My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Gerald Freeman has been running from an abusive childhood for most of his adult life. He’s finally at a point where he’s realized that self-medicating with assorted drugs and pushing away well-meaning friends has gotten him nowhere. It’s time for a change. He toys with the idea of killing his father in an attempt to quell his inner demons, but fortunately, he opts for something more meaningful, legal and only slightly less dangerous: traveling throughout Africa on a journey of self-discovery.
Gerald Freeman is a master storyteller. I found myself immediately hooked and completely immersed in a story that could only be told by someone who lived through it. I was struck by how much I didn’t know about Africa. Mr. Freeman has successfully painted a vivid picture of life in some amazing and exotic, yet overwhelmingly poverty-stricken, places like Uganda and Kenya. From start to finish, the reader experiences both the beauty and the danger of traveling the back roads and jungles through the eyes of the author. Through bouts of malaria, flesh-eating parasite attacks, gunfire, attempted robberies and more, we are right there with the author. Experiencing the heartwarming stories and the daily trials and tribulations of several of the book’s “characters” has a powerful effect on readers. The many challenges encountered by the average African family gives us a greater sense of appreciation for what the rest of us sometimes take for granted.
Kill Daddy is one of those rare books that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading the last page. I’ve heard that the best way to deal with our problems is to help other people with theirs. I got a real sense that the author was able to begin to heal by helping those around him. Gerald Freeman definitely has a philosophical way of looking at the world, without ever sounding hokey or preachy. I’m happy that Gerald Freeman chose to travel through Africa in favor of committing murder! I’m now looking forward to his next book!