Boko Haram, the Islamic fundamentalist organisation, is waging a war to bring Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia law to Nigeria. They have been successfully increasing their rule over large swathes of territory in the north-east of the country.
Christian schools, invariably female, have been attacked and the women taken. Most have ended up being forcibly converted to Islam and given to the Islamist fighters. Some have been sold across the border into Cameroon as brides to whoever would pay. The prettier females have been sold to ‘the trader’, a Chadian Sheikh who would sell them into the Middle East as a concubine if the price is right, or else a brothel on the East Coast of Africa.
As their attacks become more brazen, and with the Nigerian army effectively marginalised, the fundamentalists storm an American Baptist Mission.
Three Americans are to die – the Pastor Zebediah and his wife Mary in a blazing chapel, and Duncan Nicholson, gunned down whilst trying to defend them. Two young females, Kate McDonald, an American blonde, grieving over the death of her boyfriend Bill on the night she was going to give her virginity up to him, and Helen Campbell, whose life had been troubled by drugs and selling herself to survive in the North of England, are both taken by the attackers.
Kate is offered for sale to a slave trader who intends to sell her virginity to an Arab Prince. Helen, to ensure their survival and to save her friend, gives herself to the leader of the raid at the mission and the murderer of her three friends.
Steve Case, the CEO of CounterInsurgencies Ltd, a company specialising in hostage ransoms and rescues around the world, is brought in by Bob McDonald, Kate’s father, to affect the return of the two women.
Steve’s team, the beautiful and capable Yanny from Senegal, Harry Warburton, the blue-blooded and reluctant English Lord, and Phil Marshall, the ageing laconic Australian, are tasked with bringing the women back.
Initially busy with rescuing six Western senior managers for the Exxon oil company down in the oil-rich Niger Delta, they are soon involved in Northern Nigeria. Over a period of weeks, the location of both women is ascertained – Helen in the camp of Boko Haram, and Kate in the Sheikh’s compound in N’djamena, the capital of Chad.
With the initially reluctant assistance, and later appreciation, of the Nigerian military’s assistance, ambitious plans are put in place to rescue Helen and then to move onto Chad to secure Kate’s release.
The situation with Kate becomes complicated when the Sheikh hears of the attack on the Boko Haram camp, and then when the Prince brings in armed mercenaries, primarily to deal with the Sheikh’s duplicity in conducting an auction of such a valuable asset.
A battle at the Sheikh’s compound ensues to release the trapped Nigerian girls, a hectic rush back to the airport and a standoff at the airport for the release of Kate and Fatima.
Ronnie Harding never imagined that crooked cops and a dangerous criminal organization would be part of his college experience. The 26-year-old honors graduate student had his life lined up the way he wanted it. As a part of a distinguished professor’s university team, Ronnie had been recruited for his botany skills in growing a special breed of marijuana for a medical research project. This is where he honed his craft and expertise in growing the healthiest cannabis plants in the world. Because of his research assistant job, the financial burden of his education was lifted. For Ronnie, things couldn’t have been going better… With one decision, everything in his life changed when Ronnie elected to help out a troubled friend by cultivating the best new illegal strain of weed that ever hit the streets. Good intentions ran amuck and set in motion a series of highly unconventional events. The circumstances took a life of their own. Ronnie was now intertwined with gangsters, detectives, drag queens, and strippers just as he met the one girl he’d been waiting for his whole life. Now, with law enforcement and the heavy hitters of the criminal world closing in, Ronnie has to come up with a clever exit strategy while keeping up with his homework and getting ready for finals. This is the extracurricular life in the Grow School. A fun and easy read for new and college age adults. People, who are interested or curious in the marijuana issue, will find it intriguing as well as informative. The author’s writing style is simple but imaginatively descriptive. Complicated subjects become easier to understand. Reading this book is like watching a movie in your head.
A gripping financial thriller where corporate greed and corruption abound . . .When widow and single parent Cynthia Webber discovers a body during the routine financial statement audit of a prestigious and controversial pipeline company, her whole world is turned upside down. Her career and life are threatened by her boss when he turns up unexpectedly at her son’s daycare, posing as her brother. When she ignores his threats and goes to the police, she finds herself alone and unjustly dismissed.Cynthia turns to her best friend Linda, an investigative reporter, to help uncover her boss’s true motivation and get her life back, just as a well-known environmental activist is found murdered on the pipeline company’s property.Book 1 in the Cynthia Webber series. Fans of The Firm and the Women’s Murder Club series will enjoy this fast-paced read*contains profanity, sex, and violence. Written in Canadian English.