|About the Book|
Stella languishes on Kenyas Death Row for a crime she didnt commit, while Patrick, with no money, his passport confiscated, wallows in booze and self-pity among the low-life of an English seaside town. If something doesnt change pretty soon theMoreStella languishes on Kenyas Death Row for a crime she didnt commit, while Patrick, with no money, his passport confiscated, wallows in booze and self-pity among the low-life of an English seaside town. If something doesnt change pretty soon the woman he loves will be executed by hanging... Miro Ringbolt takes a fresh viewpoint to the derring-do quest: Rudyard Kipling stripped of imperial overtones, Wilbur Smith with down-sized characters and less extravagant savagery. The result is a captivating adventure set in post-independence Kenya told through the experiences of a remarkably unheroic British sailor and his spirited but otherwise unremarkable friends. Now if this sounds a little bland then be prepared for a surprise. Readers will quickly warm to the character of Patrick, a young naval petty officer who stupidly crashes a promising career, and the mixed band of foreigners he develops close friendships with whilst pursuing his passion for diving. As he tries to reassemble his life a string of sinister discoveries, centred on the mysterious Eye of Solomon, leads him into ever deeper intrigue, forcing him out of his comfort zone onto dangerous and unfamiliar ground. The tension is there from the very start and holds the reader in thrall throughout- a disturbing and tragic diving accident launches into a pacey, attention-grabbing journey of misfortune and self-destruction, through brutal murder, abduction and imprisonment, culminating in a terrifying firefight while being pursued across the African wilderness. As the story unfolds love lingers ever in the background- a growing awareness between the two principal characters is almost confounded by Patricks apparent inability to keep it in his trousers. The sex scenes are teased out with tantalising restraint and, when they eventually happen, are highly sensual and charmingly portrayed. The storys authentic settings, whether at sea, Mombasas seductive beach life, or Tanzanias interior, are splendidly realised and convey a genuine sense of place. The prose is clean, economical and precise, and because of its hard-earned authenticity the novel has an authority that cannot be faked.