Amazon UK (African Literature), December 2013
Set in D.R. Congo and the UK, Mike Ormsby’s first novel highlights the devastating effects, on families, of Africa’s Great War. A story of travel, love and loss; fear and superstition; USAID and NGOs; family life and professional ambition; media and censorship; exorcism and education.
It’s Spring 2002 and Frank Kean is training journalists in troubled Congo. When he learns that religious zealots are torturing and murdering so-called child witches, his reporter’s instincts kick in. Why so little news coverage of these ’exorcisms’? He is determined to break the silence.
In a remote village, Pastor Precious arrives to battle Satan. Twelve-year-old Dudu faces a torrent of accusations and is forced to flee, far from home. He swears he is not a witch, but evidence suggests otherwise.
When Frank meets Dudu in Kinshasa, he sees a chance to help, even if it means crossing the line and making promises he may be unable to keep.
But can they trust each other in a crisis?
Fear and superstition play out against a bloody and relentless civil war.
CHILD WITCH KINSHASA - a tale of travel, love and loss.
The story continues in CHILD WITCH LONDON . See below…
It’s summer 2002 and Frank returns home to England. Family life implodes, and tragedy strikes.
Is it bad luck? Or black magic, retribution by sorcery for betraying Dudu?
Friendship and fear collide in the peaceful setting of suburban UK.
CHILD WITCH LONDON - Just because you want to help, it doesn’t mean you can.
Coming March 2014