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Written by Ginny Grimsley
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:52
In a part of the world as beautiful as it is brutal, the fate of two brothers and a nation are at the mercy of a ruthless military general, in author David Fergusson’s adventurous and chilling tale of modern Africa and its continuing struggle for freedom and self-determination in the new novel Tribe of Shadows – The Hunted(http://davidfergusson.tateauthor.com/).
William Hunt is a renowned journalist living in London when his brother, Ross, who runs a photographic camp on the edge of an African game reserve, sends a desperate message as he runs for his life from a feared and powerful military leader who commands a legion of merciless guerillas. Loosely based on actual events and the real life experiences of people who have endured civil wars and ethnic clashes in Sub-Saharan Africa, the novel explores the breathtaking violence and spiritual redemption of a struggling region of the world.
For Fergusson, who grew up in the former Rhodesia – now Zimbabwe – in its troubled transitional years, the story is personal.
“African nations are among the most beautiful, but most troubled in the world and I wanted to capture the essence of that struggle and do so in a way that allows readers all over the world to relate to the plight of the people who live there,” says Fergusson, who now makes his home in Zambia.
“Tribe of Shadows delves deeply into the darkness of the lost soul, and the compassion and patience needed to draw it out of the shadows to a place of peace.”
The novel undoubtedly will spark discussion of Sub-Saharan African nations who are continually struggling for self-rule, economic independence and higher standards of living for individuals who have endured centuries of colonization, military rule, crippling poverty rates and non-existent education and healthcare. Blessed with some of the world’s most fantastic natural beauty, incredible wildlife and riches in natural resources, Sub-Saharan Africa remains a region uncertain of its future in a modernizing world.
Fergusson’s work seeks to explore that difficult transition, following the two brothers, their friends and their family members as they are pursued by mercenaries intent on silencing a powerful secret the men hold. Their story culminates in a dramatic ending that reflects strong messages of resiliency and faith.
“If you know Africa as I know Africa, you will see its past, present and future reflected in this story,” Fergusson says.
About David Fergusson
David Fergusson has turned his dramatic personal history into a riveting work of fiction in Tribe of Shadows – The Hunted. Born during a bush war in the waning days of Rhodesia, David grew up as his homeland transitioned into the nation of Zimbabwe. While most families left, Fergusson stayed to weather the difficulty for a further 26 years before finally ending up in Zambia where he currently resides.