On I, Charles, From the Camps by Joel D. Hirst

New review of my 4th novel, generally positive… “The first person is an excellent narrative choice which is difficult to pull off, but it is testimony to Joel Hirst’s ability that we want to know more about the supporting characters in the tragic story of Charles Agwok, Ugandan, African, anti-hero and would be reframer of his own brutal history. In achieving this, congratulations are due to Mr. Hirst.”

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I, Charles, From the Camps

Book:                    I,Charles from the Camps

Author:                Joel D. Hirst

Publisher:            iUniverse(2018)

Page Count:       213

The eponymous Charles is Charles Agwok, the northern Ugandan
protagonist of Joel Hirst’s latest novel. He is of the Acholi ethnic
nationality. For those even mildly familiar with the recent geo-politics and
history of East Africa, these key words—Acholi, Ugandan—furnish a third, the
LRA. The LRA, which stands for the Lord’s Resistance Army, is a fundamentalist Christian
guerilla militia that has been fighting against the present Museveni regime
since the late 80’s. It is led by the elusive Joseph Kony and seeks a Uganda
governed by the Ten Commandments. Untold horrors, from rape to child soldiers
to the use of girls as sex slaves to terrorism, have been left in the wake of
its every entanglement with Ugandan forces.

The novel, told in the first person, is a peculiar…

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About Joel D. Hirst

Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright. His most recently released work is "Dreams of the Defeated: A Play in Two Acts" about a political prisoner in a dystopian regime. His novels include "I, Charles, From the Camps" about the life of a young man in the African camps and "Lords of Misrule" about the making and unmaking of a jihadist in the Sahara. "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio" are about the rise and fall of socialist Venezuela (with magic).
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