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Eteka: Rise of the Imamba

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"The Cold War sets the stage for various proxy wars, nationalist movements, and covert missions across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Out of the tumult will emerge a warrior. Though his heart is in the right place, he knows that he must make a tough decision that will determine his fate-and the fate of generations to come."

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Paperback, 558 pages
Published April 11th 2016 by Musings Press
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May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy reading Ben Hinson's publications/blog on where he talks about history, architecture etc etc from countries around the world, so I knew this novel would have a multicultural aspect to it. This is especially unique, considering most of the action adventure/historical fiction novels of merit that have a Cold War aspect to them and featuring Africa and Asia and are promoted in traditional media are almost all written by white authors (e.g.Frederick Forsyth, Robert Ludlum, John Gr ...more
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I learned about this book as I follow Ben Hinson's publications on If you haven't seen his writing there I recommend you do; he covers many interesting subjects ranging from architecture, history, food, business insights etc. This novel is a fine piece of work. I would even venture to call it a masterpiece. It's a collection of stories that center around three main characters: a prostitute and her movements through Nigeria's criminal underworld in the 1990s, an African mercenary with ...more
Larry C.
I have been following Ben Hinson ever since he started this Eteka project back in 2008, and its been a pleasure watching this novel and the supporting content Ben created around it grow to what it is today. Hats off to Ben for the tremendous effort. This novel is a big read, but well worth it. It has good pace, and the multiple story-lines in the book mesh quite well. While most ethnic authors I have read tend to focus on one country, this book takes the reader on a ride that takes place over mu ...more
Joy Grey
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just completed reading the book, and I can't wait for part 2. I read 40% of the book in one day, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Amazing the parallels between Yisa and Eteka. Lots of details, and I just liked how the story evolved. Eteka: Rise of the Imamba is well written, insightful, and captivating! The author takes us on a nice journey into what happens when our conscience begins to impact our ability to do the wrong things for money. Looking forward to reading the next installment! ...more
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: History lovers, Action adventure lovers, thriller lovers
Where do I begin...the Cold War sets the stage for this unique novel based on three main characters: two killers and a prostitute and a host of secondary colorful characters that are all connected. Most of the book takes place across Africa (there were a few scenes set in London, New York and Detroit). There are tons of themes covered throughout the entire novel, and each of the main characters struggles with a dilemma of some sort, which made it easy for me to get invested in them. There are "h ...more
James Badesto
An excellent, ambitious and important book. Hands down the best book I have read this year so far. An absolute culture feast: gangsters and hitmen meeting on beautiful Moroccan beaches, a shootout in Indonesia, car chases in Nigeria, fight scenes in Algeria, South Africa, New York; that's just a small taste of what this book contains, all interwoven with so much history and some really great economic and leadership insights on African development that Ben Hinson cleverly slips in. There are tons ...more
Janelle Burt
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Monica **can't read fast enough**
I'm going to let this one go for the time being. I'm only on page 132 and I've been picking this up and putting it down for three days. That's way too long without getting further into the story. I LOVE the idea of this story and the premise is amazing, but I am having trouble with the dialogue. It's not flowing smoothly for me at all. I want to give this one another go later on, but for now I can't really force myself to continue, therefore no rating on this one. ...more
Jay Ruiz
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The subject matter and concept behind of Ben Hinson’s Eteka: Rise of the Imamba roused my interest immediately. Without giving too much away, the book is essentially a series of interconnected stories that revolve around the birth and transformation of a professional African mercenary/assassin organization known as Imamba. Although told in a non-chronological fashion, the narrative centers on the drift of the organization away from its idealistic roots and how the characters (with a significant, ...more
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of this book for my unbiased opinion


First off I want to say, even though it is not related to the book itself – The author, Ben Hinson, is a great man. He is interesting, wonderfully nice, and has been very patient waiting for me to actually write this review. You should try this book out simply for the fact that you are supporting a wonderful human being.

