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A middle-aged man with the crushing weight of his American past seeks peace and a simpler life in rural Kenya. Armed with only his smokes and coffee he discovers a friendship with the most unlikely of friends–a lioness he rightfully names Malaika (Angel in Swahili). But she is no ordinary lioness nor is he an ordinary man. Between them they share a gift. But not all embrace their bond and some seek to sever it. Discover this new world rich in human truth and sensibility.

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About the author

Van lives in Burbank, California with the lingering spirit of Redford—his adopted morbidly obese cat, which was more of a paperweight than a feisty feline, his wife Mary and her very alive kitty—Abigail.

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Quotes From Malaika

  • Funny, no matter how far one travels the past is just a moment, just a thought away.

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  • In the end we are either loved or we are not. No matter what one has done it is never too late to press the soles of one’s feet back toward a path of rightness, of goodness and of forgiveness.

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  • Oh, yes—life is slower here; not in a dimwitted way, but in a take-a-deep-breath-and-live kind of way.

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  • Only a true friend has compassion enough to put another friend out of their terminal misery.

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  • But you, you have what has been ‘taken’ from you still warm within your breast, but you are too righteous to see what is plain for all to see.

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  • Funny, no matter how far one travels the past is just a moment, just a thought away.

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  • Only a true friend has compassion enough to put another friend out of their terminal misery.

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  • Oh, yes—life is slower here; not in a dimwitted way, but in a take-a-deep-breath-and-live kind of way.

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  • But you, you have what has been ‘taken’ from you still warm within your breast, but you are too righteous to see what is plain for all to see.

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  • But what I speak of is fairy tales. In this life, what I speak of will never be.

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  • Later, I found out that the kill is half of the meal and that handouts were below her.

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  • The reason for my story is we have a place in life. We belong to a system, and every piece has its place.

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  • In the end we are either loved or we are not. No matter what one has done it is never too late to press the soles of one’s feet back toward a path of rightness, of goodness and of forgiveness.

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