life in Uganda during this troubling time kept me captivated. The stories of pain and senseless violence will tear you apart as you realize this has been reality for many Africans in modern day times.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
This book made me think about how different countries can be so different, and yet also similar. I liked the mystery of Brenda and her husband. Especially when their granddaughter goes back to where they met. It was very interesting to read about the different ways of life and their beliefs. I also liked how the author described Africa through the years. She has been to Africa, and she used her knowledge in this book. I am giving this book a 4/5.I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
WordsofaSAHM More than 1 year ago
I’m going to start off by saying that when we applied to review this book, we were warned that this book might be upsetting to some readers. That being said, this is one book that I have read lately, where I held my breath most of the time I was reading it. I thought it was an absolutely fantastic book and I didn’t want to put it down. I fell asleep to it quite a few times, thought “Oh, I’ll charge my kindle here in a few minutes.” and my kindle ended up dying on me – TWICE while reading this book. The whole time I was reading the book, I was trying to figure out what was going on. I loved the suspense in this book. I love books where I can try to put things together, while reading! I like that it ended with just a tad bit of romance, and honestly, I would love to see another book that continues that part of the story! If you have the chance, I would highly recommend you read this book! It’s fantastic & I really don’t think you will regret it!
Algene More than 1 year ago
There are many books these days that truly touch the heart of their readers. There are several novels that keep every reader to want more. Afric by Eileen Enwright Hodgetts is not an exception. This well-written piece deserves a high regard. Everything about it is just amazing. I love how the author was able to show its readers the tradition, society, events and stories concerning the African people. The book will catch every reader's attention. As I go through the pages, I start to learn more about Africa and the diversity in its community. At the same time, I became interested in how the main character took a walk down the memory lane and discover the secrets of her past. It's an excellent read.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
This is a a novel based on the U.S. war on terror as it might be played out in Africa. Uganda is where the majority of the novel takes place--Uganda where missionaries, churches and witch doctors live side by side. War lords and what I can only term terrorists of the home grown variety strike fear into the peoples hearts. The villagers children are stolen, their villages plundered. The young boys forced to kill and maim--the girls raped and then if they are lucky get married to just one of their abductors. Swot's grandmother, Brenda decided to take Swot to Uganda to visit the other side of her heritage. When Brenda had been there as a young girl she had married one of the African men. She ultimately left him and returned to America with a daughter. That daughter in turn married a man of Swedish descent which is how Swot and her 2 brothers came to be. Now Swot was a genius-she had graduated college when she was 14--but was a very unhappy young girl-thus Brenda's decision to take her to Africa. But Africa had changed since Brenda had been there last-drastically. Would Swot be able to find and save the little girl who a mad man wanted to sacrifice? Would she find her friend who was abducted? Could she solve the mystery surrounding everything going on around her. AND would she figure out a way to save herself as well? How this all ends made my heart happy--but the thought that it might still be happening there or in other parts of the world with the complicity of the United States made me very sad.
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
When my husband and I first met, I loved listening to stories about his worldly travels during his time in the U.S. Navy. Having barely traveled around the U.S. myself, I long to discover more about the world. The only way I get to do this is through books. Afric is a book that I wasn't expecting to dig so deep down in my soul but it was a beautiful read. Not beautiful in the deliberate sense of the word but beautiful in a way that it makes you really feel something while reading it. I have to be honest in the fact that I don't know much about African culture but I learned a multitude of information about traditions, beliefs, witchcraft, tribal feuds, etc. If you're sensitive to anything outside of your daily, mundane life, then I suggest this not be a book that you pick up. This book covers historical facts of the country including murder, rape and kidnapping but it is not so violent as to be inappropriate. Without it, the story would lose a sense of being. The story line has a lot going on but it is fairly easy to follow and keep up with. I felt like I was living the story and couldn't imagine if a similar situation were to happen here in the U.S. - how would it be handled? A baby is cursed by the local witch doctor against a war lord who wants for personal matters. On her first visit, a U.S. girl makes it her mission to save the baby. There are times that I had to set the book down and take a deep breath to take in all that I had read. It hit me hard and sent me on a journey of discovery! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own. 
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
First and foremost, I was forewarned that the book may be upsetting to some readers, so please note, that this book may be upsetting. There is violence, murder, kidnapping, and rape involving young girls. While not graphic, it does take you aback a bit. With that said; this was the most suspenseful read I have read in some time. I think I held my breath most of the book and could not put it down. I fell asleep to it for 3 nights in a row because I hated putting it down. I wanted to know what happens. The book starts fairly quickly with a dark twist that sets the tone for the remainder of the story. Sarah, aka Swot, is visiting Uganda with her grandmother to learn about her familial roots, so to speak. Sarah’s grandmother, Brenda, visited Uganda 50 years ago and per Ugandan customs, married a local boy, got pregnant and returned to her family in the United States (which in turn make’s Brenda’s daughter half Caucasian, half African; which in turn makes Swot one-quarter African, and from what I could gather, the remaining three quarters Caucasian. It is mentioned throughout that Swot is ‘not quite white’.) The adventure starts off with the murder of one that is believed to be linked to a technical kidnapping of a young girl which then moves into ‘who’s who’ and more kidnappings and violence and rapes. The entire time you are reading, you trying to figure out what is going on, who is linked to what, why everything is happening all the while, still putting the entire piece of history together (which wasn’t that difficult and really did help fill in the story so don’t let that discourage you.) I loved the suspense and the trying to figure everything out. The ending ended with a little romance that I was secretly hoping for and I hated that the book ended. I would love to see something next that continues that bit. All in all, I really, really, really enjoyed Afric. I think I would even admit that it is my favorite book this year.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
That feeling when you start reading a book and you know after one line this is the book for you, this is that book.  An excellent read, I love the fact that it is centered around a country and continent which has a lot of mystique and tradition, which we are still trying to understand. Based around East Africa and Uganda this story is about witchcraft, war, tribal feuds and control. If you understand African traditions, beliefs and general way of life then this is the book for you. If you don't, then a word of caution, you will find certain parts of the story line upsetting. The novel revolves around a murder and a baby, who has been cursed by the local witch doctor and who the warlord wants in order to cure his tribe.  On the other side we have a young 18 year old american girl who on her first visit to Uganda believes it is her destiny to rescue and keep the baby from harm. The historic references and the fact that the story jumps from the past to the present explains the changes and the power struggle which ensues.  It's fast paced, with excellent descriptive scenes and describes perfectly the rules of a nation where the basic rule and law is to survive.  Also along with this is the way of the tribes and how you are dealt within that tribe depicts how you will treat and behave towards outsiders and nothing stops the tribe moving on ruling by terror.  I cannot praise this book high enough and this is my favourite read of the year,  I must again stress that it is down to the tribal feuds and understanding of the story line, as mentioned some readers might find this upsetting.