Now on to the actual book and the reading experience. I absolutely enjoyed this book. I gave Eteka a 5 out
Darkseid The
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Blackwater meets Bourne Identity with an African twist" is the best way I can describe this book in one sentence. Mercenaries have been a central part of conflicts around the world, and in Africa in particular they've played a central albeit unseen role in many wars. When it comes to Africa, most of the mercenary groups we tend to hear about are Caucasian mercenaries from established outfits like South Africa's Blackwater and so on. Not much is mentioned on African/black mercenaries (even as to ...more
First the "bad" (these are subjective and solely based on my preferences): it's a dialogue heavy book, which gets a little tedious in some areas. I also thought some of the French usage in the beginning was strange. But all that did not stop me from enjoying and appreciating this very "different" book that could fit into a number of genres. It has the historical/political nature of a Forsyth story, the action adventure tendencies of a Cussler, Fleming or Coontz novel, the crime fiction and ethni ...more
Stephan Grukin
Reading this book reminded me of John Lee Anderson’s and Alberto Granada’s non-fiction books on Che Guevarra and any of the books on the Cold War in Africa by Elizabeth Schmidt and Madeleine Kalb, perhaps meshed with the action adventure you would find in a classic Forsyth or Clancy novel. It is an exciting action adventure book written in an epic format with great plot sequences and character reveals, but it is also a literary novel in every sense of the word based on the off-mainstream topics ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A few scenes in the book had references to African development, those were some of my personal favorites. Loved the chapters where the teacher character shows off the students at the school and talks about industry and innovative concepts like solar energy (especially relevant as today Nigeria is trying to diversify its economy). Also immensely loved the Indonesia chapter, I thought that chapter in particular was simply genius, with all the cameos of historical figures like Nehru and Richard Wri ...more
Eliezer Sarpong
I just finished this book, and wanted to post a review while my thoughts on it are still fresh. I taught history in my native Ghana and in the past taught African studies in the UK and Germany, and I have a particular fascination with events that transpired during the Cold War especially with regards to Africa and Latin America. Ben Hinson has a number of blogs on a variety of subjects. I came across this book while perusing through his architecture website, and was immediately intrigued. War no ...more
Isabella Bloom
I had the pleasure to immerse myself in this wonderful, complex story that spawns across countries and eras. The richness of the setting plus all the research that went into it makes this great reading experience, in which not only was I entertained, but I also learned a lot about African history which is a great bonus for me!

I articulate my feelings better in this spoiler free review I posted on my youtube channel:

If you're a fan of historical fiction an
Art Sippo
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new adventure series!

Action, adventure, and the dawn of moral reckoning among African mercenaries set on the backdrop of the last 50 years of Cold War tension. Quite a story and the beginning of a great new series.
Casca Amanquah Hackman
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: african-fiction
Just Wow
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not a massive fan of historical fiction but still enjoyed this overall. I loved the cultural details that had been included (and explained) and feeling it all 'come together' at the end was great. Whilst not my genre of choice, I can see those who enjoy this style of book will love it.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Krutika Puranik
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eteka - Rise of the Imamba.
Thank you so much @etekaonthemove for sending this review copy.
This book is the best thing I've read in recent times. Eteka is the story that has been divided into two segments ; The cold war and post cold war era. The stories are interlinked by many characters and talks in detail about African, American and Asian histories which honestly impressed me quite a bit.
During the Cold War times, the author talks about the rise of an African brotherhood called The Imamba w
Stephanie (That's What She Read)
I received this book by the author in exchange for a review. The book is a historical fiction thriller that takes place during the Cold War and spans many countries and timelines. The author told me he is currently working on making this a graphic novel which I think is great, because I thought the dialogue was a bit expository and self-aware at times (which is fine in graphic novels.) It was fast-paced and easy to read even though I'm not sure I'm the intended audience. I appreciated all of the ...more
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
The book was a surprisingly fun read within a genre I don't usually explore. Eteka is a historical fiction novel following a mercenary during the cold war era. It takes place at several continents (mainly Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas). The protagonist is part of a brotherhood known as the Imamba and is slowly but surely begining to question the nature of his missions. There are many things I enjoyed about this book. Mainly its fast pace and the level of detail that was put into it in re ...more
Jody Lintz
I originally gave this book 4 stars, then I changed my mind and gave it a 5. My only hesitation was because I wish the few sex scenes in the book were a bit spicier (lol). But with that being said, this is an amazing book. I've read a few African authors like Ishmael Beah, Teju Cole, Chimmamanda Adichie, and so on, and in my mind two books that have some similarities would be Ayi Kwei Armah's The Resolutionaries and Uzodinma Iweala's Beasts of No Nation. Ben Hinson's work is so much more. He tak ...more
Jurgen Fredhoeser
Ben Hinson's complex historical puzzle that is Eteka: Rise of the Imamba is a remarkable achievement, and a very important book for many reasons. In addition to being a great set of connected stories covering many important events in history, it is filled with riddles and surprises that may force you the reader to read it more than once. It's also written in a style that is colorful and very original (one chapter places you in an Ethiopian desert in the middle of a fight, the next takes you a la ...more
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