J. A. Lourenco

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Writing is a Hobby. As such, it is intended primarily for the writer's enjoyment.
 Still, it is very gratifying when you learn that a particular reader liked a story you weaved or found your work entertaining or even enlightening.

The two titles below are available for your pleasure.

My first book, Pandemic, is a 'what-if' exercise. As most adults will remember, shortly after the 9/11 attack there was a less traumatic but equally frightening event - the anthrax scare - which created havoc with mail delivery and generated temporary panic at all levels of society. It turned out to be just a deranged loner, but what if this had been a well-planned, well-funded, careful terrorist act, involving a real contagious agent? The result was a work of fiction that readers have found eye-opening.

My second book, On the Banks of the Zambezi, is a much more personal story. Growing up in Portugal during the tail end of the Portuguese colonial empire, I remember a period of anxiety and fear that is being lost in the younger generations. While the dictatorial government in Lisbon stubbornly tried to hold on to the shadows of former glory, a generation of young boys was shipped from their homeland to places like Angola, Mozambique, Guine-Bissau and others, to fight a war they knew very little about. I remember the angst of the families they left behind, the stories they told when they returned at the end of their 3 to 4 year turn, and the many who came back in body bags. As fate would have it, years later I married a young refugee from one of those places, Mozambique, who had experienced, first-hand, the horrors of the colonial war and the civil war that followed the young nation’s independence. Her personal story, as the child of white parents attempting to carve out a living in the interior of Africa, is quite fascinating by itself. On the Banks of the Zambezi is based on those stories, an attempt to tell a piece of Africa’s history that has not been well recorded, in a way that makes it real.

Check the tabs for these two book, along with comments from previous readers. If curious enough and decide to read them, I hope you enjoy them. Whatever your reaction, your comments will always be welcome. Please drop me a note at lourenco@scriptor.us


                                                                                              J. A. Lourenco



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