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Returning to Burma to teach for a month, Dr. George Daniels and his wife, Vienna, had not expected to get involved in a war. But a renegade colonel disrupts the balance of power between the dictatorship and the insurgent hill armies, flooding the Thai border with refugees. George discovers information crucial to ending the conflict yet is prevented from using it at the Flame Tree truce conference because his wife is being held hostage. This is the story of a man who has spent a lifetime avoiding confrontation, and who now finds himself in a mediators role, between a dictatorship and rebel armies fighting for survival, all the while concerned for the safety of his loved one.
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Keith Dahlberg has a BA in chemistry (Syracuse University) and an MD from SUNY Upstate Medical Center. He worked fifteen years with hospitals of American Baptist Churches USA in Myanmar and Thailand, and thirty years in private medical practice in the silver-mining region of northern Idaho. After retiring from office practice he worked as a temporary supply doctor in America and abroad, including East Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea, Kachin State in Myanmar, and Kwai River Christian Hospital in Thailand. "South Sea Gold" is his sixth book; two are now in their second edition. His first novel, "Flame Tree," received a finalist award in Peace Hope's 2001 International Writing Awards competition. His second novel, "The Samana Incident," was awarded first prize in fiction at the 2007 Green Lake Christian Writers' Conference. He and his wife Lois live in Kellogg, Idaho. They have four children, and nine grandchildren.
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A modern historical novel! Dec 10, 2003
Keith Dahlberg's novel places the reader into modern Burma and Thailand through the eyes of medical missionaries. The author provides excellent "you are there" descriptions of the people and places, and readers soon are whisked into a fast moving politcal adventure.
I enjoyed the novel greatly, having briefly visited some of the areas decribed. The descriptions brought me back in time to those areas, and the novel highlights the hidden unstable political environment that most westerners don't see.
Flame Tree review Oct 18, 2002
Flame Tree was a finalist in Copred's 2001 Peace Writing competion and has an incredible depth of knowledge about the politics, as well as the culture, of Thailand and Burma. More importantly, its author inspires the reader to find nonviolent answers to conflict. Dr. Keith Dahlberg does this by weaving the lives of two humanitarian volunteers with the lives of countless others who represent organizations working with the people of Southeast Asia. What happens at the Flame Tree Inn in Mai Hong Son on the border of Burma and Thailand is surprising, concuding a story that is both provoking and pacifistic. Flame Tree is a significant text for anyone who is interested in making peace. Dr. Karen Lentz Clark Department of English University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Ar
Flame Tree, a novel by Dr. Keith Dahlberg Aug 8, 2002
I had not read a novel for 40 years but I wanted to read Flame Tree by Dr. Keith Dahlberg because he was our family doctor for 20 years. He was a very good family doctor and he and his nurse wife Lois made a real team. No one here wanted to see them retire and leave. Dr. Dahlberg was moral, humble, unassuming and kind. So what kind of novel would he write? It was eye opener and I loved it.
The novel gives insight into third world countries. It helps us to see that the world we live in is not simple. You cannot just give food, medical supplies and even our time unless we know what is going on. The novel helps us to understand in an easy way why that is so important. Not being interested in political realities, I found myself being pulled into this story and finally cheering when our hero ends up helping in a surprising way.
We could take that same prescription to any other area of the world and it would work as well. The unfortunate part of the novel is that the Dr. and Mrs. Dahlbergs will never be front page news. We make heroes of movie and rock stars when we should be holding these people to the light. If we could clone them and send 1000 in every direction the world would view Americans in a totally different light. We are now viewed as brash, selfish, arrogant and sometimes as bullies. If you read Flame Tree you could understand how we could be viewed in an entirely different way. This novel should be required reading for every American.