Lords of Corruption Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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There seems to be a trend, among some of the thriller writers, to set their storylines in countries that, in my case anyway, I know very little about. This novel is almost entirely based in Africa.
Indeed, we meet our main character Josh Hagarty as he applies for a position with NewAfrica. Josh is quite bright and even has an MBA, but he also has an unsavory past that makes his difficult to "employ". Yet, NewAfrica has definitely shown an interest in Josh and while this may not be the ideal job for him (he does not really want to travel and work in Africa) he does take the position because, basically, it pays extremely well and with this money, he will be able to ensure that his sister gets out of her current situation and there might even be some leftover to send her to a good school.
Armed with these thoughts and the best of intentions, Josh decides that he will do the best he can while he is in Africa and will try to help the people there become self-sufficient. Almost immediately upon Josh's arrival, he realizes that NewAfrica is but a front - there is no working equipment, the villagers are basically clueless and uninterested in the project and more importantly NewAfrica does not care about its own projects. What Josh does find is a corrupt, but all powerful leader of the country, a homicidal "right away man", a journalist who has seen it all and loves to drink and a aid worker who believes she can make a difference.
As Josh becomes acquainted with some of the villagers, he becomes frustrated at the whole sham and in the process of trying to do something for them he starts to uncover a huge cover up - that could end up getting him killed. Surprisingly help comes from the weary journalist, JB Flannery, who finally decides that he has seen enough and its take to grow a conscience. Together, Josh, JB and Annika set a plan in motion that is both daring and extremely, extremely dangerous. Not all of them will come out of it alive.
I have not really been able to do justice to the description of the plotline. This book is just one action packed moment after the next. There is something happening at every turn and you can feel the tension throughout the entire storyline. I feared for all of their lives and at the same time, I could not believe that this type of thing could actually still be going on in the 21st century - yet I am certain that it is.
Mills is wonderful at describing the desolate, yet scary African environment - he made me feel as though I was standing right there, in the thick of the action. In Josh, he created a strong character that is deeply flawed and I thought that this just added to the overall comlexity of the book. I also thought the addition of the JB character was a great touch - his complete lack of compassion in the earlier part of the book was a great lead into the type of character JB turned out to be and I think this was my favorite character.
I have to say that there is alot of violence in this book and that this read is not for the faint of heart. But if you are looking for non-stop action and an ending that you will not be able to predict, then this is the book for you.
Josh Hogarty is having a tough time finding a job after completing graduate school in engineering. He's got a checkered past that merits an instant rejection from all who check their sources. But after being again refused a coveted interview, he's about to drown his sorrows in a local bar when he is approached by someone actually seeking an interview. The bells of alarm should be clanging but the opportunity to get a job and earn enough to pay for his sister's college degree and pay off his own debt loom larger than concerns for something awry in such a supposedly generous offer.
Invited to New York City for a second interview with the New Africa firm, Josh realizes he is being courted in a way that indicates the job is his for the taking. New Africa is an NGO, an organization dedicated to creating agricultural self-sustaining farms for the poor. It's a charity, to put it quite simply. Since he has nothing but a very troubled family situation, Josh figures this is even better than sitting behind a desk in an un-adventurous job anyway.
Soon enough after Josh lands in hot, steamy Africa and begins to meet the people with whom he will work, he realizes something is wrong and he is expected to quietly accept it all. But the same qualities that got him employed have a surprising twist for his new employers; Josh does have a very active conscience which is about to be sorely tested and severely threatened.
First he meets Gideon, the brother-in-law of Mtiti, the dictatorial President of this African state trying desperately to keep foreign support and keep control over civil warfare between the tribes. Gideon's not very helpful; in fact he's downright hostile. Then there's an older, drunken reporter named Flannary who comes to trust Josh and helps him discover some very unsavory political and financial realities. There's a Norwegian nun-like lady whose altruistic work is refreshingly honest, albeit naive. If the mounting violence and sabotage aren't enough, Josh's sister Laura is facing danger from a scheming step-sister and her boyfriend back in America, a situation being watched by Josh's employers as well.
