Spotlight + Guest Post: A Whisper in the Jungle: A Lion in America 1 by Robert Mwangi

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Lion in America 1
Title: A Whisper in the Jungle: A Lion in America 1
Author: Robert Mwangi
Date of Publication: April 17, 2012

Deep in the African jungle where even the bravest are afraid to venture, lies a truth that will propel James through his improbable American journey, if he can come out alive. James a village boy in Africa receives a scholarship to go and study in America and he becomes the envy of the whole village. His girlfriend Janny is however skeptical of what a long distance relationship can do to love. But when Janny vanishes from the village, James and his dog Simba plunge into the belligerent forest at the risk of his life and his American dream. Love transcends all. ‘A Lion in America’ is a suspense story full of love, humor and adventure, where the answer to love’s dilemma lies with a perfect kiss at the top of the Empire Building in New York City.

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A Whisper in The Jungle: The crystal ball approach

“Do you want to share a cab?” The American man asked me.

“Sure, thanks,” I replied as we both jumped into the back seat.

“What part of Africa are you from?” he asked curiously.

“I’m from Kenya sir.”

“You are far from home son,” he said as he took off his dark sunglasses and gave me a second look.

“I came to America for my studies,” I explained.

“And what are you doing now?”

“I write books. I finished one already.” I watched as he raised an eyebrow.

“Really? What’s your book about?”

“It’s a journey through the jungles of Africa … a boy’s girlfriend disappears and the boy throws caution to the wind and pursues her, at a time when everybody is scared of the forest.”

“That sounds interesting. I should get a copy for my wife and kids. They love watching the geographic shows about Africa.” Pause. “Is the book available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble?”

“Yes it is sir.” I was beaming with joy that someone was excited about my book. The taxi suddenly came to a halt.

“I’m here,” the man said as he stretched out his hand towards me. “I guess traveling helps a lot when it comes to writing,” he added.

“I never thought of that sir,” I replied. “Its an interesting observation.”

The man jumped out and the car veered back on the road and headed towards my apartment.


There’s nothing as rejuvenating as traveling: crossing oceans and meeting new people, stepping away from one’s comfort zone and venturing into unknown territory. They say that a change is as good as a rest. And when all is said and done and one returns home… all that we have in our heads are the stories of our journeys and the only way to calm our brains is to write them down.

After living in America for eight years, I looked back at my life in Africa through a crystal ball and suddenly, everything seemed to make sense… every piece of puzzle that I had ignored or taken for granted suddenly clicked. I was ready to write my book. I was born to write this book.

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