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The Wolf Hour : A novel of Africa - Sarah Myles

The Wolf Hour

A novel of Africa

Paperback Published: 29th August 2018
ISBN: 9781760632519
Number Of Pages: 352

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A gripping thriller set in Africa about a young aid worker in danger and the lengths to which her family will go to save her. Edge-of-your-seat suspense combines with a compelling family drama in this story of power, greed and salvation.

A searing contemporary thriller about an Australian family in crisis against the backdrop of war-torn Africa.

Thirty-year-old Tessa Lowell has a PhD in psychology and is working in Uganda to research the effects of PTSD and war on child soldiers. She joins a delegation travelling across the Congolese border, deep into the African bush, for peace talks with Joseph Kony, notorious leader of the Lord's Resistance Army.?

At the camp Tessa meets thirteen-year-old Francis, already an experienced soldier and survivor of shocking violence. The talks stall, and the camp is attacked by other rebels who take Tessa. Isolated in an increasingly volatile situation, she tries to form a bond with Francis.

In Melbourne, Tessa's parents are notified of the kidnapping, but learn there is little that government agencies can do. Desperate, they contact their son Stephen, an astute if manipulative businessman based in Cape Town. He agrees to search for his sister but has other reasons to contact the rebel forces.

As Tessa's time runs out, her family begins to fracture. Her parents arrive in Uganda to hear awful news about what she has endured. They also learn the devastating truth about the kind of man their son has become. Only they have the power to stop a terrible injustice. But at what cost to their family?

About the Author

Sarah Myles began to write fiction after graduating in literature from Monash University, and studying at the University of Western Australia. She has trained and worked as a nurse, travelled through Europe, the Americas and Africa. She is the author of Transplanted. Currently she divides her time between writing and family, living in inner Melbourne and on the west coast of Victoria.

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The Wolf Hour is the second novel by Australian author, Sarah Myles. It's not uncommon for families with adult children to be living remote from each other. Award winning photographer, Neil Lovell leads his fairly ordinary life in Melbourne with his wife, Leigh, a medical practitioner. Their son Stephen runs a sporting goods business in Cape Town with his South African school mate, Matt Reba. And their daughter Tessa, a psychology PhD, is in Gulu, Uganda, doing research on PTSD. That location allows her to interact with child soldiers who are in the process of rehabilitation. All their lives are turned upside down when Tessa is abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army, a ruthlessly violent rebel group known for taking children. In the rebel camp, Tessa establishes contact with young soldier, Francis Amayo, hopeful that he may be her means of escape, but also to further her research. Getting no satisfaction from Government agencies, Neil and Leigh ask Stephen to track down Tessa while they make their own travel arrangements. Their relationship with him is somewhat fraught and it is with misgivings they ask him to help; those misgivings only increase as they learn more about his activities in South Africa. By the time they arrive in Uganda, blame has been apportioned, guilt and worry are uppermost in their minds, and their marriage is under considerable strain. Neil realises he may have been too indulgent with his children. He'd opted for lenience, a liberal tolerance when raising his son "…but if he was afraid of the things Stephen might do, then he also loved him with a father's hopeful pride and irrational loyalty, the same impulse that made him jump to Stephen's defence whenever someone else found fault in him." In this fast-paced thriller, Myles gives the reader an interesting insight into the mindset of a child soldier, and shows just how the leader's charisma, combined with superstition, ignorance, a good deal of brainwashing and the will to survive, produce

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ISBN: 9781760632519
ISBN-10: 1760632511
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 29th August 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3

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