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Karamoh Kabba has written both a fictional/historical account in a plot that reads so well, the reader is transported to spheres of geography where hitherto has not been, yet occupies the terrain where an omniscient writer lures the attentive reader. To read this book is to stand yonder in Africa of kings, chiefs and men of intrigue. The protagonist Chief Morquee III is the apotheosis of the tale told by Kabba. In hubris and likeness, he is the embodiment of Okonkwo of Chinua Achebe's classic novel, Things Fall Apart. In Kabba's story, an obdurate and powerful chief, a veteran of tribal wars, throws down the gauntlet to flout the authority of a white governor who has ordered a new tax that Chief Morquee would not permit his people to pay. A standoff between the chief and governor leads to a war of nerves that blossoms into a contest of war.