Tomorrow May Not Be Mine




Caleb Jordan follows in his father’s footsteps and becomes a pastor in the Baptist Church in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He wants more and his passion to bring the gospel to people in the deep rural communities of Africa drives him to open a mission near the Nuanetzi River in upper Gaza province, Mozambique.

It is there that history catches up with him five years later with tragic consequences.

A sangoma wronged in the Bush War seeks her revenge and viciously attacks the mission with the aid of her massive bodyguard and two contract killers from Zululand.

Caleb needs to find purpose and rebuild his life, and he needs to do so without the aid of his faith. He blames God for not protecting the ones he loved.

The sequel takes him to his late mother’s smallholding near Gweru, Zimbabwe and later to the Great Karoo in South Africa.

It is a story of struggle, courage and compassion.


I have often had the privilege of reviewing the newest offering from popular local novelist Peter Cleary.

I’ve commented on both the diversity and historical accuracy of his material, as well as the predictability and guarantee of the inevitable action-packed story line.

But this time, Peter completely blindsided me… in the best possible way.

‘Tomorrow may not be mine’ begins with a fabulous prologue that immediately and rivetingly gives a synopsis of his previous book ‘Caleb’, at the same time catapulting the reader into the ongoing sequel of dramatic events.

I’m not going to spoil the story, which is as exhilarating and chilling as ever, other than to say that the usual narrative of physical combat and life-threating circumstances is replaced by an intense spiritual battle on the part of the hero, Caleb Jordan.

It’s a fight for his faith as the former preacher wrestles with his conscience and his God over his actions – and His non-actions – and tries to find answers where there are perhaps none.

The other departure from the norm is that the story ends on a beautiful, calm and optimistic note as Caleb and his new family settle down to a peaceful farming life far away from impending danger, threats and would-be assassins, to live happily ever after.

Or do they? Watch this space: Peter’s pen never runs dry!

Dave Savides – Zululand Observer