It was cold and rainy, with low visibility. A perfect morning for sabotage. The company jet carrying a Senior VP mysteriously crashes shortly after taking off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says it was an accident. The victim’s wife says it was murder. Frank Adams, an independent aviation accident investigator has been hired to find out. Mounting evidence and an additional murder convinces Adams that there was indeed foul play.
In The Dung Beetles of Liberia we meet the descendants of these American settlers, the "Americo-Liberians," also known as "Congo People" through the eyes of Ken Verrier. Ken's story is based on the remarkable true account of a 19 year old American who arrives in Monrovia in 1961. Follow his fast-paced adventures that take place just when the stirrings of revolution were getting started. The extremes of wealth and poverty are stunning and the opportunities to make money everywhere. Predictions of future chaos become obvious.
In Blood Before Dawn, Book 2 of the Dung Beetles of Liberia Series, we witness the 1980 Liberian coup d'état that took place on April 12, 1980, when President William Tolbert, the last in the True Whig Party and the the Americo-Liberian presidents was overthrown and murdered in a violent coup. The coup was staged by an indigenous Liberian faction of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) under the command of Master Sergeant Samuel Doe.
I wrote No Birds Sing Here because I wanted to study, and satirically explore, the world of two young people motivated toward artistic achievement in a post-modernist world; a world that followed two devastating world wars and upending social and economic change. Also to answer the question of what the human condition would be in this environment where every human emotion, passion and drive existed except love.
The winter of 1609–10, commonly known as the Starving Time, took a heavy toll. Of the 500 colonists living in Jamestown in the autumn, fewer than one-fifth were still alive by March 1610. Sixty were still in Jamestown; another 37, more fortunate, had escaped by ship. As the food stocks ran out, the settlers ate the colony’s animals—horses, dogs, and cats—and then turned to eating rats, mice, and shoe leather. In their desperation, some practiced cannibalism.
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