Now not to mislead, I loved the Captain and his Mandolin (less so the movie if I am honest), but my all time favourite Louis De Bernieres work is his series based in a war torn and drug riddled South American Republic (Colombia?), comprising of The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts, Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord, (my personal favourite) and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman.
Magical Black panthers prowl the pages, where individual (and gorilla) bravery in the face of frankly evil drug cartels have you cheering, laughing and sometimes crying with the horror of if all.
In all three books, the characters experience passion, death and redemption, taking the reader on an emotional journey littered with joyful highs and confronting lows.
Louis uses magical devices to blunt the impact of the man made evil, and
Not many authors can so successfully pair horror and heartbreak with love, humour and hope. Although an older series, this is still so well worth a read I had to share it on LMK.
These wonderful books are available for purchase from Amazon,com via the following link:
The works of Louis de Bernieres