Nick Hahn’s debut novel is a riveting exploration of friendship, race, and courage, told through the intersecting stories of two fascinating women caught in a storm of politics, intrigue, and spiritual struggle. Skillfully written and tight as a drum, Under the Skin will leave you breathless.
Author of Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life, Mark is a multi-book published author, reviewer, and writing coach.
The book will launch Friday, August 2, 2013. Available on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Nook, Kobo, Apple iBook, and coming soon to your favorite bookstore.
Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer. ― Niccolò Machiavelli
It was halftime when I saw him. He was walking one of his ponies around the cool down track and talking to a striking blonde in skintight jodhpurs. They were fawn colored with brown suede inserts that accentuated her inner thighs. She wore tall black riding boots and a clingy white blouse unbuttoned to mid-chest, showing a hint of perspiration just above her small, perfectly shaped breasts. She didn’t wear a bra.
If ever a girl could intimidate me, this blonde could. She was stunning. I immediately smoothed out my dress and pushed back my tawny red hair. Why, I wondered, was I giving this man or his blonde friend a moment’s notice?
New York, Kampala and St Andrews form a bicultural triangle for international intrigue and suspense as two unlikely friends confront a mounting political crises.
In Under the Skin, a brutal African dictator is challenged by two young women from different worlds: Maggie Kincaid, born to wealth and privilege in New York, and Nabby Kibugu, born to poverty and obscurity in the African bush. Their unlikely friendship sparks a fiery political drama with the potential to upend the leadership of a country and change the lives of millions.
Maggie is working as an intern for an American company in Uganda when she meets longtime pen pal Nabby. She becomes ensnarled in a clandestine political campaign to elect Nabby as the first female president of Uganda. The women risk everything as they take on a corrupt, abusive government. In a startling move, they decide to enlist the improbable help of a notorious warlord, and it’s anyone’s guess as to whether their dangerous gamble will pay off.
Nick Hahn started writing while a student at the University of Notre Dame. His travel diaries reflect fourteen years of working among indigenous peoples from Africa to Latin America, where he witnessed social and political unrest. He makes his home in rural eastern Connecticut near Long Island Sound, where he writes and narrates audiobooks. Under the Skin is his first novel.
Joseph Kony is a notorious warlord and fugitive. He’s a kidnapper, a murderer and a human trafficker. He’s the sadistic leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and continues to evade capture while he terrorizes villagers along the Ugandan borders with Sudan and the Congo Republic. Kony’s role in my novel, Under The Skin, is fiction but his legacy is very real.
This fear was different, not like being lost in the bush or confronted by a Lion. This was a deep and visceral fear that only a woman can understand knowing her body was about to be violated. It was terrifying.
This photo was taken by me when ourToyota Land Cruise pulled over for pictures and unknowingly invaded this big boy’s space. He was a fully developed Cape Buffalo who could have upended our vehicle with a single thrust of those massive horns. We very gently backed out of there and went luckily on our way, that photo was taken no more than 20 feet away. This is Uganda, East Africa the site of my new novel and one of the most mysterious, dangerous and exciting places left on earth. Experience it with me through the pages of Under The Skin.