WHERE WITCH BIRDS FLY

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In the twilight of the Cold War, a strange and horrific civil war erupted in Sierra Leone that would ultimately lead to a UN War Crimes Tribunal for Crimes Against Humanity.  Harkins’ novel 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 to the point that a brutal insurrection breaks out at last.

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In the twilight of the Cold War, a strange and horrific civil war erupted in Sierra Leone that would ultimately lead to a UN War Crimes Tribunal for Crimes Against Humanity. 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.

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Author

Eugene Harkins

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Clarity Press

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3 reviews for WHERE WITCH BIRDS FLY

  1. ROBERT SAKOWSKY

    I found this novel to be very well written with a knowledgeable insight likely born of the author’s experience and familiarity with the events behind the sad headlines coming out of West Africa over the past 25 years or so.

    A marvelous story, well researched and well written. I enjoyed it most thoroughly. It drew me in, giving me a feeling of being a part of the narrative and for me that has always been the hallmark of a good story.

    I look forward to reading his next novel. ROBERT SAKOWSKY

  2. MELISSA GRAY

    I really enjoyed this read. I learned a lot about the history of Sierra Leone and the beautiful details of the setting connected me to the story and its characters. It has a driving plot that intrigued me and the characters are very well developed over the course of the novel. I would highly recommend this book. MELISSA GRAY

  3. EILEEN O’BRIEN

    I CHOSE THIS BOOK TO READ OUT OF CURIOSITY. AS I WAS READING THIS NOVEL I FELT THE AUTHORS ATTITUDE TOWARD THE CHARACTERS COME INTO PLAY FROM THE BEGINNING. THERE WAS A VERY SIGNIFICANT INFLUENCE TO THE CULTURE OF THE CHARACTERS. IT WAS A VERY POWERFUL, SUSPENSEFUL AND INTRIGUING STORY. I ENJOYED THE LINGO AND DIALOGUE THE AUTHOR USED, IT WAS VERY WELL SUITED TO THE STORY. A WELL WRITTEN NOVEL THAT KEPT YOUR INTEREST TO THE VERY END. EILEEN O’BRIEN

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