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"An Ice-Cream War" is the story of American, German, and British lives in Eastern Africa turned upside down by World War I. European and American settlers in Eastern Africa, once friendly neighbors, reluctantly turned to enemies. The background of the novel is the amazing success of German lieutenant colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck (not much portrayed in the story), who commanded Germany's tiny, undersupplied African force (mostly African soldiers). He inflicted embarrassing losses on British forces at Tanga, and tied down Allied forces that outnumbered his own by at least 10 to 1 for the duration of the war. Against this fascinating and little-known history, "An Ice-Cream War" is an engaging novel of war, love, and revenge.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1900-1920's War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army Specific to    -   WW I Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   stranded Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Black Africa    -   White Enclave Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes Where?    -   Ocean Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   food/shelter preoccupation Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex Unusual forms of death    -   decapitated Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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