- File Size: 558 KB
- Print Length: 237 pages
- Publisher: Sigint Press; 1 edition (December 29, 2009)
- Publication Date: December 29, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003NHRDSO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,355,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Asgaard: A Novel of Africa Kindle Edition
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With the passing of Nelson Mannela south Africa is going to go back to trible warfare they had before the Europs out cast made it a true country .. .... But T.I.A. !
As Rudyard Kipleing said in the late 1800s . White mans burdon !
I will never set foot back there but read the book an welcome to my nightmares.
The author, D. Alan Johnson, is intriguing himself. If he writes from personal experience or from the experience of contract pilots that he knew, and he does, then those historical stories that he tells through the veil of fiction should be, and are, an enjoyable way to spend an evening or two. I got hold of his paper back Asgaard. I treasure sleep, but his book deprived me of some. Perhaps there should be printed on the cover some U. S. Surgeon General’s warning that reading this may be injurious to your health.
I will not disclose here the plot of this book. That appears in other reviews. Suffice it to say that one of the book’s characters is a pilot. The author’s descriptions of the aviation component of the story are sufficient to convey to a non-pilot the non-technical aspects of what is involved in the equipment and operation of aircraft included in the story without leaving those knowledgeable in aviation with the feeling that the author is writing down to them. That is not an easy or prolific writing skill. The author achieves a pleasant balance in his style.
This book’s setting is in the Congo and its current geographic configurations and territories. War torn, who knows what those configurations will be in the future. Ambrose Bierce once wrote that “War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.” This book will teach a little geography of Africa in 2009. The Congolese Civil Wars, which began in 1996, ultimately involved nine African nations, multiple groups of UN peacekeepers and twenty armed groups, and resulted in the deaths of 5.4 million people. The greatest death loss since World War II.
I enjoyed the book enough that I downloaded to read the author’s two previous works of fiction: Arauca: A Novel of Colombia and The Grace Bay Agreement. In fact, I enjoyed the author’s writing style enough that I also downloaded to read his non-fiction accomplishments: Get a Job From the Inside Out and Secrets of Buying and Selling Used Equipment. If an author can span such diverse genre, then I will spend some time with him. I do not believe that even Hemingway ever took on the task of writing about used equipment, although we know now that Cuba is proliferate with at least old American cars.
This 239-page adventure features characters that work as private military contractors that interact in political settings in the Congo and internal African power brokers.
Matai is an Africa mining area code named "Asgaard" by corporate America in reference to the home of the Norse Gods. Eighty percent of Coltan, also known as tantalum is located in Eastern Congo. Tantalum is used in nearly every modern electronic device and it has quadrupled in price over the last four months from 400 to 1,600 dollars a kilo. Rudy Munoz, founder of the multibillion dollar Ramunda Corporation supplier of Tantalum sends Bixby Wilson to Africa to find out why.
The bastard son of Andrew Vanderholden, a South African mining executive working in Matai, Francois Orgumba N'daulu rose from 20 year old Kung Fu Zaire national champion to graduate of military school to officer in the Congolese Democracy and 11 years later to commander of an army of over 2,500 with ambition to become President of the Congo. He has amassed enormous wealth and power through his ruthless control of the mines and specifically Tantalum.
Asgaard is the story of greed and the struggle of Ramunda Corporation and its agents to over throw N'daulu and control the raw product of its trade.
Besides Bixby Wilson, his body guard Zacheus and General N'daulu many other interesting characters including N'daulu's beautiful wife, Angelica, her servant Maura, imprisoned missionary Dolph Zimmerhanzel, prison commander Seko Seki M'Bai, private military contractor pilot Camilo Quartalino and others are well developed and fodder for possible sequels.
Asgaard was an enjoyable, believable and informative novel by an author with a unique perspective to bring this quick paced exciting adventure to life. Enjoy!
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I would highly recommend the novel to any adventure seeking type or anyone looking for a gripping story.