Amadi Oha: "The God of Thunder"

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Do you ever wonder why natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, and other violent acts persist in the Western world? Amadi Oha knows why!

According to Amadi Oha, the African God of Thunder, these calamities on the West are retribution for the wrong-doings cast on Africa during the slave trade. And the gods are still angry.

Through African folktales and mythology, and the magic of dreams, Amadi Oha! The God of Thunder explores a time that devastated the people of Africa. A work of fiction based on African realities, the book shows readers how the past still haunts the present, from generation to generation, and how the desecration on African land must be cleansed and the gods appeased to avoid further devastation.
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About the author

Born into poverty in the Igbo region of Nigeria, Pete Jakemond Amadi searched for more opportunities, traveling throughout West Africa and Europe before moving to the United States. There, he graduated from university and joined the US Marine Corps, proudly serving in various locations across three continents, including Haiti, Iraq, Liberia, New Delhi and South Sudan.

While serving in Haiti, Lt. Col. Amadi experienced the devastating 7.0 earthquake that struck the country, killing thousands of people and destroying the United Nations Mission in Haiti. He organized and mobilized the first rescue team and communications efforts, saving lives and informing the media.

Lt. Col. Amadi is currently in Juba, South Sudan, assigned to the Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Verification Mechanism as Deputy Sector Coordinator, responsible for monitoring compliance to peace agreement by the warring parties. He is also the author of Conflicted Destiny: Chronicle of a Natural Born Warrior.
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Publisher
FriesenPress
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Published on
Apr 4, 2019
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Pages
104
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ISBN
9781525543029
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / African American / Historical
Fiction / Alternative History
Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
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Centuries have passed since the Great War of Kurukshetra, but her name is still uttered in hushed whispers – eunuch, hijra, neither man nor woman... But was this all there was to Shikhandini, Princess of Panchala? Was this her only identity? 


The firstborn of King Drupada, Shikhandini was trained to be a warrior from early childhood. She became a Rathi, and then an Athirathi, a warrior of unmatched valour and skill, who singlehandedly defeated the hundred Kaurava brothers in battle. All her life she strove to fulfil one goal – to slay the Maharathi of Hasthinapur, in a trans-generational act of vengeance. 


But was this her final destiny?  


At the Battle of Kurukshetra, when the Pandava brothers seem to have lost all hope and are facing defeat, it is Shikhandini who joins them and turns the battle in their favour. If not for her, history would have been written differently. But what was the price she paid? How far did she go in order to prove herself and accomplish her goal? What did she sacrifice along the way? Was she just a pawn in the game between the Kurus? Or was she a true hero, conveniently forgotten because she was not born a man?


In this retelling of epochal events, Shikhandini’s transformation from woman to man, based on ancient medical science, is what makes this story both riveting and real in its validity, human intensity, driven purpose and ultimate sacrifice. In this new dawn, when the third gender is finally gaining acceptance and identity, it is perhaps time Shikhandini’s story was retold in all its tragic glory.


 "THE MAHABHARATA ENDURES AS THE GREAT EPIC OF INDIA. While Jaya is the story 

of the Pandavas, told from the perspective of the victors of Kurukshetra, Ajaya is the tale of the 

Kauravas, who were decimated to the last man. From the pen of the author who gave voice to 

Ravana in the national bestseller, ASURA, comes the riveting narrative which compels us to question 

the truth behind the Mahabharata. 


THE DARK AGE OF KALI IS RISING and every man and woman must choose between duty 

and conscience, honour and shame, life and death… 


      o     The Pandavas, banished to the forest following the disastrous games of dice, return 

             to Hastinapura. 

      o     Draupadi has vowed not to bind her hair till she washes it in the blood of the Kauravas. 

      o     Karna must choose between loyalty and gratitude, friend and Guru. 

      o     Aswathama undertakes a perilous mission to the mountains of Gandhara, in search of the 

             Evil One. 

      o     Kunti must decide between her firstborn and her other sons.

      o     Guru Drona has to stand with either his favourite disciple or his beloved son.

      o     Balarama, having failed to convince his brother about the adharma of violence, walks the 

             streets of Bharatavarsha, spreading the message of peace.

      o     Ekalavya is called to make the ultimate sacrifice to uphold a woman’s honour.

      o      Jara, the beggar, sings of Krishna’s love while his blind dog, Dharma, follows.

      o     Shakuni can almost see the realization of his dream to destroy India. 


