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The Hangman's Replacement: Sprout of Disruption (BOOK 1) - Taona Dumisani Chiveneko
The Hangman's Replacement: Sprout of Disruption (BOOK 1)
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SYNOPSISZimbabwe’s last hangman retired in 2004. As the nation drifted towards abolition, no determined effort was launched to find a replacement. However, the discovery of carnivorous flame lilies at the Great Zimbabwe monument triggered a spirited search for a new executioner. Those who know... show more
SYNOPSISZimbabwe’s last hangman retired in 2004. As the nation drifted towards abolition, no determined effort was launched to find a replacement. However, the discovery of carnivorous flame lilies at the Great Zimbabwe monument triggered a spirited search for a new executioner. Those who know why this discovery energized the recruitment effort refused to talk.The frantic attempts to find a new hangman were impeded by the lack of suitable candidates. Well-placed sources confirmed that the fear of ngozi was a deterrent. According to this traditional belief, the spirit of a murdered person torments the killer and his family for generations. However, this is only half the story. Several promising applicants did come forward. None met the minimum requirements for the job. The selection criteria were designed to exclude the mentally ill, the vindictive, and the sadistic. However, they did not rule out the desperate.The Sprout of Disruption (Book 1) introduces the universe of characters whose lives have been set alight by the plant which sparked the recruitment effort. It tells the story of the aspiring hangman who was obsessed with securing the job, the sympathizers who fought to protect him from his prize, and the anxious men who believed that emptying death row would end their horror before the meat-eating plants constricted around their necks.KIRKUS REVIEW EXTRACT"At nearly 500 pages, this intricately woven novel is a disconcerting parable exploded to epic proportions. The author renders its many characters, from the mad genius responsible for the impending botanical apocalypse, to the prostitute/undercover operative who falls in love with Abel, to the seemingly simple Abel himself, with frightening subtlety and detail.... A thought-provoking, singularly strange and absorbing novel."https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/taona-dumisani-chiveneko/the-hangmans-replacement/INDIEREADER REVIEW EXTRACT“This is a work of completely bizarre genius. The author has an almost Wodehousian gift with words, decorating his pages with phrases that can make the reader laugh out loud, question long-held assumptions about reality, or send a chill up the spine with just a few deft descriptive touches. Some of the characters, and the situations they find themselves in, can be completely off-the-wall, but the author’s writing ability carefully makes them almost plausible, even natural."“This is a delightful book for those who enjoy having their perspectives stretched, who take delight in the weird and idiosyncratic, and who love watching a master author do breathtaking juggling acts with the English language."http://indiereader.com/2013/05/the-hangmans-replacementsprout-of-disruption/
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B00B1KMM2C
Publisher: Chiveneko Publishing Inc.
Pages no: 587
Edition language: English
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Not Quite Home rated it
5.0 The Hangman's Replacement
The Hangman's Replacement is rife with food for thought, and even after a second reading, I think I could find yet more to tempt my mind if I were to read it again. What I gathered on the second read is just how fraught the novel is with social commentary about poverty, violence, capital punishment,...
100 Pages A Day...Stephanie's Book Reviews
100 Pages A Day...Stephanie's Book Reviews rated it
5.0 The Hangman's Replacement
I have no idea where to start with this book, it is definitely a book where you just have to read along and let the story take you for the ride. I really had no idea where it was going to very near the end. Somehow, Taona D. Chiveneko has woven a beautiful tapestry of a story that manages to combi...
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