The Peacemakers is a book written by Richard Herman, who was a member of the US Air Force until 1983. The novel talks about south Sudan and how the tyrannical regime in Khartoum unleashes a Baggara tribesmen, known as the Janjaweed, on the defenseless tribes of Dinka and Nuer. The Janjaweed wants to take control of oil reserves which lying both in the Dinka and Nuer lands.
In order to preserve the peace, the United States sends six aging Air Force C-130 Hercules and 165 personnel to support the UN peacekeepers. The Janjaweed have not been stopped by the US operation and they crash one C-130, which results in all the crue killed.
After this act, the peacekeepers are withdrawing when a newly appointed commander of the C-130 unit arrives. In short he becomes more and more determined to save the Dinka and Nuer tribes from the fury of the Janjaweed. To reach is goal of salvation he makes a strange alliance with the French commander of the UN peacekeeping force, who was born Senegalese. The two men, even if differents, have one thing in common: they know how to fight, both in the air and on the ground. They will fight to save the threatened tribes.
Unfortunately the situation goes out of control and the battle who was once to defend the Dinka and the Nuer tribes, has become a battle of personal survival.
The Peacemakers is one of the best books written by Richard Herman, in which the story of a military mission become the story of a single.