I had fun last night reading the draft of the next Lawdog Files book, 'African Adventures'. It's scheduled for publication less than a week from today, and is already available for pre-order.
I had the honor of writing the Foreword for the new volume, following in Larry Correia's footsteps (he wrote one for the first book in the series, which became a runaway bestseller in its genre last month).
Fans of Lawdog's writing will love this one. He's included many old favorites, not just about his youth in Africa, but also about life, the universe and everything in these United States. What's even better is that he's written a lot of new material for it. Readers are in for a real treat with the story of the man-pig, the sapper lizards, the African version of Fourth of July fireworks (including bagpipes, bombs and baboons), and many more.
Lawdog introduces those Fourth of July fireworks like this.
Now, I want you to close your eyes. Imagine a five acre chunk of bare West African red clay bounded on three sides by dense, damn-near-impenetrable triple-canopy tropical rain forest. On the fourth side (the left side, for those still following along) is the sullen glorping majesty of the Warri River. You have this fixed firmly in mind? Now, in the middle of that river, anchor three dilapidated barges (that hadn’t been there two days previous). On the near end of the five acre bare spot, imagine that someone has dug a slit trench, and at the other end of the clearing, postulate that person or persons unknown have stacked barrels and tyres.
Yes. When a slit trench is needed for spectators to enjoy 'mere' fireworks, that have been invented/created and set up by bored, homesick expatriate engineers, who have access to large quantities of booze and industrial explosives . . . well, interesting things may happen . . . particularly when baboons get involved. Just sayin'.
Publication is scheduled for August 10th (Thursday next week) in e-book format, with a print edition to follow as quickly as it can be arranged. Miss D. and I have already pre-ordered our copies.
Highly recommended. Prepare to laugh a lot!