Book Reviews and Testimonials
Dr. Kevin Leman, New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 books including The Way of the Wise says, “The DAY OF THE ELEPHANTS is a great reading experience. It pulls you right out of your own reading chair and drops you into a thrilling story. Trust me; this book pulls your heart into your throat for the whole ride.” Leman received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Arizona, where he later earned his master's and doctorate degrees. Leman has been hosted in many radio and television programs, including The View with Barbara Walters, Today, Oprah, CBS's The Early Show, Live with Regis Philbin, CNN's American Morning, and Life Today with James Robison. Dr. Leman has served as a contributing family psychologist to Good Morning America.


Marcus De Leon, award-nominated screen-writer of HBO Films Walkout says, “As a filmmaker, I was mesmerized from page one by cinematic saga, by its blood-soaked vastness, and gripping history. As a reader I felt a sweep of emotions – the shock of violence, the heartbreak of losing, the soul-stirring flashes of beauty, and the satisfaction of redemption. Great story!”


Bill Buckmaster, Host of THE BUCKMASTER SHOW – KVOI – Tucson, “I just finished reading THE DAY OF THE ELEPHANTS. Wow! This is one of the most incredible stories I have ever read. 


John Kidwell, (Blogger), Ron Swager and ED Chinn deliver an excellent recollection of life during the Civil War in the African nation of Liberia. Roland Deah, a young refugee, tells the story of his boyhood, the loss of his family, and friends. The atrocities of this brutal war were witnessed firsthand by young Roland and the fact that he survived is a miracle in itself, and the basis of the story. The book is not terribly long (around 100 pages) and can be a quick read.  I, however, found myself stopping along the way to grasp the realities that became Roland's life. And, through the entire book, you find yourself worrying, fretting for him, as well as experiencing feelings of relief and celebration, as Roland's life is touched by God's magnificent grace. I believe that you, too, will grow to love and respect thissoul, and will rejoice as his triumph finally comes.  Enjoy!


Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite, Day of the Elephants by Ron Swager and Ed Chinn is the true story of one man's escape from Liberia and the life that he found in America. We don't often see the harsh and ugly truth of what can happen in the world, what people can really do to devastate one another. In Liberia and Sierra Leone, a warlord turned president initiated a campaign of terror that would forever change the people he reigned over. Through the eyes of one refugee, Roland Deah, we see tragedy unfolding that is unlike any we would wish on our worst enemies, and you also see such hope, freedom, and life in that same refugee. An inspirational, exciting, and even infuriating story, this one is a book for your keeper shelf. 

A truly inspirational story, Day of the Elephants makes you stop in your busy, First World day, and really look around and appreciate what you have. Frustrations at lukewarm coffee and encroaching deadlines drop away when you think about one man and his struggle just to stay alive. This story brings to mind the concept of learning history so that it can't repeat itself. So many terrorists, dictators etc have just been lost in the mists of time. Such devious and treacherous acts forgotten. People don't want to face such brutality, and if it is swept under the rug, we don't have to deal with it. However, people are shocked to their cores when such terror emerges again and we ask, "Why did this happen?" or "Why didn't we know?" We need books like Day of the Elephants to show us what struggles there are in the world, to show us that there is a resounding fire of goodness for every shock of evil in the world. Ron Swager and Ed Chinn were lucky to have met a man like Roland Deah, and I feel lucky to have been given the chance to read about him.


Ed Martin, Where do I start?  What a remarkable story!  Roland is such a man of grace and love. Our small group studied Max Lucado's book Grace this past spring. Roland has certainly been blessed with and has readily accepted God's
amazing grace. I will share this book with our group. Well done! It is a "God-incidence" that my devotional scripture today is Luke 12. I just read it after reading your book. "… a person's true life is not made up of the things he owns, no matter how rich he may be." (Lk 12:15b) Even more, I will be preaching on August 4, when our pastor will be on vacation, and my sermon text is Luke 12:13-21, the Parable of the Rich Fool. It all boils down to loving God with all you've got and loving your neighbor.


Denise Thorn Celentano, I finished this book this morning. Missed the parade- but very thankful I did take the time to read about Roland and his life experiences. It actually was an Independence Day celebration for him. As a mother page 75 tore at my heart strings. By the end of the book- less than 100 pages, I am ashamed of not knowing about his civil war. Thank you America for inviting him to come and be free. Thank you Ron Swager for bringing his story to many. RECOMMEND this book!!! You won't be sorry


Captain Bob Day, Both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Day of the Elephants. It was well written and hard to put down.


​Bryan, owner - Absolutely Trees, Glad you didn’t tell me how it ended! That was an amazing tear jerker for me. God's Grace is amazing even on earth! Almost a Joseph type story - tragedy that ends up ata better land! Thank you again for sharing.