Book Review: On the Plains of Kerreri

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Brock Walker

On the Plains of Kerreri is a work of historical fiction, set in the mid-to-late 1800s, in Africa during one of that country’s bloodiest conflicts, The Battle of Omdurman. During this battle 80,000 face each other across the Plains of the Kerreri. This story describes the 19th century global clash and will show how history repeats itself. It is a time of no law and no order.

The author, in telling this story, uses the themes of religion, tribalism, and level of cruelty that only humans know how to mete out.  The conflicts span across several continents with the historical topics such as slavery, exploitation by the American government of Chinese immigrants, and the slaughter of the American Indian people interwoven into the story and the pages of this book are filled with history that is accurate at the time.

You will be introduced to characters who represent historical figures you will recognize. The male hero attends West Point and is recruited by Army Intelligence to go on more than a few dangerous assignments. Be prepared to meet the peculiar Winston Churchill. It is Victorian England in 1874 as England fights with Arab slave traders in Sudan. A Sudanese woman, love, marriage, child, death, and then the child finds herself enslaved.  Three people move in and out of each other’s lives and join the struggle to address religion and technology during the Victorian Era.

The author’s words: “In my life, I’ve witnessed atrocities like the riots and terrorist attacks during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and the carnage and destruction wrought during the civil war and communist uprising in Ethiopia,” Walker said. “As a combat veteran, I served in the current war in the Middle East in 2009. I know war and the impact violence has on society, and when writing about the events in this book, I used that knowledge to create something authentic and impactful.”

On the Plains of Kerreri, Brock Walker ISBN: 978-1-4808-5922-7 (hardcover); 978-1-4808-5921-0 (softcover); 978-1-4808-5923-4 (e-book)

Available through Archway PublishingBarnes & Noble and Amazon

About the author:

Brock Walker spent most of his childhood in Africa. His father was a diplomat posted to Libya, the Ivory Coast and Ethiopia. Walker studied creative writing at George Washington University and earned his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. After college, Walker was commissioned as a navigator in the U.S. Air Force, and while in the military, he earned his Juris Doctorate from the McGeorge School of Law. He left active duty to become a homicide prosecutor in California while also serving as a Staff Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Walker is a decorated combat veteran who volunteered for a tour of duty in Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and the Horn of Africa. He is married with four children, is a volunteer firefighter and scuba instructor and currently resides in Woodbine, Ga.


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