Author David Hartness releases ‘Amani’s River’

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New book takes readers through Africa’s turmoil, revealing child soldier’s compelling tale of survival

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After spending time in Africa and learning about the civil war and the atrocities that occurred, author David Hartness became inspired to tell one unique story. Having learned more about child soldiers and the growing demand for child soldiers in war-torn countries, it is his aim to tell a story through their eyes and give them voices. This desire is made possible in his new publication, “Amani's River” (published by Xlibris).

This book tells the story behind the Mozambican Civil war and the atrocities that came to define the country. Ten-year-old Aderito has been brought from the United States to the banks of a beautiful river in Homoine, Mozambique. There, he befriends a young girl named Victoria and for a brief time, their childhood is promising. Soon, the violence that is raging across the country makes its way to Aderito’s doorstep and both children are abducted by rebels and forced to learn the ways of trained killers. Caught in a battle that ravages villages and tears families apart, Aderito knows he cannot expect a happy ending. Amidst the torments they have to face, will Aderito find a way to survive the childhood that will define him as a man?

A harrowing read, “Amani's River” takes readers to the horrors of war in Africa and the underlying issue of exploiting children to become tools in the hands of the powerful. Hartness hopes to appeal to one’s emotions and let them witness the struggles thousands of African children face as they are tormented with the wish to act as children, but forced to act like men, and become valuable weapons.

“Amani's River”
By David Hartness
Hardcover | 6x9in | 228 pages | ISBN 9781503529953
Softcover | 6x9in | 228 pages | ISBN 9781503529946
E-Book | 228 pages | ISBN 9781503530300
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
David Hartness is a freelance writer and English teacher working in an international setting. An avid traveler, inspired by many cultures, he enjoys using this subject in his blog “A Small Perspective.” Raised on Vashon, a small island in Puget Sound, Washington, he learned the values of life and hard work to pursue his ambitions. This led him to travel internationally, serving a small school in Ebukolo, Kenya. While in Kenya, he lived in a mud hut with no running water or electricity. Mr. Hartness had ambitions to make lasting change while in Kenya but ended up learning more from the experience than he gave back. He later served in the U.S. Peace Corps as an education volunteer stationed in Namaacha, Mozambique. Upon leaving service, he continued his education, receiving an MBA from Walden University, and currently enrolled in a DBA program.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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