Hills Of Exile

The Unknown (Book One) (Volume 1)

Fiction - Fantasy - General
266 Pages
Reviewed on 02/06/2014
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

McNonwuun, is a Liberian born author, script writer, director and producer. Rhode Island College graduate B.A of Art&Science and minored in creative writing (including films and music study). Although he had been writing long before college, Hills Of Exile is his first novel available to the public. His passion for Art is something almost rooted in him. As his country was torn apart by war and violence, watching his parent separation and growing up a little bit too fast, McNonwuun turned to Art to heal his wounds and hope that through his works he can help other fast, McNonwuun turned to Art to heal his wounds and hopes that through his works he can help others see the imperfections of humanity, but also realizing life has beauty, grace, love and is worth every breath we take. He is a deeply a serious thinker and tries to portray this persona through his writings, but he also takes pleasure in simple things and enjoying life. Working out and traveling to exotic places are next in line to his writing passion. His interests also range from deep space exploration to music (Jazz, Celtic, R&b, Pop and more), history, politics, philosophy, current events, and religious diversities. His favorite eras are the medieval era and 1890-1970, but as a person who likes to be involved in what's happening around him, McNonwuun will tell you his interests continue to grow. One of his fascinations is with war and the fact that one man (leaders, politicians) can cause so much destruction by imploring people, nations and groups to carry out vicious acts against humanity, sometimes without consequences. 
As an artist, McNonwuun almost always wears his heart on his sleeve, and is not afraid to express his opinion or ask the questions that many avoid. This is mostly reflected in his writings and many other forms of art. He is also a filmmaker who spent a great deal of his time making films. 

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

In Hills of Exile by McNonwuun, we meet Isaac Kline. He was a promising bio-medical student when he was offered the opportunity to join a research team. Isaac was horrified when he realized he had helped to create the poison that would be used to destroy his own people. A short time later, Isaac received a letter from his father explaining that he was adopted. The Jewish people were being rounded up and taken to concentration camps. Isaac saw an opportunity to help what he would always consider his people. His plan was to join the German army and help some of the Jewish people, but his plan failed. He embraced his wife’s Christian faith and together they escaped Germany and traveled to North Africa where he became a Christian witness to the Zong people. The people were intolerant of the Christian faith; they were violent and barbaric. Despite the frequent beatings, Isaac knew this was his calling, to witness to the people of Zong.

Hills of Exile is a beautiful read. This is the first book in the Hills of Exile series. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I chose this book. The more I read, the more engrossed I became. McNonwuun is an amazing writer; he let this story tell itself. Even through the brutal scenes, McNonwuun kept the pace even and smooth. The descriptions were vivid but not overdone. Issac Kline was a great character. I liked him and Nora. They worked well together and I found it gratifying to watch their self-sacrificing manner. Hills of Exile has a strong Christian message. The ending was well done. I look forward to the next book in this series.

Jolass Court.

Mr. McNonwuun is a fantastic writer. I had the opportunity to read one o his movie script. He just blew me away. Great work sir!