Author Martin Roth’s Novel “Predicted” Recent Turmoil in Africa

Novelist Martin Roth has expressed surprise at the manner in which many of the events in his book “Festival in the Desert” have now come true.
Festival in the Desert
Festival in the Desert
Feb. 13, 2013 - PRLog -- "Festival in the Desert" is set in Timbuktu, Mali, the scene of recent fierce clashes between French troops and Muslim rebels.

In the book, doctors at a fictional Christian mission hospital are under attack from Islamist rebels who are trying to take control of part of the country. The rebels are financed by outside interests, and are working with comrades who are returning from Libya - following the fall of Colonel Gaddafi - with large quantities of advanced weaponry.

“In my novel I featured terrorists, kidnappings and attacks on Westerners,” says Roth, the author of 10 published novels. “Soon after the book appeared, during 2012, it all started coming true, as Islamists seized the northern half of Mali.

“Now we see the French taking back much of the territory, and we are learning the reasons for all the fighting, which was also pre-figured in my book.”

Did he expect this when he wrote the novel?

“No, of course I didn’t expect events to transpire in exactly the way they did. But when I began research for the novel it was clear that conditions in Mali and the surrounding countries were highly combustible.

“The northern half of the country had become a lawless Wild West, with heavily armed rebel forces, drug dealers, terrorists and religious extremists. It was an explosive mix. Something dramatic was almost inevitable.”

“Festival in the Desert” is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online bookstores.

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