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Trouble in Madagascar

Edward Bristol

Book Overview: 

On his day off, gem trader Edward Bristol enjoys the sunrise on an African beach. Until a cell phone rings in the sand. Somebody must have lost their phone in the night. Edward answers, not suspecting that the caller will ruin his day. Soon after, he is kidnapped, escapes into the savanna, but again is hunted down and finally swept up in revolution, corruption and international deal making.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Way in its equatorial glory.

Running barefoot through African bush is an awful idea, unless you have, like I did, 300 good reasons. Thorns, rocks and shells cut into my civilized butter feet.

Though Madagascar has no apex predators other than humans I expected to be eaten at any moment. Perhaps some giant fossas had survived human colonization and were now waiting in the bushes to take revenge on the hated two-legs. At night, wilderness gets to your heart.

No fossas showed.

In the distance, up a slope, a small yellow light flickered. Local herders or farmers, I hoped, not armed thugs or friends of 300Pounds. After a while I made out a hut with a fireplace. A man huddled there, lazily stoking the fire. No car. A good sign, I thought, thugs have cars.

"Manao! Help! Friend!" I tried French, English and Malagasy.

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