BLOOD SAFARI by Deon Meyer

Setting his novels in contemporary South Africa, Deon Meyer raises the bar for thrillers by infusing each of his novels with the national political tensions—historical, racial, and economic—and the urban and rural disparities which make the country so complex and so difficult to govern. His “heroes” have traditionally been far from “heroic” in the traditional sense, always people at odds with society, especially in the case of Lemmer, main character (and hired bodyguard) in BLOOD SAFARI, a man who has allowed his passions to dominate him to the extent that he served time for his assault on four men and gained pleasure in killing the ringleader—“I felt at one with the world, whole and complete, good and right. It’s a terrible thing. It intoxicates. It’s addictive. And so terribly sweet.”

October 3, 2009 · Judi Clark · 2 Comments
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SAVE THE WHALES PLEASE by Konrad Karl Gatien & Sreescanda

Jan Everett is First Lady of the United States. She is also a fiercely dedicated Save the Whales activist. But she doesn’t safely limit herself to office fundraising and the rubber chicken speech circuit. She brings the same total commitment to testifying before the International Whaling Commission on behalf of a total ban on whale hunts as she does to personally sailing with and even leading crews that confront, harry, and seek to sink the pelagic whaling fleets…

May 8, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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THE WINTER VAULT by Anne Michaels

THE WINTER VAULT by Anne Michaels. Book review. Eleven years after the publication of Fugitive Pieces, her only other novel (and winner of the Orange Prize), Anne Michaels has published a monumental philosophical novel which is also exciting to read for its characters and their conflicts.

April 21, 2009 · Judi Clark · 3 Comments
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