Read: my full review | my Q&A with the author
In addition to taking the time for a Q&A yesterday, author D.J. Williams has kindly offered readers a chance to win an autographed copy of his upcoming novel The Disillusioned (WestBow Press; 5/1)! The thriller follows two brothers as they search for answers long kept hidden by their father on a journey that will ultimately test their physical and spiritual strength. Below you’ll find an excerpt from The Disillusioned as well as a chance for one lucky reader to receive a signed copy of the novel!
An excerpt from The Disillusioned, Chapter 26
| In the far corner he noticed a boy in his early teens, who wore a knockoff Jordan jersey. He stared into the boy’s hazel eyes and tried to shake off a sudden urge to spend his last few Kwacha buying the boy a meal. He redirected his attention to the man behind the counter as wild thoughts flashed in his mind. He counted the money again, and reminded himself of his need to survive. He ordered two pieces of chicken and potato wedges. Thirty Kwacha.
Back home most children are lucky, he thought. No real fear of starving. No real fear of dying. No real clue of how hard life really is when you’re only expected to live into your mid-thirties. Children back home were more worried about losing their cell phones, being grounded form Playstation, or being accepted into the right social circles. None of that mattered here. For a child, life on this side of the world was about one thing,
Danny grabbed his tray, tried to shed himself of the guilt and found a table with a perfect view of the main street. Traffic passed as the thumping music from the neighborhood shebeen drifted through the night. Danny rather enjoyed the eclectic mix of American eighties pop and local African artists. It had become a unique soundtrack to his adventure.
He wiped the sweat from the back of his neck and wondered how he’d made it thousands of miles from home. After just one week he was broker than broke. He had no idea what was going to happen next. He had jumped at thirty thousand feet without a parachute. What if he didn’t find her? What if the Vice President was wrong about his contact? Then what? He would have failed, again. He watched the miners laugh together.
Danny tried to remember the last time he’d laughed. Even though it had only been a month, he wondered when he’d allow himself to grieve. It was hard to tell. His emotions had been unpredictable for weeks. The peaks and valleys left him unsure whether he had made the right choice coming to Zambia. He’d used the last three hundred dollars to pay for hotels, bus rides, and false information. He had risked everything.
He opened the box, stared at two pieces of friend chicken, and realized this was all that was left. How he wished he could laugh. He wished he could be the man Brooke deserved. He wished he’d been wiser with the
Synopsis: A mother’s suicide threatens to destroy a family legacy. Her sons, Sam and Daniel, are forced to leave their comfortable worlds behind and search for a woman they believe can unlock the secrets that have remained hidden. They are propelled into separate journeys from Los Angeles to the heart of the Zambezi, where they are forced to confront a man known as Die Duiwel, the Devil. On their adventures they will find themselves in a place where death is one breath away, where thousands of children are disappearing into the darkness, and where the woman they are searching for is on the hunt for revenge. When they stand face-to-face with the forgotten slaves of Africa, they will fight to redeem what has been lost.