Author – Stephen Blanchet
Genre – Action Adventure
262 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 10/27/2017
No. 64 - 2017
My Impressions: Lots of action, special forces main character, great support characters, violence
Major Wm. Brody – retired former UK Special Boat Service Marine Major.
Wanjiku ‘Maria’ Mwangi – Beautiful girl who befriends Brody in the slums of Mtwappa, Africa.
Hassan – a Muslim man, a friend of Brody’s and his boat helper.
Gumbao – A mysterious hand who takes on the title of Engineer and oversees the engine.
Barry – manager of a bar Brody hangs out at where they become friends and accomplices.
Brody is retired from the Special Boat Service and sails around Africa diving, fishing and drinking with his two friends. He sails his dhow named Shukran into Mtwappa, Africa near the Indian Ocean. His first day ashore he meets a beautiful young woman, not a lady, in a local dive where he is attacked by two huge Russian sailors. Of course, he comes out of his inebriated state and kicks butt. That is just the beginning before he is attacked by a shark and radical Islamist. He uncovers a plot to murder or capture for ransom a group of Israeli tourists.
Four of the central characters, minus Wanjiku, inject themselves into the resulting melee to save the innocent tourists.
African Paradise is a fun tongue in cheek read if not taken too seriously.
The editing is sloppy with a few missing, extra, misspelled and wrong words. I am not a qualified editor, but there appears to be numerous issues with comma usage and some with sentence structure.
The writing style is fast paced and action oriented.
Character development is good. I either felt empathy for or seriously disliked each of them.
Descriptions of the local markets was excellent and painted clear pictures of the poverty and disgusting conditions.
I highly recommend African Paradise if the issues noted won’t impinge your reading pleasure.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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