Saturday, 31 October 2015

Why "Child Soldier" as a Theme?

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The controversial issue and topic regarding children who take part in conflicts around the world had intrigued me for a very long time. It stems from me finding myself pondering the philosophical concept of -

I am not going to write a thesis on that just yet - lol. But most of us know that what exactly constitutes "normality" had been a topic of pensive thought for many a philosopher under his tree or hermit in his cave.

When I look at my own life, my surroundings, my social circumstances, upbringing etc. (which is pretty much along the "Western model" even though I am a South African) then I start to realize just how fortunate I am and how being raised with decent role models shaped my life into something resembling something fairly decent.

But I needed to be taught concepts such as respect, compassion and even love. Be it at school, through my parents, through peers, through friends or even religious institutions - the fact remains that somewhere along my path in life somebody had defined this for me. And I had put it into practice.

If one was to be born on a desolate island and had to grow up all on your own with no social interaction - what would your perception of "normality" be? Think along the lines of "Lord of the Flies" for example.

What would be acceptable and what not? Is it not society which mostly lays down these rules for us? And then a very specific society with a very specific culture and way of viewing things? In some societies it is acceptable to stone a person to death. In others that practice is absolutely shocking.

So - now imagine a child without parents, suddenly finding himself in a country which is riddled by war and instability. Growing up without any guidance or role models. Not even religion (any religion - whatever your views on it) to teach the basic commandments. And then he is cast into the claws of warlords and rebels who know only one thing - War.

What would the reality and normality for such a child be? Death, destruction, killing, hatred, rape, plunder and murder? And how would such a child ever reintegrate into "normal society" again? What chance does such a child have to learn concepts such as 'compassion' or 'love' or 'giving' or 'mercy'?

And these thoughts were exactly why I chose and explored the theme. Further research brought me into touch with the shocking reality that as many as 300,000 children around the globe find themselves exactly in this terrible position - at this very moment. Scarred for life and having little chance of ever knowing "normality" as most of us understand it. Instruments to be exploited.

Lost youth. Lost futures. Lost innocence. Never having the chance to be simple young kids playing in the park with other kids. Instead of kicking a ball, these children carry rifles as their "toys" and are in the serious and deadly business of killing - or to be killed...

Can you even BEGIN to imagine the psyche of such a child or how his or her young mind must be shaped and corrupted by the evils of grown men at war? Just mull over that for a moment...

Please feel free to leave your own thoughts on this.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Please Do Review "Child Soldier" on Amazon!

I wish to sincerely thank every single person who had already bought a copy of either the Paperback version or the Kindle eBook version.

It is incredibly satisfying to know that one's hard work is finally in the hands of the public. This makes me feel that every minute I had put into it was truly worth it!

I hereby wish to invite those who bought their copies on any of the Amazon sites, or who has an Amazon account, to please take the time and write an honest review.

Each review gives me just that little bit extra visibility and this helps to promote my book. No matter if you thought the book was not to your liking! Honest opinion counts and this is a learning-curve for me which can only help to make the next attempt a better one. 

You are of course also more than welcome to leave any comments, suggestions or criticism here. I can take the punch! lol - I am also happy to announce that the "look inside" feature is now fully functional for the Kindle version.

Remember that the book is directly available from the printers - CreateSpace - an Amazon affiliate in the USA. The site also enables discount codes for larger orders by retailers --> 

Most countries have their own Amazon sites and I suggest a simple search for "Child Soldier - Bosman" on your country's Amazon website.

The direct link for the USA is here --> Paperback and Kindle
The direct link for the UK  is here ---> Paperback and Kindle Amazon UK

Thanks again and keep those Reviews and Star Ratings coming PLEASE...

Best regards,
Herman F. Bosman

Monday, 26 October 2015

"Child Soldier - A Novel" was Published!

I am incredibly happy to announce that my first novel had finally been published today - 26th October 2015 - after a very long and exhausting few months (yeay!)

For the moment it is still only available in Paperback format directly from the printers, namely the Amazon subsidiary, CreateSpace.

In maybe 3 to 5 days from today it should also be available in the Paperback version on and all Amazon Europe websites. Even on Amazon Japan, Mexico and Brazil.

Once the book is available on these sites, I will update the links.
And of course the eBook format on Amazon Kindle will follow very soon!

If you wish to read an excerpt of the book, I have uploaded a short preview on CreateSpace. It is however only available for a limited few days. The Amazon stores should also have previews available through their "Look Inside" function as soon as the book appears on their Paperback and eBook shelves.

Click on THIS link for a short Excerpt from "Child Soldier" and feel free to rate it any way you please! (Limited period only)