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A fantastic read. This intriguing novel will keep you engaged until the very end. Traversing the lessons learned from the past, the Bible, a ghost named Mary Margaret, ancient bush rituals, history and human nature, D.A. Winstead has traced the journey of a family impacted by the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. He brilliantly encapsulates the period in South Africa that followed that fatal day many years past. Half a century later, Sarah Johnson takes the forefront as a prominent, black confident female with the American Foreign Service. She is searching for something in her life, but unsure of what that might be.
Although successful, Sarah Johnson, still feels a void within herself, but is not sure exactly what that void is. Upon her travels, she is transferred from the London office to South Africa where she will face many battles between good and evil that will forever change her and her perspective in life. In her search for a meaningful existence and in an effort to fill the void, she gains strong allies in South Africa that impact her life more than she could have imagined. She is changed internally through this alliance and through her adventure into the inner workings and understanding of post-apartheid South Africa.
This novel reads like a post-colonial Southern novel filled with tid-bits of history offering glimpses of life in South Africa while intertwining racism in the United States and comparing South Africa's history with that of the U.S. Through the use of fresh perspectives involving the novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," readers will find this book not only historically educational, but inspiring as it leads them to the Cross. This work is truly an enchanting novel to be cherished, giving hope and faith.
Beyond his knack for creating supernatural mysteries, D. A. Winstead, who has worked in American embassies around the globe, brings a special realism to his depiction of the Christian expat living abroad, always offering a fascinating and illuminating perspective into U.S. and world politics as well as the culture, traditions, and history of various lands, usually Christian lands stricken with deep sadness in their pasts. He writes with empathy for his characters and offers catharsis to his readers through the difficult journeys of healing that his characters endure. Far beyond being just thrillers, his novels create understanding of the human condition across many times and cultures.
A staunch fiscal conservative and believer in private enterprise, D.A. (Dennis) Winstead, survived working in Washington, DC, for 23 years before calling it quits in 2010. Based in Atlanta now, he plans on releasing this fourth novel in August (Dragon Bones: Two Angels Leave at Sunrise) and his fifth and final novel (Poets Wine) in December 2013. On January 1, 2014, he will officially launch the Color Him Father Foundation, a faith-based nonprofit organization designed to strengthen the father figure in Christian families in Africa.