As the Pandavas stake their claim to the Hastinapura throne, the Kaurava Crown Prince, Suyodhana, 

rises to challenge Krishna. As great minds debate dharma and adharma, power hungry men prepare 

for an apocalyptic war. The women, highborn and humble, helplessly watch the unfolding disaster 

with deep foreboding. And greedy merchants and unscrupulous priests lie in wait like vultures. 

Both sides know that beyond the agony and carnage the winner will take all. But even as gods 

conspire and men’s destinies unfold, a far greater truth awaits.


                                                                         *****


                                  One of the six most remarkable writers of India. DNA

               An Amazing read. The WEEK

                   Unique voice of a rebellious author telling the story from the other side, 

                             a feat a few have dared or managed so well. Bihar Times"

The epic tale of victory and defeat...


The story of the Ramayana had been told innumerable times. The enthralling story of Rama, the incarnation of God, who slew Ravana, the evil demon of darkness, is known to every Indian. And in the pages of history, as always, it is the version told by the victors, that lives on. The voice of the vanquished remains lost in silence. But what if Ravana and his people had a different story to tell?


The story of the Ravanayana had never been told. Asura is the epic tale of the vanquished Asura people, a story that has been cherished by the oppressed outcastes of India for 3000 years. Until now, no Asura has dared to tell the tale. But perhaps the time has come for the dead and the defeated to speak.


"For thousands of years, I have been vilified and my death is celebrated year after year in every corner of India. Why? Was it because I challenged the Gods for the sake of my daughter? Was it because I freed a race from the yoke of caste-based Deva rule? You have heard the victor's tale, the Ramayana. Now hear the Ravanayana, for I am Ravana, the Asura, and my story is the tale of the vanquished."


"I am a non-entity-invisible, powerless and negligible. No epics will ever be written about me. I have suffered both Ravana and Rama - the hero and the villain or the villain and the hero. When the stories of great men are told, my voice maybe too feeble to be heard. Yet, spare me a moment and hear my story, for I am Bhadra, the Asura, and my life is the tale of the loser."


The ancient Asura empire lay shattered into many warring petty kingdoms reeling under the heel of the Devas. In desperation, the Asuras look up to a young saviour-Ravana. Believing that a better world awaits them under Ravana, common men like Bhadra decide to follow the young leader. With a will of iron and a fiery ambition to succeed, Ravana leads his people from victory to victory and carves out a vast empire from the Devas. But even when Ravana succeeds spectacularly, the poor Asuras find that nothing much has changed for them. It is when that Ravana, by one action, changes the history of the world.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon.

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband.
 
In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning twenty years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all.
 
The Color Purple has sold more than five million copies, inspired an Academy Award–nominated film starring Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the groundbreaking novel that placed Walker “in the company of Faulkner” (The Nation), and remains a wrenching—yet intensely uplifting—experience for new generations of readers.

This ebook features a new introduction written by the author on the twenty-fifth anniversary of publication, and an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

The Color Purple is the 1st book in the Color Purple Collection, which also includes The Temple of My Familiar and Possessing the Secret of Joy.
 
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.

“This potent book about America’s most disgraceful sin establishes [Ta-Nehisi Coates] as a first-rate novelist.”—San Francisco Chronicle

NOMINATED FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD • NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time • NPR • The Washington Post • Chicago Tribune • Vanity Fair • Esquire • Good Housekeeping • Paste • Town & Country • The New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews • Library Journal

“Nearly every paragraph is laced through with dense, gorgeously evocative descriptions of a vanished world and steeped in its own vivid vocabulary.”—Entertainment Weekly

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.

So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.

This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.

Praise for The Water Dancer

“Ta-Nehisi Coates is the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race with his 2015 memoir, Between the World and Me. So naturally his debut novel comes with slightly unrealistic expectations—and then proceeds to exceed them. The Water Dancer . . . is a work of both staggering imagination and rich historical significance. . . . What’s most powerful is the way Coates enlists his notions of the fantastic, as well as his fluid prose, to probe a wound that never seems to heal. . . . Timeless and instantly canon-worthy.”—Rolling Stone
Soon to be a New HBO® Series from J.J. Abrams (Executive Producer of Westworld), Misha Green (Creator of Underground) and Jordan Peele (Director of Get Out)

The critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, 22-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George—publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide—and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’s ancestors—they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.

At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn—led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb—which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his—and the whole Turner clan’s—destruction.

A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of two black families, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism—the terrifying specter that continues to haunt us today.

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