Award-winning novel set in Kenya reveals intrigue and corruption

the Independent Press Award recognised Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sunset by Gerald Everett Jones in the General Fiction category as Distinguished Favorite (Silver Award). This is the seventh prize for the novel and the fourteenth for the author in the past two years. The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional editors. Selected IPA Award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.

Inspired by real events but fictionalized to protect the guilty, Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner tells the story of a middle-aged, widowed, lonely American expat from Los Angeles who seeks solace and good times at a seaside resort on the white sand beaches of the Indian Ocean. The author explains, “Sex tourism is how it starts, but geopolitical intrigue is how it ends.”

Kenyan national elections will be held later this year in August. Desmond BoiEditorialist for The standard and Citizen television in Nairobi, speaks truth to corrupt power when he observes: “Kenyan Sundowner by Harry Harambee is a gripping and witty read that explores the socio-political climate in Kenya in an honest way that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. It is a clear and compelling perspective that portrays Kenya realistically while exploring glaring issues that plague the country. When Harry decides to stop being a spectator who lets others decide his fate, it’s remarkable. This can be likened to Kenyans finally deciding to take responsibility rather than just going with the flow, waiting for the decisions that affect their lives to be made for them. And it can be done without selling one’s soul in the process and leaving a legacy and a better country worthy of its name.

Since its publication in June last year, Kenyan Sundowner by Harry Harambee has also won six other awards in prestigious book competitions: Florida Authors and Publishers Association (Bronze) in Adult Fiction, National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE) Best in Literary Fiction, New York City Big Book Award (Silver), Royal Dragonfly Honorable Mention, Best Indies Top Shelf 100, and IRWIN Award for Best Literary Fiction from the Book Publicists of Southern California.

In 2022, the Independent Press Awards had entries worldwide. Authors and publishers from countries such as Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Jordan, Puerto Rico and Switzerland participated.

“We are proud to announce the winners and distinguished favorites of our 2022 annual independent press award. This year included a range of quality and diverse independent books,” said award sponsor Gabrielle Olczak. “It’s crystal clear that independent publishing is pushing to every corner of the earth with great content. We’re excited to highlight key titles representing global independent publishing.”

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Gerald Everett Jones is also the author of the award-winning book The Evan Wycliff Mystery series. Kenyan Sundower by Harry Harambee is published in paperback and e-book form by LaPuerta Books and Media and available from booksellers worldwide.

Lucas E. Kelly