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Operation Hermes is the dramatic sequel to the satirical novel, War under the Mango Tree. The story resumes two years after a high-tech American manhunt killed the notorious warlord Daniel Odoki. Now, an economic crisis and popular uprising have pushed the Democratic Republic of Gisawi (DRoG) to the brink of chaos.

President Namono, the country’s aging autocrat, appears ready to abandon Washington in favor of Beijing, raising fears of a new superpower rivalry emerging in Africa. When a popular uprising in Africa threatens to topple a corrupt American ally, soldiers, spies, and diplomats race against time and each other to find a suitable replacement.

Will it be the president’s hard-drinking playboy son, Fabrice? His power-hungry wife and handbag connoisseur, Charity? Or the ambitious defense minister, Mugaba Odongo.

Meanwhile, President Namono, the country’s aging autocrat, appears ready to abandon Washington in favor of Beijing, raising fears of a new superpower rivalry emerging in Africa.

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At a remote military camp in Africa, a small detachment of American soldiers and their local allies wage a high-tech manhunt to neutralize the notorious warlord Daniel Odoki and defeat his rebel army. As the quixotic campaign unfolds, a cast of glory-seeking generals, rapacious mercenaries and corrupt government officials are determined to finish off Odoki, though each for different reasons. Meanwhile, a hapless band of compatriots, pawns in a mysterious shadow war, race to discover the truth about Odoki before it’s too late.

In the tradition of writers such as Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut, and Evelyn Waugh, War Under the Mango Tree exposes the absurdities of modern warfare as it intersects with media culture, technology, politics, and big business. The result is a darkly painted satire of war, money, and corruption on the far-flung reaches of Pax Americana.