THE DISILLUSIONED by D.J. WILLIAMS.
A mother's suicide threatens to destroy a family legacy. Her son's, Sam and Daniel, are forced to leave their comfortable worlds behind and search for a woman they believe they can unlock the secrets that have remained hidden. They are propelled into separate journeys from Los Angeles to the heart of the Zambezi, where they forced to confront a man known as Die Duiwel, the Devil. On their adventures they will find themselves in a place where death is one breath away, where thousands of children are disappearing into the darkness, and where the woman they are searching for is on the hunt for revenge. When they stand face-to-face with the forgotten slaves of Africa, they will fight to redeem what has been lost.
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FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): I'm an old woman, sick and tired of the voices rattling in my head.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 122): Boys and girls. Most seemed to be in their early teens, covered in dirt, ragged clothes, no shoes, with large brown eyes.
MY THOUGHTS: The story of a somewhat dysfunctional evangelical Christian family, The Disillusioned, a real roller-coaster of a read made even more so with its short, snappy chapters, begins with a suicide and the reading of a will that takes brothers, Danny and Sam, along with us, the reader, on a search, an adventure deep into the heart of Africa.
So much more than a meaningless gratuitous action/adventure story though, powerful, well written and full of corruption in high places, of kidnappings, of slavery, of family honour, this is a thought provoking novel full of topical issues that, as well as wonderfully compelling reading for the individual, will make superb reading (and prompt much discussion) for readers groups.
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