A Novel of War, Family, and Survival
by David Rothman
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Pub Date 01 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 01 Feb 2022
Kidnapped for his brilliance, a 15-year-old electronics genius must fight as a drone whiz and sea-going pirate to keep his parents alive. Can he escape and also free his twin sister from the clutches of a major sex-trafficker?
Earlier Lemba worked as a self-taught Internet expert in the mega-city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while the gifted sister aspired to be a rumba star. But murderous gun-worshippers chloroformed him and whisked him away. Now, to save his mother and father from brutal deaths, Lemba must fight for the wrong side.
The crazies know exactly where his parents and dog live. The leader of his captors, the thuggish Congolese Purification Army, is a seven-foot-tall whackjob--all too handy with AK-47s and oversized machete blades.
Drone Child: A Novel of War, Family, and Survival offers a gripping, inspirational story for mature young adults and older readers. It's told as Lemba's war memoir looking back on his life as a child soldier and pirate some 25 years earlier in the 2020s. The book contains no explicit sex or explicit drug descriptions, no obscenity, and the violence is no different from what would be expected in a war novel.
This revised edition of Drone Child, originally published as No Taller than My Gun, includes a colorful new cover and discussion questions for book clubs, libraries, and schools--prepared with help from Karen Heilman, M.Ed., and the novel's two Congolese fact-checks and critiquers. One was Junior Boweya, a translator, software localization expert, and businessman. The other was Jean Felix Mwema Ngandu, a former Mandela Fellow and a leading civic activist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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A disturbing novel on the harsh realities of what is happening in Africa. The characters are well developed and really makes you care about what is happening to them. The story is well told and is a quick read. I highly recommend this book to all.
Thank you to #NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Lemba becomes a drone-loving computer whiz in the mega-city of Kinshasa, while Josiane aspires to be a rumba star. But murderous gun-worshippers kidnap the brilliant techie, and to keep his parents safe, he must fight for the wrong side. He must even become a sea-going pirate.
Meanwhile Josiane faces different menaces as bad as his. Only Lemba can save her. And for now, he is a captive of the thuggish Congolese Purification Army--led by a seven-foot-tall whackjob all too handy with his AK-47 and machete. As Lemba fights both the Purifiers and their enemies, he also battles to keep his humanity while protecting the people he loves.
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