Junta Review -Guyana Times

‘Junta: The Coup is On’ – A novel by Ken Puddicombe

‘Junta…’ is more than a novel merely about a bloodless coup, executed by the military in a seemingly flawless plan headed by General Septimus Ignatius Marks, wrenching power from the legitimately elected government, as it goes beyond the coup into the machinations of the junta to hold onto to power, at whatever cost, pitting its machinery of manufactured fear and military decisiveness backed by a gang of mercenaries/thugs, headed by The Reverend – a merciless criminal, carrying out the dictates – doing the dirty work – of the army acting under direct instruction of Captain Stevenson, against tiny groups of people seeking the return to civilian rule and the restoration of Front Cover of Junta A Novel by Ken Puddicombedemocracy, a group consisting of students of a university led by Melanie Sanderson, the pugnacious editor of a newspaper, Clarence Baptiste, and a reformist priest, Father Bert, as it goes beyond the junta birthed in the wake of the coup as General Marks is supplanted by his protégé, now General Glen Stevenson. All of the above is set against the backdrop of Hurricane David which adds little to the suspense of the plot, but was a major player in further pauperising the less fortunate while sparing the rich and fortunate few.

 

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JUNTA -What Readers Say About It

“…The diverse characters in the book become enmeshed in the struggle and the tension between them builds increasingly from page to page.” –Enrico Downer, author of There Once Was a Little England.


“JUNTA examines the politics of a nation as only a skilled storyteller like author Ken Puddicombe can.  Rich with local flavor and characters that live and breathe on the page, JUNTA will stay with you long after you close the book.”—Karen Fenech author of The Protectors Series.


on March 2, 2016
In reading Junta, I found Mr. Puddicombe to be a very good storyteller. The narrative of this book had rhythm and tone that was tastefully weaved in with facts, that gave it the writing style of non-fiction. I got a sense that I was on a historical journey from a journalistic point of view. The book featured scenes with meaningful slices of life. There were so many well-planned series of events that occured as soon as the plot unfolded, which heightened the conflict from the opening pages with background information coming through as the story progresed.

All of the characters were well-developed. They were credible, interesting and unique, with disctintive voices. Each character has their own personal journey, suffering and hopes. I thoroughly understood them through their thoughts, feeling and actions. The dialogue was done with such sophistication that it revealed new facets of their personalities. West Indians have a specific way of phrasing sentences and I liked Ken’s artistic decision to go with the accent. It flowed well and it was easy to follow. I noticed there was a lot of emphasis on the setting of the fictionous island of St. Anglia. The setting adequately described powerful descriptive passages and visual imagery that at times I actually felt I was brought into the world that he created, as the author. This story had so much rising tensions and climaxes that at times it felt like I was watching an action movie.

Overall, I think the basic premise of this novel was appealing and well executed. It’s concise with a great writing style. I feel as a historical fiction it captured the time and it kept me totally engaged from the beginning to the end.


on February 18, 2015
This fictional account of a Coup on a fictional island in the Caribbean made for an interesting read. However there was one part of the book which needed more to be written about before the conclusion of the story.

JUNTA -a novel

CAN AN INDIVIDUAL MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHEN POWERFUL FORCES ARE ALIGNED AGAINST DEMOCRACY? CAN SOMEONE AVOID THE STIGMA OF HIS HERITAGE?

These questions are essential to the theme of the novel JUNTA.

Expatriate Marcus Jacobson wants to make a difference on newly independent Saint Anglia where he is taking up a professorship but there are forces that will test his expectation. The military, under General Marks stages a coup, and Hurricane David is heading for the island.

Marcus also has skeletons in his closet. He’s descended from the Planter Class that once owned slaves on the island. He’s torn—does he have the right to get involved in the politics of the island or should he be a bystander?

The people Marcus encounters will determine his attitude to the Junta. These people include: Melanie, a student who thinks force should be used to restore democracy; Father Bert, a priest who believes in Liberation Theology; Clarence Baptiste, editor of the local newspaper who will use the media to oppose; The Reverend who runs a dirty tricks campaign for the Junta; Kentish, an islander who is a pacifist by nature and believes that events should run their course. Marcus finds himself being inexorably drawn towards Melanie and when she takes matters into her own hands, the decision is made. But, the Junta is determined to hold on to power at all cost.


 

 

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Front Cover of Junta A Novel by Ken Puddicombe

Front Cover of Junta: A Novel by Ken Puddicombe

What can we do when the armed forces seize power from our democratically elected government, however corrupt?

In Junta: A Novel, set in 1979 on the Caribbean Island of Saint Anglia, Ken Puddicombe explores this question. Taking us within the inner circle of the Junta, he introduces us to General Marks, chief of the armed forces, and his second-in-command, Colonel Stevenson. On a tranquil Sunday morning, while their Prime Minister is away in Barbados attending a conference of Caribbean leaders, the general executes his meticulously planned and bloodless coup.

Opposition to the military takeover comes from Melanie Sanderson, a university student in her twenties who calls on students, faculty members, and the people of Saint Anglia to join her and her friends on a peaceful, protest march to the legislative center.

History Professor Marcus Jacobson, whom she admires, rejects her…

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