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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback (Aug. 7 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340896108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340896105
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #541,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Full of suspense - I couldn't put it down June 20 2012
By Mindy - Published on
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This was a fantastic book. You really get a feel for the plight of the characters and what daily life is like for many African citizens. In fact, there is enough historical accuracy to almost make you think the book could have been based on a true story. It's graphic, but not in a senseless gore, horror movie kind of way. But I wouldn't recommend it for someone with a delicate conscience for that sort of thing. This book is full of action and suspense, and it really keeps you wanting more. I think it would make a fantastic movie -- in fact, I'd be surprised if someone hadn't already snatched up the movie rights! There are so many twists and turns, surprises and suspense-filled moments.

If I had anything negative to say about this book, it's that twice the author called the character "Jacob" by a different name: once "Erik" and once "Erid". And I wish it could have ended differently for a couple characters (I can't say more than that without giving too much away). But overall, I highly recommend this book!
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Great read, The night of knives. May 2 2011
By G Sanderson - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Having read invisible armies by jon evans i have been searching for another of his books. This one does not disappoint. Great pace from start to finish, plot is great and the scenes are set well. WOuld recommend to anyone looking for a good thrilling adventure.
20 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed Nov. 27 2012
By sopeach - Published on
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This book seemed like a good adventure story and it was a free download. It actually was pretty good to begin with, but becomes too violent for my taste. If you don't mind blood, gore, and lots of profanity you might like this book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Save some hope.... Aug. 14 2013
By atilaalibutsi - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is not going to have you constantly turning the page. It is a slow paced novel that either leaves you puzzled or enticed with morsels of action-like suspense. The writing is realistic. Continue reading if you want to capture the real imagery that lies beneath sub-Saharan Africa.
Couldn't Put This Book Down! May 15 2015
By Tumbleweeds - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from the first page to the final suspenseful climax. To me, one of the marks of a good author is to install such a good sense of place and history that it makes me want to learn more about it. When I finished reading this book, I jumped right into Wikipedia to learn more about the various African places where this story took place.

The story, which takes place in central Africa, has a plot which includes a lot of well-researched historical facts. Muslim terrorists are blamed after a group of westerners are kidnapped and taken hostage in the remote borderlands between the Congo and Uganda. However, too many things just don't add up and it becomes apparent that there is more to this kidnapping than what meets the eye.

The writing is quite good, though there were a handful of typos that kept it from being a best seller - small things, not distracting to me because I was so caught up in the story. But one more read-through would catch those errors and then this would be a phenomenol read.

The character development was excellent. The reader is able to feel as if they really know these people - the good ones as well as the bad ones. You will care about them and their ultimate fates. Also well above the standard is the sense of place. I've never been to Africa, but in reading this book, I felt as if I have a pretty good idea of what it looks like - geographically, politically and culturally. The author shows the fall of Zimbabwe - once Africa's prosperous success story before Mugabe took office - as well as the lawlessness of the Congo and the relatively safe haven (relatively speaking) of Uganda. The author pulls you into the story with a constantly evolving plot, and keeps you interested throughout the book as you learn more about the geo-socio-political dynamics of the region.

There is graphic violence. It isn't put in there to formulize the story, but plays an important part of the (historically accurate) telling of a region racked with civil wars and genocides. This book is well worth a read. You'll be entertained and more knowledgeable about the "dark continent."

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