On the riverside of promise
Lagos, Nigeria. Summer of 1968. The war in Biafra is in full swing. Ethan Whittmore is a Captain of the Royal Marines, training government troops in support of the Nigerians.
When he learns of his brother’s disappearance, a doctor with the Red Cross, he takes it upon himself to find his brother, dead or alive.
His efforts will lead him through the Nigerian jungles and rainforests amidst a bloody civil war. What lays at the end of the road though will be more than just an unexpected surprise and lots of broken promises..
The writer has a wonderful skill with words, painting a picture so well, that you could almost taste the bad whiskey. And the plot is fairly interesting as well, delving into war with grit and determination.
well worth the read, however I gave it only four stars, because it seemed slightly rushed, as in the book overall could have used a little more polishing.
Set against the bloody backdrop of the Nigerian Civil War, English Marine Ethan Whittmore is faced with an opportunity to find his estranged brother Andy and fulfill a childhood pledge to his pastor that he would never leave Andy behind. This is an ultimate tale of faith, hope, the search for truth, the ties that bind, and perfidy. The gruesomeness of war is overshadowed by the hideousness of man. Unaware of his own search for redemption, Ethan repeatedly questions others about their beliefs about God. To add more complexity, there is a nonstop barrage of twists and turns that spin your brain until you find yourself questioning who to trust and just how much more this soldier can take. It is packed full of action, and for the first time ever I found myself reading a book and saying to myself, “I can actually see Jason Statham and Russell Crowe starring in the movie version of this!” A thrillingly complex novel full of surprises from one page to the next; you might just need a glass of Littlemill yourself.
The setting for this story is in Nigeria where Englishmen Ethan and his brother have come to train the Nigerian people. Ethan is an army captain while his brother works for the Red Cross.
The author had me captured me right from the start as he described the setting and characters in such details, that I felt I knew them. The author has a great writing style that allows for lot of vivid details without water down the overall story.
After hearing the news that his brother’s caravan was attacked Ethan goes on the offensive and out to get his brother back. This leads him on an adventure like no other with plenty of twists and turns along the way. The story is weaved in such a way that you not really sure what will happen next and it keeps the pages turning right up till the end.
If you like reading action and adventure stories this book will keep you satisfied and you will be glad you did because overall it is a great story. I highly recommend it this book, Great read!
Captivating! As I began this read I wasn’t expecting to be drawn in so quickly. Vasileios has done a wonderful job of pulling one into the excitement and thrills that are part of this deep story. I couldn’t help but find myself on a emotional roller coaster feeling exhilaration and profound sadness. The main thing that is compelling about “On The Riverside of Promise” is how well the writer involves the reader in the story. It’s a great read and highly recommended.
I was swept away from page one. The author provides perfect illustration as if you are there. From the onset you’ll be lead down the path of excitement, and along the way you’ll feel danger, sadness, and full throttle exhilaration. The twists often may seem predictable but the natural uncanny style was refreshing and had me guessing to near end. I’m convinced I will be reading more work by Vasileios in the near future as this was a perfect illustration of an Enticing Journey.
I liked the book, both for the story and the ideas. It addresses mainly to a readership who likes meaningful adventure stories.
Story unfolds easily, keeping the reader in suspense, and the plot changes come rather smoothly, yet sometimes suprising. Details and descriptions are of the right volume and detail and give just the information needed for the total comprehension of the story.
Deeper meaning, at least the way I got it, deals with the vanity of war and all that comes with it. Various thoughts and ideas are projected through simple and short dialogs of the starring characters, and the reader can just stick to the words and miss the underlying bitterness of who and why started the civil war in Nigeria, as well as the war in general, playing death games against mostly innocent people.
Totally, I believe it’s a very high value to money book, that worths the time reading it!
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