Victims of Betrayal
A Story of Psychological Trauma and Homicide
The mood of this work is almost pulsating with energy; there is such a sense of foreboding that the tension of the author’s writing feels like a pressure that is sure to blow.
Yet this is a welcome pressure, as the reader is aware that they are caught up in a profound conflict-- faith, betrayal, and what it means when there is not just friction but collision can be no less than momentous—and the author captures this in all its visceral evocativeness.
There is a lyricism to the violence that simply cannot be overlooked—evidenced in a sentence such as “Young man, hear it now, I am not afraid of death, Old men go to death but death comes to young men.” The form is reminiscent of parable, sermon, and the diasporic work of a writer like Chinua Achebe.
While this F.E.C.
Nwaiwu’s work is clearly a unique voice, and the experience he is reflecting is likely to feel profoundly singular, his incorporation of multiple “voices” through Biblical, literary, poetic, and lyrical references ensures a multi-textured feels that almost begs for numerous points of interpretation—providing a welcome opening for the engaged reader.
Equally so, he very much hit his stride in terms of dialogue (and dialect) in sentences such as: “*Officer I no de carry kidnappers and no drugs de inside my bus.”Cole Gustafson, New York.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Fortune E.C.
Nwaiwu is a clergyman and a school tutor.
He obtained his first prestigious degree in English and Literary Studies from University of Ibadan Institute of Education, Rivers State College of Education and University of Calabar for his M.A.
in Applied English Linguistics.
He is the third son of Rev.