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BOOK BETWEEN THE SUNLIGHT AND THE THUNDER - MEADO
Few countries have felt the tumult of the “winds of change” more than Kenya, Congo, and the country once known as Rhodesia. It was former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan who made those words famous in Cape Town in February 1960 when he addressed the South African government. By that time Gil Freeman had already felt the full force of the violence brought on by these “winds.” On a farm at the foot of the Aberdare Mountains in Kenya, the antigovernment disciples of the Mau Mau slaughtered his parents and sister in February 1953. He was seventeen years old. From a volunteer in the government security forces responding to the brutality of the Mau Mau offensive, to professional hunter, to game warden, Gil remained in Kenya for the next decade before moving on to the Congo and then Rhodesia.
Between the Sunlight and the Thunder is a novel that follows Gil’s mixed fortunes during twenty-five years of colonial history. It covers a time when Africa was quickly changing and when the winds of change wreaked havoc on both people and wildlife alike. His story is a blend of fact and fiction, with disguised and invented characters in three countries. This historical novel, whilst harrowing, is also insightful and hauntingly beautiful, written by a person whose knowledge and love of Africa bleeds through every page. Woven into the story is the eternal triangle, the consequences of which evolve against the background of one of the most explosive periods in African history.