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Strike at the Heart: The First Mission Paperback – November 1, 2004
This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
About the Author
Born in Davenport, Iowa, L. W. Berrie was educated in California. Graduated from California State University of Los Angeles with a B.S. in mathematics and science in 1966, he worked twenty-three years in the aerospace industry. He went back to school in the Legal Assistance Program at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) and graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average in 1992. He took additional writing courses at UCI to improve his skill as a writer. The UC library system provided the research materials for the story.
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Captain John Harris, special forces A team leader, finds himself in a strange and unknown world when his convoy encounters a time gate in the middle of East Africa. He struggles to keep everyone together in spite of the attempts of Colonel David Walsh, MD, to assume command. Just before leaving for Africa, Harris received a "Dear John" letter from his fiancee, Morning Star. His second in command and blood brother, Captain Jerome Round-tree, a Lakota Sioux, is Morning Star's cousin. Harris is determined to get back to rectify his relationship with Morning Star. But he needs boats to reach the extraction point in time AND he does not have any. Naomi is an African princess who lives in the year 4000 BC. She dreams of a big, strong warrior rescuing her from their hated enemy, the Masai. But when her father has dreams about her and the tribal shaman says that she must marry the warrior from the North who defeated the Masai and leave her tribe OR ELSE her people will die, she learns how hard it can be living dreams.
The book is an absolute classic, one that declared itself boldly, influencing the design and feel and look of all subsequent cast of charactewrs to perfection and narrowing its gaze to the more umbrageous and feral of the thematic threads, the book casts a wider net, tries to do more in what feels like less space, and thrusts the main characters existential enigma to center stage while having the larger theme tailored to the service of the philosophical concepts the character wished to incorporate and explore in a fashion that proves quite an interesting read. And for my money, it's the characters sacrifice that proved, in the end, the most compelling of the novel's threads felt its familiar rattles and empty comforts. This book wisely opted to leave that element within the pages, with the result that its freshness and applicability to this different vision of Africa enhanced the book without detracting from the books superb qualities in the slightest.