Big boss, Abel Rubai, has made himself very wealthy by honest dealing in the international money markets, but he is a man much feared in the country. Upset him and your life could be in danger. He expects to get away with every outrage he sets in motion. When tragedy strikes his family, he is shocked. This is not the way things are meant to be for the Rubais. Someone will have to pay a big price to satisfy his thirst for vengeance. He focuses his attention on the McCalls of Londiani. It is they, he claims, who have robbed him of his son. This focus does not distract him from an unfinished piece of savagery. In his usual ruthless way he has been engineering the brutal murder of a fine, much-loved doctor. Without even realising it, he has gone too far, perhaps this time sowing the seeds of his own ruin. Using Londiani as a base, a few friends and neighbours, members of a newly formed political party, realise that they must take on the Rubai machine. They are anxious, aware that the odds are heavily against them. Only in desperation would they risk their lives in the attempt to bring the big man down. Rubai rages on and decides to try a new, more deadly ploy. He hires from overseas an expert who specialises in making opponents disappear permanently. This man always achieves results and his rates are expensive, but no price could be too high if it means that once and for all Abel Rubai can be free of his tormentors. The young American gets down to business at once, confident of success. It is obvious that author Carl Hancock was cast under The Dark Continent’s spell when he lived in Kenya as a teacher some time ago. His emotive and descriptive prose of the landscape of the Great Rift Valley (the Garden of Eden) speaks volumes of great beauty: “the heavy rain on a mbati (iron) roof – that beautiful African noise...”. He has created an epic story with a cast of hundreds, all inter-related either by family or history. The African Trilogy is powerful reading, and the tension just keeps rising as the story unfolds. —Wendy O’Hanlon, Acres Australia As in his first novel, Carl Hancock has taken us on another epic Kenyan saga which, I am sure, is leading to a dramatic ending in the third novel. Hancock’s writing style is flowing and readable and it is interesting to see how his characters interact with each other as the story progresses. His obvious love for the Kenyan countryside, and its people, shines through the pages of this novel. —John Morrow’s Pick of the Week
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