Drone Child: A Novel of War, Family, and Survival by David H. Rothman

Drone Child: A Novel of War, Family, and Survival by David H. Rothman
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by David H. Rothman 

Drone Child

Kidnapped for his brilliance, a 15-year-old electronics genius must fly deadly drones and fight as a sea-going pirate to keep his parents alive. Can he escape and also free his twin sister from the clutches of a major sex-trafficker?

Earlier he worked as a self-taught Internet expert in the mega-city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while his songbird sister aspired to be a rumba star. But murderous gun-worshippers chloroformed him and whisked him away. Now he must fight for the wrong side.

The crazies know exactly where his parents and dog live. The leader of his captors, the thuggish Congolese Purification Army, is a seven-foot-tall whack-job handy with AK-47s and oversized machete blades.

Drone Child: A Novel of War, Family, and Survival offers a gripping, inspirational story for mature young adults and older readers. It’s told as Lemba Adula’s war memoir looking back on his life as a child soldier and pirate some 25 years earlier in the 2020s.

Lemba isn’t just smart–he’s witty and likable, and you’ll be rooting for him and his sister to overcome the scary odds.

Drone Child contains no explicit sex or explicit drug descriptions, and the violence is no different from what would be expected in a war novel.

This revised edition of the novel, originally published as No Taller than My Gun, includes a colorful new cover and discussion questions for book clubs, libraries, and schools–prepared with help from Karen Heilman, M.Ed., and the novel’s two Congolese fact-checks and critiques.

One was Junior Boweya, a translator, software localization expert, and businessman. The other was Jean Felix Mwema Ngandu, a former Mandela Fellow and a leading civic activist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Chick Lit Café Book Review:

On some level of consciousness, we all realize that the world is a complicated and sometimes dangerous place, but have you ever thought about how far you would go to keep your family safe? Drone Child by David H. Rothman is a thrilling, complex story full of extraordinary characters who find themselves making what would usually be considered wrong decisions, but for all the right reasons. With a clear, cool voice, the gripping story is told by the narrator, Lemba, as he, his twin sister Josiane, and their parents survive dayy-to-day in the life threatening Congo.  

Lemba and Josiane are growing up in a small, rural village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and hear frequent reports of attacks committed by the Congolese Purification Army.  Lemba is an electronics whiz kid and Josiane is an aspiring singer, so to avoid being forced into service in the Army and to save their parents, the twins head off to make their fortunes in the city of Kinshasa. Unfortunately, Lemba’s exceptional talent with drones and electronics draws the attention of the people he’s been trying to avoid, and after he’s kidnapped and forced to work with the soldiers, Josiane suddenly disappears as well. What follows is a non-stop incredible, harrowing and inspiring story filled with violent warfare, adventure and incredible exploits as Lemba uses his genius, experiences and perseverance to overcome his many dilemmas, rescue his family, and succeed.

With this kind of storyline, you’d think this book would be tragic and difficult to read. However, Mr. Rothman has given Lemba and Josiane, as well as other significant characters, grace and resilience to overcome their challenges and use their experiences to fuel a positive future. Even though it’s a world away from what is familiar to me, the exotic and intriguing settings are realistic and add a layer of authenticity to the action. The story moves along at a good pace and doesn’t get bogged down in the negativity that Lemba encounters. In fact, it’s one of the aspects that I admire the most about this book – its positivity and courage shown in the face of danger and uncertainty.

Throughout Drone Child, I found myself cheering for clever and brilliant Lemba. Despite finding himself in many harrowing situations that I wouldn’t know how to deal with, he comes out on top and uses his experiences and intelligence to make the world a better place. I was inspired by this action packed, gripping and suspenseful rags to riches story and I wholeheartedly give it five stars! Drone Child by David H. Rothman comes highly recommended by Chick Lit Café. 

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Book narrator, Dion Graham is the best of the best. His voice is rich, smooth and emotive, making stories come alive. His ability to portray and become the characters is extraordinary. His various character accents are always flawless and spot on. His voice transports readers so completely and puts them directly on the scene watching on and listening as the story unfolds and the characters, action and scenery all come to vivid life. He was won many prominent awards for his brilliant work and amazing expressive voice. Some of these awards include the AudioFile Golden Voice award, a spot in the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame, and many Audie and Earphones awards.
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Why David Rothman wrote Drone Child: Lemba Adula’s Q&A with him
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