The Hyena Man

High in the Ethiopian mountains, a sorcerer known as the Hyena Man concocts a devilish plan to destroy a Christian charity… 

David Tesfaye has suffered many tragedies—a violent civil war, childhood guilt, a wife who deserted him, followed by drunkenness and depression. Living a safe and anonymous life in London, he’s turned away from people and from God. But then Alzheimer’s invades his mother’s mind. Called home to Ethiopia, David has no choice but to return to the land of his birth...

 

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High in the Ethiopian mountains, a sorcerer known as the Hyena Man concocts a devilish plan to destroy a Christian charity…

David Tesfaye has suffered many tragedies—a violent civil war, childhood guilt, a wife who deserted him, followed by drunkenness and depression. Living a safe and anonymous life in London, he’s turned away from people and from God.

But then Alzheimer’s invades his mother’s mind. Called home to Ethiopia, David has no choice but to return to the land of his birth. He plans to comfort his mother as much as he can and get her affairs in order. But in his heart, he longs to flee his large family and return to anonymity.

Reluctantly, he becomes the guardian of a street boy. Then, an American college student writes to him. She claims to be the daughter he hasn’t seen since she was an infant. David takes refuge in a temporary job at a children’s charity, where he meets attractive American widow Julie Johnson. An IED killed Julie’s husband in Iraq over 10 years ago.  Julie had accepted she was a one-man woman for life. But she and David feel a growing connection. As their relationship blossoms, the threat from the sorcerer, known as the Hyena Man, grows.

The future of the children’s charity—which has helped thousands of children in an impoverished rural area—is at stake. And so are the lives of dozens of children held captive in a mountain cave.

But with the help of Abby, a mysterious child who has escaped the Hyena Man, can David and Julie thwart the Hyena Man’s evil plan? Or will the Hyena Man have the last laugh?

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great debut novel. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 14, 2020 Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase A suspense story set against the backdrop of a conflicted Ethiopia. It narrates the struggle between a ruthless medicine man, terrorising the area with ancient witchcraft and narcotics, and the Christian inspired duo, David and Julie, as they attempt to save a young girl from his cruel claws. An enjoyable read which gives a great insight in the religious and cultural tensions ruling present-day Ethiopia.
– lieve verlinden-lee
EMAIL: WOW! I couldn't put the book down and it will be hard to wait until next Dec for the next in the series. Congratulations and may this new adventure also be successful for you. I love the way you wove the teachings of Christ into the book and showing how the children are used. I think because of going to Mozambique I might have had a stronger feeling toward the book, but I know in our villages there is not a strong Muslim influence, although the witch doctor still holds influence over some of the people.
– Becky Bros
AMAZON REVIEW 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2019 I critiqued this book. The setting and culture are exotic. The characters are well-developed. The Hyena Man will give you the shivers.
– Thomas Quinn
AMAZON REVIEW 5.0 out of 5 stars Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase Envisioned being right along within the story Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2019 I usually stick to a select few authors. I was offered, by my friend Joyce, the opportunity to read this 1st in a series book...so I googled, read the first two chapters, and I was hooked. I read every chance I had and finished in less than 24 hours! This is one of "those" books, you just do not want to put down!! Thank- you Scott Martell! I anxiously await to read the next one. Whew, a whole year of waiting, oh-boy, the excitement!
– J. Miller
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