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MALAIKA [Kindle Edition]

Van Heerling
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A middle-aged man with the crushing weight of his American past seeks peace and a simpler life in rural Kenya. Armed with only his smokes and coffee he discovers a friendship with the most unlikely of friends--a lioness he rightfully names Malaika ("Angel" in Swahili). But she is no ordinary lioness nor is he an ordinary man. Between them they share a gift. But not all embrace their bond and some seek to sever it. Discover this new world rich in human truth and sensibility.

To date this novella has been downloaded more than 55,000 times. Here is what people are saying about MALAIKA. 

"BEAUTIFUL & HAUNTING..."

"Outstanding!"

"Immense and breathtaking."

"Hauntingly moving."

"Profound, thought-provoking, haunting."

"Simply stunning."

"Stunningly Beautiful."

"Wonderful, haunting & compelling."

"Captivating."

"Excruciatingly beautiful."

"Magical."

"An Extraordinary Story."

"An incredibly touching story!!!"

"This is why we read."
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I am not sure that I can adequately describe what a great book this is. It is a book that should become a highly acclaimed classic and be required reading in every school. I have read it twice already. ~Carol in Ohio 
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I'm afraid I will not be able to do this amazing novella justice in my review. To put it short, MALAIKA was quite simply beautiful and haunting. It is a powerful story woven by the author in masterful prose--one that is thought provoking and speaks of the power of forgiveness. This is by far the best piece of literature, under full novel length, I have EVER read, and I cannot wait to read this author's next work. ~Author T.M Souders
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Soulful yet primal, mystical and hauntingly moving - Malaika is a wonderfully memorable novel [novella] which is impossible to put down. From the sweeping vistas of Africa to the richly developed characters, this work will surprise and delight. Its message is compelling, inspirational and timely. A beautiful reminder to 'tune in' to the transcendent beauty and spirit in our lives, be it found in nature or the love of friends and family. I look forward to more from this writer!
~Blogger Pondhopper
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THANK YOU readers! With well over 55,000 copies of MALAIKA downloaded, I am eternally grateful and have only unending appreciation to give. 

From the Author

I would rather live seeking my own dream and fail everyday, than to live one day pursuing someone else's dream, for which I carry no faith. ~VH~
This story is dedicated to my father. Always.

Product Details

  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 20, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GNFTIK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Malaika May 1, 2011
Format:Paperback
This novella is deceptively simple in its voice, but "Malaika" captures all the subtlety of man's need for honesty and truth in an unconditional friendship. This is more than a friendship between a man and a lioness. Their bond transcends reality into the world of dreams where communication is possible when language and prejudice prevent the simple joys of just being in this world. Thoreau's idea of "simplify, simplify, simplify!" works for the crazy American who has jetisoned his family and creature comforts and needs a catalyst (excuse the pun) in order to see that he is running away from his life rather than facing it. Emerson and Thoreau, as well as Thomas's friends in the village at the edge of the Serengeti, see what Malaika sees--that the ways of the world are cruel, troubling, and complicated. The lioness becomes a mother symbol of strength and hope for mankind even though it takes man time to see beyond his own selfish tendencies. This is a lovely book in which the simplicity of the text allows the reader to see the complexity of the human condition.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read! December 7, 2010
By dpp
Format:Paperback
For several days, I found myself completely absorbed in this novella. In fact, I actually read it twice.

Man's relationships take center stage in this story about love and the many expected and unexpected ways that it manifests itself in our lives...`Malaika' is a hartwarming, multi-faceted tale. On the surface it is a simple `read', beneath the surface It is the story of finding meaning in life when life seems to have pulled you into a shadow.

