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A sprawling, epic saga of adventure, romance, war, and resistance based on the savage conflict in East Africa during World War I.

In German-occupied East Africa during World War I, British forces have arrived. In defiance of his orders, German military commander Paul von Lettow enlists soldiers, civilians, and African rebels to fight against the British, forming the first modern guerrilla uprising of the time. Amid his political battles, Lettow is embroiled in a romantic relationship with an American woman who loves him, but who objects to his war. To complicate things, Lettow's actions draw the attention of the brilliant but brutal chief of British intelligence who plots to defeat him.

Amid all the action, Zionists fight for influence in the region, rival tribes have to be appeased with diplomacy, and an African princess serves as a spy for the rebels.

Amazingly, these colorful characters and eventful plots are firmly based on real-life personas and historical events during the war. In the gripping style of narrative fiction, Stevenson relates the often overlooked German resistance in East Africa and their inventive use of guerrilla tactics. As a former foreign correspondent in the region, Stevenson paints an astonishingly accurate and detailed picture of the geography and political climate of East Africa.

A thrilling listen, The Ghosts of Africa packs history, military tactics, romance, and adventure into a single epic tale that will both entertain and inform.

©2015 William Stevenson (P)2014 Audible Inc.
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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An intriguing glimpse into the past. Though fictional, it does speak of some truths and injustices of the colonial period. There is need to make more of our history come to life through such formats.

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A captivating novel that moves right along

I came to this book thinking that the Germans were all bad guys in WWI. Well maybe the Kaiser was, but I was rooting for Leto throughout. This book got me interested in the place and period and I will be reading more history and more historical novels about Colonial Africa. I found it helpful to consult Wikipedia to fill in my understanding as I went through the novel. It reminded me of Shogun.

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I thought I knew

While I thought I knew a fair amount about WWI, I didn't know about the war in Africa. This brings new light to the resource constraints of England during the war. A decent fiction story wound in the facts of the period.

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