Today I’m thrilled to announce the publication of my novel The Lords of Harambee. It is available on Amazon for all Kindle platforms for $2.99. Here is the plot summary:
The hostile world of Harambee was settled by refugees seeking a better life, with a little nudge from the Transsolar 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 Amazai Nebtomo are Harambean politicians of rival ethnicities, and secret lovers, who are trying to save their homeworld from implosion. 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 genocide–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 a posthuman future.
This is a huge event for me. I spent a decade working on the novel, and have invested more heart and soul in it than any other project I’ve ever undertaken. It has grown alongside me through my service and education as an officer. I first conceived the idea while studying the Rwandan genocide as a USAFA cadet, and it has evolved to encompass many of my subsequent studies and interests. Although fiction, it embodies my deepest reflections on human nature, international relations, and war.
Technically this novel is military science fiction, but it is substantially different from anything I’ve read in the genre and should appeal to anyone interested in history, politics, and war. The story is set two centuries in the future, but it is really about the constancy of human nature and the eternal nature of war. One reader told me it read like “Blackhawk Down in space”, which is exactly what I was striving for.
If you enjoy my writing, I invite you to take a look. You can download a free sample before purchasing. If you do read and enjoy the book, please spread the word–and be sure to let me know! You can also help spread the word by liking the book on Facebook.