by James J. Caterino (Goodreads Author)
These books contain profanity, graphic violence, and some sexual situations. Reader discretion is advised.
From the back cover copy:
Caitlin Star’s first solo outing shocked readers with its relentless, nihilistic, and graphic take on the YA dystopian genre. Now, this riveting stand-alone sequel launches the unforgettable action figure femme into the realm of mythic superhero. Caitlin Star and the Guardian of Forever is a colorful, exotic, brutal, exhilarating, action-packed adventure novel with shades of Tomb Raider, Indiana Jones, and Tarzan of the Apes.
Caitlin is a warrior trained by Gunner Star in the ways of the Bull Mongoni, a mythic species of hominids that lived long ago. The Bull Mongoni philosophy is to strengthen the mind and the flesh, to protect the earth and its creatures, and to fight for those who have no voice. When Yellowstone Park was under siege by the Big Oil Mafia and North America held hostage by right-wing extremist President Tony Perkins and his Moral Authority militias, Caitlin Star led a revolution. She and her warriors protected the National Parks, defeated Perkins and his self righteous goons, and restored free-thinking to America.
It was but a temporary victory. Backed by the billionaire Cantor brothers and under the guise of a new charismatic leader, Senator Ben Cross of Texas, the Moral Authority has spent the last two years growing stronger. Now they have teamed up with a para-military gang known as the White Hand, have taken control of Central Africa, and are intent on destroying the only remaining patch of pristine rain forest on Earth—a place known as The Last Eden.
When a cross river gorilla is sadistically murdered, Caitlin is called into action by Azrael—a.k.a. the Black Knight—a fellow Bull Mongoni warrior with roots in the Congo. Now she must defeat the White Hand, battle the militia of a ruthless Uganda dictator, and face down a mysterious figure who is manipulating everything behind the scenes for a devious purpose that will threaten every living thing on earth.
It is up to Caitlin Star to save a paradise, free a continent, and rescue the entire planet itself. Caitlin Star is our last hope. [close]
by Kristin Louise Duncombe (Goodreads Author)
Excerpts from reviews:
From STORYCIRCLE: "Medecins Sans Frontieres doctors—Doctors Without Borders—are surely modern day cowboys, adventurers, and heroes. We imagine them out in extreme conditions, dodging bullets, battling germs with every weapon at hand, containing epidemics with the most basic of materials available. Modern day heroes...but could you imagine being married to Superman?
Trailing is Kristin Louise Duncombe's story of doing just that. She enters into the marriage knowing that she will be putting aside her own plans for a career to "trail" after her husband Tano, but underestimates the devastating effect it will have on her psyche. They are promised a "safe" posting due to their married state, but safety is relative. In Africa they face cholera and Ebola breakouts as well as a devastating carjacking that leaves Duncombe reeling, trying to find firm footing in a world that suddenly seems frightening and overwhelming. This is the story of her journey into the unknown and back, of her struggle to hold onto, then redefine and reshape, her self and her marriage in a better image.
Duncombe's memoir is not a travelogue about Kenya or Uganda. It doesn't tell us a lot about what things look like, or what everyday life is like in Africa. Instead of being a memoir of a place or a time, it is a story of an inner journey, of breaking up and breaking down and seeking to put the pieces back together to create something whole, and new and good. Does she make it? Read it, and find out for yourself."
"Kristin Louise Duncombe's `Trailing' tells the story of a young woman's journey into her personal heart of darkness - not just her move to Africa, where she accompanies her husband, a dashing Argentinian doctor with Medecins Sans Frontieres, but also her plunge into the dark night of her soul as she struggles, against hugely intimidating odds, to become the woman she wants to be. Duncombe's plucky and occasionally graphic account of this globe-trotting struggle takes us to Nairobi, where she and her husband are assaulted by gun-wielding carjackers, to Mombasa, where she witnesses an encampment of people desperately ill with cholera (it's like a hospital scene from `Gone With the Wind'), and on to Kampala, where she finds work as a public health counselor. Tough questions pepper this account of a trailing spouse, all of them colored by the fact that her husband is devoting his life to saving the poorest of the poor, a factor that makes it hard for her to contest his choices and consider her own. Is it because he is working so hard that he is insensitive to her distress? That their marriage becomes increasingly rocky even as she gives birth to their first child, a beloved daughter? As Duncombe faces life-and-death challenges practically on a daily basis, she slowly gains understanding of her own strengths and abilities, and learns how to forge a satisfying life in her own right. But will the couple make it? Read the book to find out. You won't regret it, for this is a riveting page-turner of a memoir, Duncombe's first published literary work. Let's hope that more from Kristin Louise Duncombe is on the way."
Meg Bortin, author of Desperate to Be A Housewife and Dear Djeneba [close]
by Lisa Maria Burgess (Goodreads Author), Abdul M Gugu
Juma and Little Sungura: Juma finally gets the baby sister he has wished for, and entertains her with his favorite activities. This fir…more
Juma and Little Sungura: Juma finally gets the baby sister he has wished for, and entertains her with his favorite activities. This first book introduces Tanzania, explaining naming traditions and the ki-Swahili words for family members (and crab). [close]
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