Deep Secrets

Author: William Salmond


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As the Coronavirus ravaged the world economy with the yawning chasm of inequality between rich and poor getting deeper and wider no one seemed to notice the movement south into Africa of swathes of Al-Qaeda hardened committed fighters. It was a unique opportunity to regroup and prepare for the final knock- out blow to the Great Satan and her allies whose economies were already on the ropes. 

Is life a game of chance? Or is there a guiding hand? Racked by guilt and shame can we truly be forgiven and find healing and even love?


Money man Winslow Kirk looks for answers to these questions as he steps out of his comfort zone into the heart of Africa in search of his granddaughter Eleanor whom he allowed to be given up for adoption following a tragic boating accident. A threat note from the world’s number one terrorist who is coordinating the threat to Western countries sharpens his resolve. Can he find Eleanor and will she forgive him? After his wife’s death and his own cardiac illness he begins to muse about what really matters. Like a grain of sand slipping between the two shells of an oyster it irritates and itches. Could a new mysticism emerge like a pearl? Helped by epidemiologist Willow Carr who initiated Camp Hopeful a retreat for HIV positive young people in Uganda Winslow’s life changes beyond recognition. On the banks of Lake Albert in Uganda Eleanor is abducted and taken to a terrorist safe haven in DR Congo. Can he rescue her and receive her forgiveness? Helped also by Kaluki a simple pygmy in the Ituri Forest of DR Congo and teenager Kiabo, Eleanor’s new friend and the leader of Camp Hopeful, Winslow discovers that finding a new faith and mysticism takes on fresh meaning and with it a surprising prize. 

William (Willie) Salmond is the author of ‘Grandma’ which won the National Book Trust of Uganda award. His second thriller was ‘Ceremony of Innocence’ and his first children’s book is ‘Adventures of Isha’ His screenplay still waiting for the screen is called ‘Journey to the Heart.’

 The author has spent most of his working life in Africa in International Development with private and USAID funding. He has followed the routes of the great explorers such as David Livingston and Sir Samuel Baker. After his studies in St. Andrews, Edinburgh, and Tubingen The Church of Scotland sent him to Accra where he was ordained a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. Local ministers are given the same name as traditional healers – osofw. 

 During his work with World Learning he helped start Africa’s first HIV testing center The AIDS Information Center in Kampala. With Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Uganda he inaugurated Ariel Children’s Camps for HIV positive young people. These continue in many African countries. He also gives Bible-based messages of encouragement in churches. 

 He now calls Westport Connecticut his base camp. Visit him at 

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Pages: 200 | Trim Size: 5.5x8.5

Genre: Fiction

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