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A Jew in the German colonial army in Kamerun adopts Josef Nana Njike and takes him to Germany. While in Germany, Josef studies Agronomy. He later returns to Kamerun after a failed attempt to marry his first love, and without their son, Hans. Josef is a man with unusual strengths and makes unprecedented sacrifices while building his business empire. He confronts the realities of colonial rule without the protection of his benefactor, grapples with the bizarre challenges of French rule, and loses his favorite son without losing his vision for his people. Hans escapes from Nazi Germany to Kamerun to meet his father and new family. He created the third generation of the Njike family in a land with a mysterious way of transforming heroes to victims and villains to masters. The zest for life, the search for its true meaning, and the unequivocal love for family weave the characters into this spellbinder.
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Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. PROLOGUE The Assyrians were the creation of the devil. They sowed confusion for posterity following their conquest and enslavement of the northern ten tribes that constituted the breakaway kingdom of Israel. That era is a curse to historical revelation because we are yet to unravel the fate of those tribes after the Assyrians migrated from their Middle Eastern homeland. Excerpt from the diary of a Christian crusader in the Holy Land while on a mission to trace the historical origins of Europeans. The Alemanis, the Burgundians, the Franks, the Goths, the Huns, the Lombards, the Saxons, the Teutons and the Vandals became feeble in their rules after they set their slaves free. These former slaves would settle the rich lands of Europe in the years to come. Even so, a slave is a slave. The slave is always inferior in the eyes of the master. The master is the supreme. Despite the vicissitude of history, the master is destined to lord it over the slave in perpetuity. His reign is infinite. Excerpt from the unpublished work of a controversial eighteenth century German historian and philosopher.