In an ancient time, a people made homeless by a devastating fire are led across a treacherous desert by a thrill-seeking thief, to a land he doesn’t believe exists – and he started the fire.
In a squalid ancient city on the edge of a desert (based on descriptions of the African Sahara’s Empty Quarter,) a weary, thrill-seeking thief named Omari sets his home on fire to start anew and cover his many crimes. When the entire city is unintentionally destroyed by the flames, the cornered thief tells the displaced people a lie about a better place to which only he can lead them, across the desert. With the help of an aged, mysterious woman who knows a better place actually does exist, they set out. The disparate people must come together to fight their way through bandits, storms, epidemics, and more. As a result of Omari’s involvement with Saba, a fiercely independent woman who is out to break him in the pay of a merchant whom he has offended, his ability to lead – his very life – is jeopardized.
Recent Praise for Omari And The People:
“An extraordinarily entertaining read, Omari and the People documents author Stephen Whitfield as a truly gifted storyteller with an impressive ability to create memorable characters and then embed them into a complexly woven and engaging novel from beginning to end. Very highly recommended.” – Midwest Book Review
“I just loved this book! The story of this people was so fascinating I had to drop everything else I was reading and concentrate only on this. Omari felt like a real person. As a matter of fact all the other characters) really evolve during the journey, as the challenges they face daily change them, for better or worse, as I think would only be natural in a situation such as theirs.
Another big, big bonus for me was the presence of so many strong female characters. From the enigmatic Umal to the fiercely independent Saba, the women in this book are not just bystanders, but are actively involved in the shaping of the story. They fight for their rights and to be treated as equals to men, and they really do make a difference when it counts most. The secondary characters in general are well-developed, with antagonists. And the realism is what surprised me most in this book: even though there are some supernatural elements and some magic, the story as a whole is really believable, as are the dynamics of such a diverse group of people.
This book is highly recommended to anyone looking for an epic adventure, a tale of friendship, love and betrayals with a touch of magical realism.” – Book For Thought
About the Author:
Chicago-born Stephen Whitfield began writing as a Marine Corps print journalist. His writing has appeared in military publications, as well as the Kansas City Star and the Jersey Journal. He holds degrees from from Loyola University Chicago, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Indiana University. Stephen currently resides near Orlando, Florida.
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