Echoes From a Distant Land

      Frank Coates

Echoes From a Distant Land

A powerful story of doomed love against the backdrop of Africa ...

Wangira is caught between the traditions of his Kikuyu tribe and the disturbing new ideas of the missionaries. When, as a young warrior, he saves the life of a wealthy American photographer, he is offered the chance of a new life far away in the white man′s world. Between the wars, Kenya is a land of boundless opportunity where the rich engage in hunting safaris, horse racing, outrageous parties and all the pleasures that money can buy. Dana Northcote is a celebrated socialite, living the high life, but when Wangira uses her husband′s farm in the Kenyan highlands to hide some contraband, she embarks on a dangerous, passionate affair.

Ultimately, she is forced to make a heart-rending decision that will tear her life apart and has consequences which will echo through the generations. Spanning the first half of the twentieth century and culminating in Kenya′s fight for independence from the British Empire, ECHOES FROM A DISTANT LAND is a vivid evocation of a nation in turmoil, and a story of a love that dared to cross the divide.

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    Softly Calls the Serengeti

      Frank Coates

Softly Calls the Serengeti

Fires light the sky over Kibera – East Africa’s largest slum. It is the prelude to the bloody violence that erupts during Kenya’s presidential elections.
Joshua Otieng is caught between the brutal realities of life in the slum, and his dream of a return to the glories of his ancestral past. Mayasa is a young woman he believes could share his dreams, but he becomes inexorably swept along in the tide of tribal conflict surrounding the upcoming elections.
Journalist Mark Riley travels to Kenya to find a missing orphan, and to escape the pain from his past. Two women – feisty anthropologist Charlotte Manning and beautiful, mysterious Kazlana Ramanova – rekindles his interest in the world.
On a journey to the Serengeti, surrounded by the epic landscapes of Africa, they each discover that danger lurks everywhere and there is more to fear than just the wildlife …
Frank Coates’s compelling new novel is at once a thrilling adventure and a poignant exploration of grief, family and identity, all set against the upheavals of twenty-first century Kenya.

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