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Red Ground: The Forgotten Conflict: Massacres in Sierra Leone Paperback – April 3, 2017
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About the Author
Amazon bestselling author, Ken Fry, holds a university Master's Degree in Literature and has extensively traveled around the world. The places and events are reflected in his stories and most of his tales are based on his own experiences. He was a former publisher before deciding to retire and devote his full time to writing. He now lives in the UK and shares his home with 'Dickens' his Shetland Sheepdog. Fry has published 7 suspense thrillers with more to be released in 2017. Red Ground, The Lazarus Succession, Suicide Seeds, The Brodsky Affair, Dying Days, and 2 short stories, Check Mate and Is That You, Jim? Join Ken Fry's Circle of Readers and get free books and discounts: http://www.booksbykenfry.com
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This is quite a departure from Fry's usual, international, spy-style thrillers, Fry has, in Red Ground given us an up close and very personal look at a fictionalized version of a horrific atrocity that was the civil war in Sierra Leone. In many ways this is a military, action book and yet it is so much more. Fry takes us inside the minds of the combatants and shows us that even in the most evil of places, humanity can still rise to the fore.
This is, I suspect, a very personal story and I felt the pain and angst of Fry's main characters, the British mercenaries who were recruited to protect a despicable, insane and evil despot, who would be King. This is a similar story to many, that sadly can be seen reflected all over the African continent, since Colonial days. The colonists may have departed, but their greed and lust for Africa's abundant riches of oil and diamonds still remains.
I would rate Red Ground up there with any other book on the African, conflict experience. Blood Diamonds Indeed!
Red Ground is a masterpiece of its genre, but not for the faint of heart.
I loved it.
Red Ground is a suspenseful thriller that reveals the dark side of humanity driven by greed. Although a work of fiction, it is based on actual events brought about by governmental corruption, motivational greed of big business, mercenaries, and a sadistic, psychopathic rebel leader surrounding the lustful desire for money and power afforded by Africa's Blood Diamonds and abundance of oil.
The story center's on a RUF's (Revolutionary United Front) leader's sadistic forced slavery, mutilations, amputations and other horrific methods of torture and murder, the UK's corrupt governmental officials that turned a blind eye to the carnage in support of a UK mining company's efforts to financially support the rebel leader in exchange for mining and drilling rights retaining a large percentage of the profits. Astronomical financial gains, power and prestige were the rewards of the victors. Wedged in the middle of these three entities is a group of military misfits; mercenaries on a mission to protect General "Body Chop" Walker, the RUF's psychopathic leader. Walker was determined to one day establish his own one party state and eventually become king of his new rich nation. The ex-militaries were faced with a difficult choice once they learned the real purposed behind their mission. They must choose between their taunting moral ethics and their own need for financial reprieve. Enroute to their final destination the mercenaries were attacked numerous times by savage, renegade RUF groups. They witnessed unfathomable carnage everywhere; body parts, blood, gray matter. All testifying to the level of evil humanity had fallen. They realize the fate of the world restsed on their shoulders. Emotions in this book range from love and heartache to extreme disgust and murderous rage in both the characters themselves and the reader.
Red Ground is action packed. A fast read revealing horrors beyond imagination. Whether in the UK or West Africa continuity is maintained. The in depth characterization is masterful. The vivid imagery of the battle scenes will have you ducking for cover. We have all heard of the Blood Diamond inhumanities and were appalled at what we heard but Ken's book brings this evil to life so colorfully my heart skipped a beat more than once. Red Ground is a well written, well researched, eye-opening, frightening account of how cynical humanity can become. It is evidence as to why we must know and learn from our history. There were a few insignificant wording and/or typo errors in the last quarter of the book that did not curb the intensity or pace of the story. I would suggest an edit before any reprints. Otherwise, Red Ground is a great read.
Tina Mari Combs,
TMC Author Services, LLC
Thank you Ken for a 5* action packed read.
The brutality of the RUF’s leader, General Walker, otherwise known as “Body Chop” is not for the faint of heart. There is one part where mercenaries come across a scene that is vial and goes to show the heartless manner that Walker will go. Fry gets you in the heads of the characters and you truly feel what each one is going through. I found Walker to be the most fascinating due to his brutal manner, and his teachings to his son, Lamin, on how to handle disobedience.
This is one of the best crafted, and well written books I’ve read. The story will grip your heart, test your nerves and send you on a rollercoaster ride that you’ll never forget. Red Ground is an amazing book and one that I highly recommend picking up.
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