Book Review

Greetings Good People,

I just finished reading Eteka: Rise of the Imamba, and I wanted to share my thoughts.

If you ever want to conquer a people, take out the strongest man first and let his friends, wife, and children watch you do it.

The friends and wife will submit to you, and the children will grow up thinking being submissive is a way of life. Generations will serve you without question.


Written by Ben Hinson, Eteka: Rise of the Imamba is an action-packed thriller that follows several characters throughout two different time periods: the Cold War of the 1950s and post-Cold War of the 1990s. The story’s main characters are a part of an organization that trains soldiers throughout the continent of Africa. Initially forming under the guise of unifying warriors, this organization quickly turns deadly and immoral when profit becomes the deciding factor of each mission. Now labeled mercenaries, the members of this organization and the supporting characters become entrenched in a web of lies and danger.

For those of you who’ve been following this blog, you know that Richard Wright is my favorite author. His books were the only ones I couldn’t put down once I started…that is until I discovered Ben Hinson’s Eteka: Rise of the Imamba. When I tell you that I spent my entire Sunday reading this book, only stopping to eat and bathe, I’m not lying. This story and Hinson’s writing style is on another level.

All of the characters involved were intriguing and uniquely tied to each other. The subplots that connected them and the two time periods had me in awe because it was like reading scripts for a television series. Hinson also didn’t shy away from addressing the politics throughout the continent, making the storyline raw and relative to the present day. Not to mention there were some great history lessons on various wars, nationalist movements, and cultures throughout the book.

Everything about this novel was perfect except for the ending, in my opinion. I can be very fickle when it comes to closures, and I wasn’t that satisfied with how everything ended. But this book was still a page-turner and I recommend it to anyone who wants to get lost in a thriller.

For more information on Ben Hinson and his future projects, check out his official website, Facebook, or Twitter. If you’ve read the book and would like to share your thoughts, feel free to comment below.

Until Next Time…


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