“There is no redemption from hell” – Pope Paul III
Author Damien Dsoul’s novel, ‘The Rabbit’s Man’, is a fictional tale of espionage and one man’s tale for redemption set in Nigeria. A literal explosive start dives the reader straight into the heat of the action where violence perpetrated by militants are common place, especially ones belonging to the United Niger Delta Brigade. We are soon introduced to the hero, Mr. Kingsley Azobi who is introduced as a honest and hard working businessman barely managing to keep afloat his sunk in debts real estate firm. He lives with his beautiful lawyer wife, Hillary and his two kids in a quiet neighbourhood at Oaks Estate. But he has a shady past that his family is unaware of and which he himself refuses to acknowledge anymore but is forced to when a British spy with a serious James Bond hangover, Lionel Parrish arrives in Kingsley’s life and threatens to make public his past if he refuses to take up a dangerous and covet mission for him.
Kingsley used to be a gun runner for the dreaded militant group and his former gang members and his associations with them refuse to become a thing of the past. And at the unkindest time, a bomb explosion in his office also brings into his already troubled life a detective, whose investigation into the explosion unearths and causes more explosions. Detective Toji Oguavor is that sort of an existentialist cop who alternates between relying on pure intuition and method to find results and for whom violence can never become common place in spite of coming face to face with it frequently. The rest of the book shows how Kingsley Azobi’s life spirals out of control amongst the web of lies, deceits and betrayals that threaten to destroy him and his family forever and the insurmountable offenses he must mount to reclaim peace back in his life.
The reader will be immediately drawn into the story, which has this aura of mystery that you will encounter in the first few pages and will keep you engaged throughout till the very end. The juxtapositions of brilliantly described and detailed action scenes, especially the opening action sequence are some of the main highlights worth mentioning. The violence and action that you encounter in the beginning entices and lures your mind into drawing this conclusion of an idea of what this novel will be like based on your past experiences with similar genres of books. But Damien Dsoul’s amazing ability to surprise will keep the reader’s attention hooked throughout by introducing characters and scenes that are both well written and spaced brilliantly in the narrative. You will soon realize that it is quite difficult to put down the book for long, before you start feeling this urge to pick it up again and find out what’s going to happen next.
The country of Nigeria, you will realize early on is one of the main characters in this novel. The Rabbit’s Man showcases the strong and traditional belief systems of the people in the country in spite of the numerous changes and developments brought about by unbridled globalization process. A lot of detailing seems to have gone in its research; for the author has a keen eye that describes the rural and urban landscape of Nigeria like never before. And all major characters, be it that of Kingsley or Toji or Lionel are well drawn and developed.
Sometimes when you read a mystery thriller, your mind often runs ahead and starts predicting the outcomes but in The Rabbit’s Man you will only be tripping over yourself if you do that and instead you should just go along with the flow of this fast paced book. Damien Dsoul’s novel is a well-written and engaging book that provides an exciting, tumultuous, and provocative look into the turmoil and chaos of Nigerian society. I thoroughly enjoyed my read of The Rabbit’s Man and would recommend it to any reader interested in fast paced thrillers that also offer a slice of African history and culture.
- Paperback: 386 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 27, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 149284117X
- ISBN-13: 978-1492841173