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Braithwaite and Hardin are passionate idealists who deeply believe in their crusades, but their strengths are their weaknesses, and in the cauldron of modern Africa, circumstances conspire with their flaws to cause their sense of mission to curdle into self-righteous zealotry and greed, leading them to conspiracy and murder.
This is a novel with plenty of action, three strong romances, two of them interracial, and some wonderful characters: bush pilots, Sudanese warlords, an Englishwoman straight out of Out of Africa, and an ambitious CNN reporter. Caputo has a strong sense of his chosen territory, and the result is a novel that is gripping and thoughtful - a cautionary tale for Americans of the 21st century.
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By JOHN F KANARY on 01-26-17
Interesting side of the situation in Sudan
Interesting characters and dialog.
Not sure why the title. Not a very spiritually insightful book, almost anti-faith or spiritual babies having an adventure in the heart of darkness. I was hoping for a Machine Gun Preacher type of victory of faith.
Overall it was an interesting story of the goings on of a war torn country trying to find itself.
By Peter on 06-16-15
Overlong and Dull
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Those fans of Philip Caputo's Vietnam memoir, A Rumor of War, will not find the same taut prose and carefully chosen phrasing in this overlong effort. This book is self-indulgent in the way of a New Yorker magazine article--nothing is deemed too tangential to be included, so the plot suffers and the listener has to plow through hours of tedium to get to the interesting stuff. There are too many characters to keep straight and certain stories are simply not integrated into the overall story. A condensed version of this book would, oddly, have a better impact, although if you are interested in learning everything you could possibly know about the problems in the Sudan, this is the book for you. Caputo is a journalist, and this is more a report than a novel. As for the vocal performance, it was outstanding, so that's a plus.