Othuke Ominiabohs ‘A Conspiracy of Ravens’ is a political thriller and a work of fiction. The book exposes the present cause and developments of events that can be said to be spinoffs from the Nigerian Civil War, which now breeds militancy and insurgency in the South of the Niger Delta and the North East of Nigeria.
The novel consists of forty-five chapters with a prologue and epilogue totalling four hundred and one pages. It is set in the rich oil producing Niger Delta with coordinated actions in other areas like Abuja, Enugu, Warri and Kano.
A Conspiracy of Ravens is a serious book that thrills and poignantly raises questions about the consistent political chaos, kidnappings, environmental degradation and the attendant social depravities fuelled by corruption, both of which are internal and external. It is a story of the ‘great paradox’ tied around each of the characters in the novel.
The author tries to establish the connection between the activities of the power brokers of the Niger Delta and their use of the degradation of the Niger Delta to mobilise and arm the militants, so as to use them as a bargaining chip in the politics of Nigeria and also to enrich themselves.
The author, using a conspiracy theory, raises the possibility of the isolated incidence in the Niger Delta, the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East and the resurgence of agitation for the sove ...