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Product Details

  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478353155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478353157
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,481,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Jacobsen is a C-17 pilot in the U.S. Air Force and a Middle East Regional Affairs Specialist. He has flown missions to more than 25 countries, speaks Arabic, and studied Conflict Resolution in Jordan. Mark enjoys imaginative, character-driven fiction, and his own writing reflects his interests in politics and international affairs. He is the winner of the 2000 Asimov Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. He lives in northern California with his wife and three children. Follow Mark online at www.buildingpeace.net or @jacobsenmd.

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Mark Jacobsen is a C-17 pilot in the U.S. Air Force and a Middle East Regional Affairs Specialist. He has flown missions to more than 25 countries, speaks Arabic, and studied Conflict Resolution in Jordan. Mark enjoys imaginative, character-driven fiction, and his own writing reflects his interests in politics and international affairs. He is the winner of the 2001 Asimov Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. He lives in northern California with his wife and three children. Follow Mark online and subscribe to his mailing list at www.buildingpeace.net or @jacobsenmd.

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I am looking forward to this author's next effort.
Bradley Bass
The novel is emotionally gripping and is well worth the small Kindle cost and the time you will spend reading it.
Andrew Greenberg
The plotting is good and detailed, and the character development is excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamil on September 21, 2012
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Perhaps its best quality, Lords of Harambee is as timeless and profound as the Wordsworth quote that commences the novel. In addition to being a highly introspective work intertwined with international relations, political theory, conflict resolution, civil-military relations, aviation, technology, religion, and leadership, the saga offers classic elements of storytelling that would please a wide audience: adventure, love, betrayal, suspense, and more. Although the tale takes place in the distant future, in the spirit of Orwell, Zamyatin, and Huxley, it is a profound commentary on the world we live in today. Indeed, it would be great to see this novel stacked up in paperback versions at bookstores across the globe--not as a sign of success, but as mere console that people are thinking deeply about the complexity of issues introduced in the book. Without reservation, I give this novel my highest recommendation.

As for the mechanics, Jacobsen's writing is lucid and fluid, making for quite a page-turner. The characters in the novel are properly introduced, adequately developed, and their separate stories are incrementally brought together throughout the book. One by one, Jacobsen allows his readers to explore the world through the eyes of many diverse characters contributing to an overall sense of moral ambiguity when one ventures beyond the individual trees to view the convoluted forest that is the world we occupy. Additionally, Jacobsen includes an intriguing amount of symbolism and irony in the carefully selected names and numbers used throughout the narrative.

One of the more appealing themes in the novel is something resembling eternal recurrence, or the idea that human beings will continue to make the same grave mistakes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David A Davenport on October 9, 2012
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Reading "The Lords of Harambee" was a privilege. Far from the well-trodden (and oft overused) cliches of traditional Sci-Fi, the book was gripping from the start, and presents an immersive, intricate world that is complex, yet easy to grasp. I found myself sympathizing with the characters, angry at the opposition, and entirely engrossed with the struggles of the troubled world presented in the story. What a ride!

I highly recommend this book and will definitely be reading it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Proteus on October 19, 2012
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I am liking the book a lot so far. I am only about half way through it, but one of the things I keep wondering is what the Author's politics are like. It is difficult to tell, because in a story about a civil war that looks a lot like what we see in some of the UN protectorates int he 20th and 21st centuries, there are a lot of political angles one might take. There are so many characters involved of very wide-ranging views, and the author does quite a good job of treating them all with a good amount of sensitivity to how the people would actually think about themselves and what they are doing. It is impressive so far. That having been said, the book is getting extremely brutal, as one would expect if, again, the author is trying to paint the portrait without bias. I am looking forward to the ending.

Incidentally, I bought this book because of the reviews. I was expecting it to be a bit of a tedious slog and hence I avoided reading it for awhile. I was wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Phillips on October 2, 2012
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This is an extremely well written novel, as fine as any 'polished' novel by a major publisher. If you enjoy a great story and plot with excellent writing, I recommend this novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Greenberg on September 28, 2012
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It is almost a shame that this book is science fiction, since it will limit its potential audience. You won't come across many novels that have such strong characters that raise so many interesting moral issues. Even the protagonists that you think will be one dimensional stereotype evolve and grow in interesting ways.

On top of that it is an outstanding military thriller. It has plenty of action, suspense, politics and fun stuff. The novel is emotionally gripping and is well worth the small Kindle cost and the time you will spend reading it.

I see sales are not strong, but I hope this does not discourage Mark Jacobsen from writing another novel. I for one can't wait to read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily on August 2, 2012
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I loved this book! Even though it is classified as sci-fi and military, it covers so many issues. The characters are extremely well formed and anyone would enjoy the story. I was continually surprised by the imaginative new tech ideas that were in the story. Both the plot and the characters have stayed with me since reading it and I am always wishing I had a "mindcomp."
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