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The Lost Ones is the second installment of the story of John, also known as Zahwu, the fair-skinned, red-haired son of Christian missionaries in Liberia, Africa. As a young man, Zahwu learned in bush school the Law and how to survive the hazards of the jungle. Armed with nothing more than a bush knife, a slingshot, and a healthy respect for the dangers that lurked there, Zahwu recognized even then that this harsh wilderness was also home to great beauty and very resilient people.
The series, Jungle Tales of Liberia, chronicles the major events that draw John back to his beloved Liberia to once again become Zahwu, the jungle boy turned man. Now a medical researcher for Dienicem Industries, Zahwu may have found the cure to a deadly disease—a pandemic that threatens the entire world. To mass-produce the vaccine, Zahwu must get more of the serum that Beyon, his friend and mentor, sent to him. Zahwu must first find Beyon, and then, to save Beyon’s life, he must embark on a hero’s journey in search of the treasure of the Lost Ones.
Profoundly eloquent in its message, The Lost Ones proves once again that the true measure of a man is not determined by skin color or culture, but by the depth of character, and the evil that lurks in the hearts of men is as destructive as the most deadly predators in the jungle.
By Kimberly Richardson, The novel, The Lost Ones, received a Lexile scoring of 850L.