Where Witch Birds Fly captures the toxic brew of forces at play in the small West African country-Big Oil, Big Diamonds, competing outside powers, foreign mercenaries, and the local dominant Lebanese Christian trading community--all intriguing to pillage the African population's assets, degrading and destroying its chances for development to the point that a brutal insurrection breaks out.
Here amid the tumult, an African-American international lawyer comes face to face with all that he is, and all that he has become. Many years enjoyment of the accoutrements of professional success-sharp clothes, fast cars, and flashy white women-have left Richard White feeling troubled and alone. Long-term psychoanalysis has brought no peace. He is wrestling with an identity crisis brought on by rejection of his black, lower-class background, and estrangement from his family and community.
White first arrives in Sierra Leone during the Cold War on a mission to collect a forty million dollar oil debt owed by the local Freetown refinery. There, even as he is swept into the ex-patriate community's bacchanal, his pursuit of an ancestral linkage to the country via the slave trade begins. He returns a second time, post-Cold War, representing Lebanese interests in the largely illicit diamond trade, only to be kidnapped and held for ransom by Foday Sankoh's Revolutionary United Front.
The anguish of Sierra Leone will change Richard White's life.
|Publisher:||Clarity Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.12(d)|
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One might consider this a preview rather than a review--since I have been privy to an explanation of the setting--Siera Leone,Africa where legend has it that God created all kinds of precious natural resources to compliment the beautiful scenery & the fact that it chronicals the decade long civil war fought over diamonds I can't help to imagine that this novel will bring forth an age old adage--ne'er the big fat rose without the big fat thorn!!I would like to take this opportunity wish the Author the best of luck with his novel 'witch' stirs much anticipation in this future reader--& anticipation is a WONDERFUL thing!!!