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By Philip Caputo

Philip Caputo’s tragic and epically bold new novel is determined in Sudan, the place warfare is an everlasting situation. Into this desolate theater come relief staff, missionaries, and mercenaries of moral sense whose braveness and idealism occasionally coexist with treacherous ethical blindness. There’s the entrepreneurial American pilot who is going from flying nutrients and drugs to smuggling hands, the Kenyan reduction employee who can’t aid seeing the tawdry underside of his company, and the evangelical Christian who involves Sudan to redeem slaves and falls in love with a charismatic insurgent commander.

As their fates intersect and our realizing in their characters deepens, it turns into obvious that Acts of Faith is a kind of infrequent novels that mix excessive ethical seriousness with impossible to resist narrative wizardry.   

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