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Lords of Harambee, by Mark Jacobsen Book Review | SFReader.com
Lords of Harambee, by Mark Jacobsen Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Smashwords Published: 2012 Review Posted: 7/11/2014 Reviewer Rating:
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Lords of Harambee, by Mark Jacobsen
Book Review by Bill Johnson
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This book was given to me to read and review by a friend. It seems the world has always been at war for one reason or another. Sometimes war is caused by tyrants wanting to conquer other nations for no other reason than to expand their empire, others are fought over Gold or other precious metals. Others are fought when people seek their independence from oppressive regimes. Lords of Harambee is a combination of both of the latter.
The world of Harambee was settled by refugees seeking a better life, with a little nudge from the Trans Solar Corporation. Now General Michael Sheridan commands an interstellar peacekeeping operation tasked with bringing order to a world torn apart by poverty, ethnic conflict and foreign exploitation. His estranged daughter Claire is an idealistic human rights lawyer who adamantly opposes the mission. Njeri Omondi and Amazi Nebtomo are Harambean politicians of rival ethnicities, and secret lovers, who are trying to save their world from war.
Their worst fears are realized when a coup topples the government and unleashes a horrific campaign of genocide. These individuals must risk everything, and violate their most cherished principles, to stop the killing- especially when Sheridan's peacekeepers are ordered not to intervene. As they strive to rouse an apathetic interstellar community, they have no idea how many great powers are manipulating the war to their advantage. Among them is a utopian moon obsessed with achieving the singularity: a technological leap forward into post- human future. (The Lords of Harambee, Jacobsen, 2012)
While this is a very well written story it took me ten chapters to really get interested in it. There is a lot of political intrigue and it highlights the struggle for independence of a people who only want to live free of outside interference. The author shows what happens when outside forces especially politicians interfere in the lives of private individuals. If you don't mind struggling the groundwork laid for the story you will find this book extremely interesting. My only complaint is that it took so long to get to the heart of the story.
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