The heart of the mystery is a truly evil bit of forgotten history, and Meyer makes it live again in a chilling description. Blood Safari manages to be both an exciting read and an eye-opening portrait of a nation. Some of us even take it upon ourselves as some sort of mission to put their books in the hands of friends and acquaintances.
That's what I hope to accomplish If you haven't read Deon Meyer you need to start -- now! Deon Meyer is someone who deserves a greater audience. As Meyer writes, money and poverty and greed do not lie well together. But they make a hell of a thriller. In thriller fashion, the author keeps the momentum pulsating while his two main characters duck bullets, run for their lives, fight off man and beast. But all the while he is unraveling the story of South Africa today, and of twenty years ago; the ravaging of land, the needless slaughter of animals for greed, and how the delicate balance is between all the creatures and our own survival.
But it takes a striking talent to provide insight, knowledge, and a reason to question and examine outdated or misleading concepts and information.
Deon Meyer demonstrates all of these with a dry wit, provocative writing, and a perceptive awareness for human folly. Meyer is expert in balancing all the lethal interests. He supplies much South African history and makes a depressing case for the inevitable disappearance of birds and animals that have been native to Africa for centuries. It is all rendered with enough wry, dry humor to make the reader laugh out loud.
Meyer gets better and better. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime. Blood Safari is a harrowing novel from internationally acclaimed thriller writer Deon Meyer, an expert storyteller whose wickedly fast narratives reveal the heart of his enthralling country.
In Blood Safari , Emma Le Roux, a beautiful young woman in Cape Town, sees her brother named on the television news as the prime suspect in the killing of four poachers and a witch doctor. Emma tries to find out more but is attacked and barely escapes. So she hires Lemmer, a personal security expert, and sets out into the country in search of the truth.
A complicated man with a dishonorable past, Lemmer just wants to do his job and avoid getting personally involved. But as he and Emma search for answers from the rural police, they encounter racial and political tensions, greed, corruption, and violence unlike anything they have ever known. Read more Read less.
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Emma Le Roux's brother disappeared twenty years ago and has long been presumed dead. Imagine her surprise, then, when she sees a photo on the television news of a man suspected of murder and recognizes him as her long-lost brother. Emma contacts the police and shortly thereafter, three assassins show up at her house and she narrowly escapes being killed.
Emma turns for help to Body Armor, one of South Africa's premier personal protection companies.
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Martin Lemmer, a man with a troubled past, is thus assigned the task of guarding Emma's lovely body as she traipses around South Africa, searching for the man who might be her brother and stirring up trouble at every turn. The two put together an increasingly complex picture of the alleged killer who was a radical environmentalist. Along the way, Emma and Martin and the reader as well, of course are also subjected to any number of lectures about the ways in which greedy, thoughtless human beings are destroying the only planet that they have.
The mysterious villains who want Emma dead and out of their hair do not give up easily, and Martin will have his hands full trying to keep her safe. Along the way, he will uncover all sorts of nefarious plots and put his own safety at serious risk. Lurking somewhere in this book is a reasonably decent thriller. But reading it, it's hard to decide what Meyer's real objective might be.
Is he attempting to write a straightforward thriller? Is this primarily an urgent warning about the serious environmental damage that is being done in South Africa? Is it supposed to be a character study of Lemmer, the narrator, whose past is slowly revealed as the book progresses? Virtually every time the story begins to build up a head of steam, Meyer brings it to a screeching halt and drops in a lecture about environmental matters.
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There is also a significant development near the middle of the book after which the narrator goes on for pages and pages describing his past life to the point where the reader is virtually pleading with the author to just get on with the story. This is a very long book, and Meyer is obviously sincere in his concern for the environment. The latter is all to the good, at least as far as I'm concerned.
But he could have told this story in a much more economical fashion and maintained the suspense he was attempting to build, rather than letting it dissipate away on way too many occasions. And in the process, he could have still gotten his message across without beating the reader over the head with it.
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His last novel, Devil's Peak, was a bestseller in Europe and has been translated into a dozen languages. In Blood Safari we meet Lemmer, a sometime bodyguard who lives his life according to self-imposed laws. Lemmer's first law is: He is a man with a lot of wounds, some from his abused childhood but most from his unfair conviction and jail sentence for manslaughter. When he is commissioned to protect the petite, rather beautiful Emma le Roux, he brings both of Lemmer's laws into effect. She has an extraordinary tale of a long-lost brother, Jacobus, who may recently have been sighted in the lowlands of what used to be called the Transvaal, and of an inexplicable attempt by three men to kill her a few days later.
Her story does not impress him and he has no intention of trying to puzzle it out. He accompanies her to the lowveld, the beautiful area that borders the Kruger National Park game reserve, where she starts searching for the man she hopes could be her brother. The trouble is that the police are also looking for him, believing him to be part of a fanatical animal conservation group and responsible for the murder of a witchdoctor who had killed some endangered vultures.
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