I was greatly impressed by Van Heerling's use of language and the flow of his sentences. The narrative is vivid and the dialogue is strong. The delightfully descriptive language gives one a sense of place and successfully conveys a great deal with a clear economy of words.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a cozy read about an exotic place. A story filled with stories.
I anxiously await the next work to fall off of the pen of this very talented new author.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL & HAUNTING... January 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm afraid I will not be able to do this amazing novella justice in my review. To put it short, MALAIKA was quite simply beautiful and haunting. It is a powerful story woven by the author in masterful prose--one that is thought provoking and speaks of the power of forgiveness. This is by far the best piece of literature, under full novel length, I have EVER read, and I cannot wait to read this author's next work.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! May 18, 2012
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Although I suspected the ending all along, I was both spellbound and deeply moved by the story - sometimes a writer does such a good job that you find it a little difficult to remember that this IS a work of fiction. The story is brilliantly told - I recommend it to anyone who might need a lift from life's difficulties.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging January 4, 2013
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I know there are already a bunch of reviews and no one is going to read this, but... I enjoyed the book, there are a lot of life lessons inside of a engaging story about a man and a lyon, and the man and his life. Just enough content to let your mind fill in some details that are only hinted at. If you let it this book can take you to rural Kenya.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let This One Pass You By March 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Though generally reluctant to write reviews for even those books I have found most enjoyable, I feel compelled, following the reading of MALAIKA, to ask potential (future) readers not to let this treasure of a novella slip you by...it is a gift to relish and savor...a keeper to the nth degree. The story is lyrical and fluid in the telling, and subtly powerful and profound in effect. From the first page I was captivated by the authenticity and poignancy of the first person narrative; in the pages that followed, the precious and all too human relationships, the dash of humor, the realism of emotion, and the elemental magic. This is a tale that has presence, almost a palpable presence, all too rarely found in today's fiction. I won't even hint at the book's plot; the synopsis that you have at hand should suffice. I will confess, though, that so great is the number of books I have in my "to read" pile, that some time had passed since the book's purchase when I began my reading and so I approached the story without a clue as to what it was about (something I do upon occasion). I was utterly fascinated and deeply moved, and finished it within a sitting. On my second reading of MALAIKA (yes, it is that extraordinary a story), I was fully informed and completely expectant and no less enthralled. With both readings did I find the novella an absolute jewel. I imagine you will too.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! September 9, 2013
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It is really difficult to give justice to this great work. I don't care what your genre is, read this one! By the way, don't fight the tears-just let em roll.
After reading this, do not delay in reading "Dreams of Eli" by this great author.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INTRIGUING STORY, TALENTED WRITER, AS GOOD AS IT GETS October 31, 2012
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Van Heering's wonderful little novella, MALAIKA, might become your favorite feel-good read about animal and human interaction. He claims that it is total fiction. If that's true then Heering has exceptional ability for finding the soul of realism. I finished it at one sitting and then read it again to simply enjoy the writer's insight and use of language.

A man, overwhelmed by his personal travails, sits on the edge of the Serengeti enjoying an African smoke and a cup of fragrant coffee. He tells the reader up front that he isn't going to share anything about his personal situation. He's true to his word. You learn very little about how or why he got here. He lets you know that he has "another lifetime dappled with hurt and a lost love elsewhere in the world -- I won't bore you with the details." Okay, I'm sorry to hear that but have enough travails of my own. I am eager to get on with the story about lions. I like lions.

As he's enjoying his surroundings, along comes a lioness, big and beautiful and terrifying, capable of taking his life with one snap of her massive teeth. The man is not a brave person and, in fact, empties his bladder during the encounter (as I probably would). The lion samples the smoke and a little spill of coffee, and, although still a threatening creature, seems to feel at ease with the man's presence before she ambles away.

The visits become more frequent and welcome. Over time, the relationship evolves into one of companionship and affection on the part of both animal and man. Malaika (as she is named by the man) occasionally spends the night alongside his bunk, much the same as a house cat, with his dangling hand entangled in her soft coat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
I choose this book because I read another book by this author. His writing imiganation blew me away. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Sybil M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Malaika
I enjoyed the book. Easy reading and very descriptive. Felt as though you were right there. Was very different and gave food for thought.
Published 6 days ago by Sandy Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars A book of self discovery, set in Kenya, Africa
This book, where to start? From the first to the very last paragraph it held me enthralled. Beautifully written. Read more
Published 10 days ago by lisaf
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Imagery
The only bad thing about this book is that it is so short. You'll be finished before you know it and you'll be left wanting more. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Mean, Evil, Step-Teacher
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
Fairly interesting to me but may be more so to a teen. It's an easy read for someone in a hurry to do a book report.
Published 1 month ago by B. J. Germick
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This story was truly amazing and beautifully written. It makes you think, tugs at your heart, and sends you on a journey above and beyond anything I ever expected. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jaimee J Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking story
What a thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, beautiful story. Van Heerling is one of my favorite authors. I also loved Dreams of Eli, which I read some time ago but still remember. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary
1.0 out of 5 stars schmalzy
Not worth the price, which I think was.... free. Contrived and dopey. It says I need to add words, but really I have said enough already.
Published 2 months ago by Lithel
5.0 out of 5 stars A story no one would want to miss -- very emotional at the end.
This was a story that grabbed my interest from the first page. Very poignant tale. At the end, a tear jerker that literally pulled the tears from my eyes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by peg jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five
I was not sure about this book at first; to simple and reached out there! Bit as I read on I was glad I did! Very touching. Thank you for a goog read.
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I would rather live seeking my own dream and fail everyday, than to live one day pursuing someone else's dream, for which I carry no faith. ~VH~


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