Author: Amma Darko
Publishers: Sub-Saharan Publishers
.“Oh, my dear Yankey, what have you done to me?” Theresa Amole was crying, “My dear Yankey, who will look after me?”
“Do you know Yankey?” a woman’s voice asked from behind her. Without thinking, and still very emotional, she replied, “Oh Yankey, my boyfriend, who will take care...” trying to hold on to the person asking in a sympathetic embrace. The slap that brought her to reality was enough to tell her it came from no ordinary hand.
Corporal Okumi was the wife of Yankey and they had lived in the police barracks together. She had always suspected her husband had a mistress but she had had no evidence. (Page 230)
The power of the story lies in its character development. It would be seen, as one reads, that each character is fully formed. The reader can relate to each character’s past, present and future. It becomes easy to understand why an individual is behaving the way he or she is, if one understands his or her background and this the author did with perfection. The detailed description of events and equipment—including those foreign to this land—is redolent of a master storyteller in the league of Ludlum, Clancy, Baldacci and the rest and to think that this is his first novel speaks volumes for itself.
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