LORD OF THE KONGO: A Novel

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Synopsis: Against the backdrop of the Portuguese entry into the Congo, the friendship between a Portuguese cabin boy and Prince Mbemba, a Kongo prince who becomes the ruler of a puppet kingdom, turns tragic. 25,000 first printing.

Review: Set in 16th-century Africa, Peter Forbath's Lord of the Kongo follows the fortunes of young Gil Eanes, a 15-year old Portuguese cabin boy who finds himself alone and on his own for several years in an uncharted land. The novel encompasses a period of 20 years that saw the first European attempts to find a water route around Africa and the discovery, colonization, and eventual despoiling of the land called "Kongo." Young Gil's experiences as he struggles to survive in this world add to the adventure.

The late Peter Forbath was once a Time magazine correspondent in Africa, and his knowledge of the continent and its history is evident. Using original records from a variety of sources, he has artfully blended fact and fiction into an unforgettable epic tale.

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