Amie Stolen Future

Fiction - Adventure
320 Pages
Reviewed on 12/09/2016
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Author Biography

Abandoned in the African bush with a 9 week old baby and no resources Lucinda could look back on a childhood of mental abuse, without knowing that before her lay an even more bizarre future. She would run the worst riding school in the world, broadcast live with a bayonet at her throat, be fired from her teaching position and thrown into the media world. She would learn how to lie in the name of propaganda, write about dozens of topics for a variety of clients and have her own newspaper column. She would meet kings and statesmen, international artists and rural Africans. She would win several awards along the way for her scripting and films. Eventually she would reluctantly leave Africa to retire in Spain. A few months later she would begin writing books – 9 to date in a variety of genres – and start a whole new career.
Back in Europe Lucinda met many people who knew little about Africa except for what they had seen in the media. And so, the Amie stories were born, to paint a true picture of the peoples and culture on that vast continent wrapped up in a thrilling series of adventures which reflect her love for the lands she unwillingly left behind.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite

Amie Stolen Future by Lucinda E Clarke is book three in a series of books centered around Amie and her life in Africa. Amie returns to Africa once again with her husband, where she has previously formed relationships, friendships, and even enemies. As Amie, a young white woman, tries to settle down into her life again, her past and her enemies rise up as she faces devastating losses, death, the fear of rape, and even murder, while at the same time forming new relationships and experiencing new adventures. This is a suspense thriller that leaves one wondering until the end. The beauty, wildness, and majesty of Africa has been stunningly portrayed and it is easy to see why Amie considers this her home.

Amie Stolen Future by Lucinda E Clarke is an engaging read. The plot moves fast and, with its aura of danger and adventure, is a mix between romance, thriller, and suspense genres. I liked the character of Amie and, in fact, felt that the essence of Africa has been captured well in the characters overall. While reading the book, I felt as if I was a part of the sun-drenched landscape and the vast open spaces of Africa. I only wish that, for someone who isn’t familiar with the other books in the series, more of a background had been provided as I found myself trying to catch up with the characters’ backgrounds and past relationships. Still, I found this to be an enjoyable read and would recommend it.

Romuald Dzemo

Amie Stolen Future by Lucinda E Clarke is a well-crafted tale of adventure that explores beautiful themes like love, hate and revenge, sacrifice, and humanity. But there is more than that. This is a story with different layers, lessons, and focus. The third book in the Amie series, this book explores the life of Amie as she returns home to Africa to utter rejection and contempt from a people who are bent on revenge. Amie had thought her work at the orphanage and her efforts to guide the young troubled by war and plagued by AIDS could make a difference, but events taking place in a single night would change everything and she would find herself stripped of her home, her prized possessions and her dignity. Is there any future for her?

This is a very interesting and entertaining story that powerfully and succinctly depicts post-war life in Africa. Readers will be transported to a world they don't know, but one which is very real. The story starts with a funeral and the anxiety of Amie at the funeral, as she watches from a distance, and then a voice telling her not to go any further intrigues the reader whose curiosity is immediately aroused. The characters are well developed and it will be interesting to watch as Amie grows from a naïve woman to a mature person who faces reality head-on. Lucinda E Clarke offers a stunning panorama of war-torn Africa, with its customs and traditions, its social issues, and weaves the story around the conflicts that are common to places riddled by war and poverty. I enjoyed the narrative voice, the pace, and the strong writing. Amie Stolen Future is a great read, a powerful setting, wonderful characters, and an engaging plot.