Behind the scenes are other shady characters and gruesome events that help make these pages turn faster than a spinning top! Kyle Mills is a master of the thriller, who knows how to create a credible, solid story surrounding a tightly plotted adventure.
Lords of Corruption is a terrific read you won't want to miss!!!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on March 20, 2009
When the NewAfrica charity offers him a job to manage a farming project, he grabs the opportunity to prove him self though he knows nothing about the continent. Not long after he settles in, Josh learns the local leader of New Africa Gideon is related the country's brutal unpopular president and a goon. The impoverished nation is filled with civil dissension and his predecessor was apparently murdered for doing his job. As Hagarty begins to dig into the philanthropy he works for, he finds ugly truths and no allies except for Scandinavian aid worker Annika Gritdal and journalist J.B. Flannary. Someone is prepared to silence the trio as they have done so before, but Hagarty and Flannary see a chance for redeeming their unworthy souls and Gritdal is too dedicated to slink back to the safety of Europe.
This is an exhilarating thriller in spite of the obvious stereotyping of the lead trio and their goon opponents. The story line is fast-paced with the hero pulling off Peril of Pauline type escapes. Readers who suspend plausibility and not mind two dimensional characterizations will appreciate this action-packed diversion as LORDS OF CORRUPTION is a fun read.
Wow, Kyle Mills has really out done himself this time around in what is his best novel to date. A fascinating and thrilling ride through the heart of Africa with all it's corruption and evil leaders.
Filled with breathtaking escapes and a 'pull you in' writing style, this thriller rocks.
LORDS OF CORRUPTION is a stand-alone work seen primarily through the eyes of Josh Hagarty, an interesting study in contrasts who refuses to let an impoverished background, bad luck and worse decisions get him down. The resident of an area that seems to be a kissing cousin to Appalachia, if not a full-shirted relative, Hagarty in his youth often let poor judgment get the better of him, resulting in some prison time that got in the way of his academic career. Putting his past behind him and both shoulders to a very tough wheel, he has more than redeemed himself, earning a master's degree with hard work, which he is more than willing and able to transfer to the service of an employer. Part of Hagarty's motivation is inspired by his younger sister, who shows similar academic promise but who needs to get out of the home environment that dragged Hagarty down. He soon finds, though, that employers uniformly balk at his history of incarceration.
It is almost too good to be true when Hagarty is approached by Stephen Trent and offered a position that seemingly will solve all of his problems. Trent represents NewAfrica, a small charity that oversees self-help projects in Africa. While the salary is relatively small, Hagarty's room, board and expenses will be covered, and, more importantly, the charity will pay for his sister's tuition and expenses at an Ivy League university. Yet, almost from the moment that Hagarty lands in Africa, he is astounded by the degrees of poverty, corruption and casual brutality he encounters there, which seems to be aided and abetted by NewAfrica itself. Hagarty is warned against digging too deeply into anything or impeding the flow of how things "work" there.
However, when he stumbles upon the results of a horrible, government-sponsored atrocity, he has no choice but to fight back. Assisted by an aid worker who has selflessly worked in Africa for years, he nonetheless seems to be swimming against a current that will drag him down and endanger his sister back in the United States. First and foremost, he is a quick study and did not waste his time in prison. Possessed of a quiet cunning that is buried beneath a deceptively peaceful demeanor, Hagarty, almost alone in a nation that is as strange to him as he is to it, begins to fight back against seemingly insurmountable odds, while his fate --- along with his sister's and that of a nation --- hangs in the balance.
Mills knows Africa well, having spent a significant amount of time living there over the last several years. Thus, he infuses his narrative with a real-world vision of the continent and its seemingly insurmountable problems. LORDS OF CORRUPTION comes at a particularly important time, and while it wisely does not attempt to promulgate any particular message, there is much food for thought --- subtle and otherwise --- presented here.
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