Author – Renee Topper
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Political
193 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted12/2/16
Aliya Scott – African American albino from Los Angles who travels to Tanzania, Africa to work w/ albinos.
Jalil Scott. Aliya's father- ex mercenary.
Kennon Dunnovan – Aliya's Scottish friend and aid volunteer. He's in love with her
Rhadi - Aliya's African friend and aid volunteer. He's in love with her
BE WARNED! The actions graphically portrayed in this story, based on real incidents, are cruel, gruesome and disgusting. If you care to learn more about the actual plight of Tanzanian albinos in African, Google: Tanzania, Albino. The articles and pictures there will awaken you to the plight of people who are 'different' in the midst of superstitious, ignorant tribal natives directed by witchdoctors to hunt and dismember albinos. Their body parts and skin are sold to be used as talismans and magical potions. The practice is real and elevated to rampant in 2005. Approximately one in fifteen hundred Tanzanians born are albino and at risk of being butchered piecemeal or murdered.
Pigment is a beautiful telling of an ugly, insidious practice born out of ignorance and incredible cruelty.
The brutality described is horrific: rape, butchering and skinning albinos including young children, burning innocent live people to death.
Aliya arrives in Tanzania to work with orphaned albino children. Two young men are in love with her but she rejects both to concentrate on her work with the people she came to help.
There is a diabolical plot underway to steal Aliya because she is an albino. Local corrupt politicians turn a blind eye to the plight of albinos because they are bribed.
When Aliya disappears, her father, Jalil flies to Africa to rescue her.
The story is full of action and suspense but is difficult to read because of the subject matter.
The story is overshadowed by poor editing, not terrible, with missing, extra, misspelled and wrong words.
Character development and general location details are sparse.
Research is evident in the plight of the albinos but then falls short when a Glock handgun is described as an antique. Glock began manufacturing semiautomatic handguns in 1982. Thirty-four years does not make one an antique.
The plot is frightening, loathsome and ugly but forms an incredible story that needs to be told.
Dialog spoken and written in French is followed by the English translation and is clumsy and boring. It only serves to slow the story and is a major distraction.
I highly recommend this story if you have the intestinal fortitude to finish it.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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