The Guest From Johannesburg is the much-antipated sequel to The Millionaires Cruise, featuring adventurous travel executive Duff Malone. Set in Hawaii, Asia and South Africa, this epic tale of hope and resilience is also an anti-war novel — a sharp indictment of deceitful government leaders, and warlords throughout the world.
Carefully crafted and replete with memorable characters, The Guest From Johannesburg is a coming of age story that carries Malone from energetic young cruise director to respected Pan Am executive, from violent pre-war Asia in the 1930s to America’s tumultuous Vietnam protest years of the 1970s. Set in Hawaii, it presents informed and affectionate insights about Hawaiian attitudes and cultures.
A wise narrator with a hidden agenda elicits powerful personal stories from Malone and his friends, constructing a unique saga that spans two generations and three major wars. It brings to life painful experiences of Japanese-Americans imprisoned at Amache internment camp in Colorado, U.S. prisoners within Omori camp in Yokohama, and non-white South Africans within apartheid South Africa. It vividly captures Japan’s invasion of Shanghai and Pearl Harbor, as well as America’s cruelty at My Lai and Kent State.
The Guest From Johannesburg is a riveting examination of the horrors of war and the heroic resilience of individuals who fight for peace, invoking the words and inspirations of JFK, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Joan Baez. This is an anti-war novel that offers hope for future generations.
I have hope in people, in individuals. Because you don't know what's going to rise from the ruins. --Joan Baez
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