Late author’s book released

Published 12:29 am Saturday, February 12, 2011

The adventures of the Rev. Alabaster Armstrong continue in “The Jungle of Fear,” the latest mystery novel from late author Claude W. Keenam.

Keenam was a retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major, a retired educator of the Andalusia City Schools System and a retired United Metho-dist Minister of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. He died in December.

His wife and Star-News columnist, Nina Keenam, will promote the book in his memory.

In the story, the Rev. Armstrong and his band of crusaders watched the great walls of Sanctuary Mission sink slowly into the distance.

Soon they would be living in hobo jungles and boxcars surrounded by menacing men who would kill within a moment if they knew their mission.

Deep in the swamps of southern Louisiana, they boarded a coastal trader that carried them across the Gulf and up the Amazon to Saint Pablo on the Negro River.

There they found high, barbed wire fences where sirens wailed, Nazi gunboats cruised the river, and strange men roamed the jungle.

Whatever is going on, and whatever those swirling colors on the chameleon men’s bodies really are, the Nazis have their hands in it, and Alabaster believes Marvin Baggs, that murderous Nazi spy is behind it all.

Readers discover what happens next in the exciting and ever-adventurous follow-up to “The Search for the Loony Man.”

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

This is also an eLIVE title, meaning each book contains a code redeemable for a free audio book version from

-Special to the Star-News