Stuart Ford does a magnificent job of projecting James’ struggle with his inner fears of inadequacy, his intense loves, and his wariness of the other Emma who pursues him. I particularly loved the masculine voice of Emma’s Camp. This book, full of adventure, gave me a peek into the heart of Africa and her hostile social problems and prejudices. It is a story of lasting love, and how James copes with his personal loss. I highly recommend it.
Queen of Candelore and Rite of Passage
Mr. Ford stays true to his characters and introduces us to a new aspect of the African culture. The characters go through their own tough times and we find out why Andrew was so gung ho to help James out in the first book. There is a lot of weaving around and even a trip to London to keep up the interest in James’ continuing story, not to mention money for Emma’s Army. Omar and his men are still around and causing trouble and James has figured out a way to handle him. He even figured out a way to make it rain again. Just remember all this takes place on Africa and Mother Africa will extract a price, even from her adopted son
I liked the story and I was glad that Mr. Ford didn’t spend a lot of time retelling the Lost in Africa. I really liked Chui and would like to have spent more time getting to know him, but I think that tells a lot about the story. It is kind of like when you go to a good party and meet a lot of new people, but only when you get home do you realize that you should have spent more time with this person than that person. I definitely recommend this book and look forward to Mr. Ford’s future endeavors.
Round Table Reviews
Although reading Lost in Africa is not mandatory, it will give you a more detailed background into previous tragedies and will help to give this novel a greater depth of meaning. By all means, read both!
Africa is a brutal continent and its stories not always easy to take. If you get queasy watching National Geographic, this book is not for you. This is a beautifully written story of life… and death… in a land that is both breathtaking… and deadly. Kudos to Stuart Ford for another good read… and a brilliant conclusion.
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, two Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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, a short travelogue, All Clogged up in Waikiki, published by Synergise and an honorable mention in an Open Short Story Competition (Australia) for The Watchers.