Set against a present-day backdrop of civil unrest in Africa, The Last Elephant Hunter is a story about two families, one black, one white, whose lives interweave over a period of two years as the disorder worsens.
In unflinching plot-driven prose, the story moves from an attack on Winsbert and Elizabeth Collins' farm by Chakijane and Jacob Gabanya during the early days of simmering tensions, to a period two years later when the country is in a state of complete chaos and fragmentation. The Collins and Gabanya families continue to collide with each-other during this escalation, testing whether compassion can prevail over political ruptures.
Racial division, the ethics of hunting, sexual violence and child soldiers as weapons of war - these relevant, contemporary themes crisscross with a young man's explosive journey into manhood, and a mother's desperate search for her missing son, despite the horrifying consequences of her defiance and bravery.
In the spring of 1941, nineteen-year-old John Cooper asks sixteen-year-old Nora Warden to marry him. After she instructs him to "grow up first," he joins the Army Air Corps. Stationed at Hickam Field, the air base adjacent to Pearl Harbor, John survives the devastation of December 7. The aftermath of the attack only begins his odyssey through the South Pacific, four years that burden him with guilt and shame. Returning home as a wearied man, John seeks to start a family with Nora, but the young couple confronts hardships intensified by the harrowing memories both carry from their pasts. Amid the unrest of the Cold War and John's worries about the arms race, he and Nora find solace in raising their daughter, Cassie. But it is not until the impact of September 11 leaves John's grandson, Johnny DeRosa, overrun with anguish and despair that John fully comprehends how the sacrifices of his generation will have a profound influence on the decisions his grandson makes. The Sky Buries All Sorrow is a riveting, momentous novel that bridges Pearl Harbor with 9/11 and examines how those two tragic events changed the world and shaped the lives of one family over three generations. From the pivotal battles in the Pacific to the homesteads outside of Pittsburgh, and from the beaches of Southern California to the desert terrain of the Nevada Test Site, it is an unforgettable family saga and an intimate story of personal struggle and the challenges of enduring love. In the same vivid fashion as his first novel, The Ramos Brothers Trust Castro and Kennedy, Roger DeBlanck's second novel explores the lives of an array of fascinating characters. The narrative also brings back Juan and Alberto Ramos, as the brothers and their father, Florencio, make appearances in The Sky Buries All Sorrow.
FROM THE SERIES OF CAMILA FAMILY SAGA
"CAMILA" Novel 1
A Novel by Marie Battaglia.
A Thriller family saga that begins in the 1800's. First of the Series.
How many more dark secrets will Camila discover?
"A teen in war-torn Italy after the fall of Mussolini. Family members had fought on both sides of the conflict.
She was a young orphan living with a sick relative. She didn't know who her family was or were she came from. A determined young lady that struggles through innumerable conflicts. Her life was endangered, her goals seemed impossible and her discoveries shocking. A Novel of Romance, Mystery and Suspense,".
"With the Invasion of Sicily in 1943 against the forces of Axis, and the disaster of so many people and so many deaths, hunger was the most desperate need. I had to hide behind so much destruction to get to the hospital"
"Sometimes I think that Alessandra does not have scruples, she does things that a woman of her age and of this society would not do for anything in the world, but she is quite an exception"
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"WOUNDS OF THE PAST"
"Camila Family Saga Series Book 2"
by Marie Battaglia.