In the Shadow of Freedom: A Heroic Journey to Liberation, Manhood, and America

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Born into the Congolese wilderness, Tchicaya Missamou became a child soldier at age 11. As a horrific civil war loomed across his country, Tchicaya began using his militia connections to ferry jewels, cash, computers, and white diplomats out of the country. By 17, he was rich. By 18, he was a hunted man, his house destroyed, his family brutalized in front of him by his own militia. By 19, he’d left behind everything he’d ever known, escaping to Europe and, eventually, to America.

Incredibly, that was only the start of his journey.

In the Shadow of Freedom is the uplifting story of one man’s quest to achieve the American Dream. Tchicaya Missamou’s life is a shining example of why America is a gift that should not be taken for granted, and why we are limited only by the breadth of our imagination and the strength of our will.

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IN THE SHADOW OF FREEDOM: A Boy Soldier's Heroic Journey to Manhood and Liberation

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A remarkable escape story by a young soldier caught in the devastating Congo civil war.Assisted by screenwriter and playwright Sentell, Missamou recounts his story in layered time periods, moving back ... Read full review

Most Captivating Book I've Ever Read

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I read 170 books last year, 153 the year before and 130 the prior year. I must say, this is the most captivating book I've ever read. I just could not put it down. The book details growing up in the ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Tchicaya Missamou was born and raised in Brazzaville, Congo. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in education and is the proud owner of The Warrior Fitness Camp, Inc., a high-end personal training facility. He lives in Santa Clarita, California, with his wife, Ana, and three children, Marie Vagansi, Yana Simbasi, and Allan Kelvin Tamsi, "The Legend." Visit

Travis Sentell was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where he works as a screenwriter, essayist, novelist, actor and playwright.

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