An international crime adventure with a South African
twist; a stylistic cross between Ian Fleming’s James Bond
and Deon Meyer’s more local crime scene: fast-paced,
high-flying, gritty, glamorous and violent.’ – Alex Smith

Who can stop a maniacal Russian and his private army? Surely not a handful of
Cape Town gangsters and an investment banker/ex-scuba diving instructor.
Unemployed Economics graduate Leon Jacobs rescues Sophia Popova, a
beautiful but troubled Russian heiress, during a high-risk scuba dive at one of
the deep dive-sites of the Red Sea. Subsequently, he joins Sophia’s father’s
corrupt investment bank in London.
The love-sick and gullible Leon soon starts drowning in the international
syndicated crime world of Bogdan Popov, famous for the innovative ways he
gets rid of his competitors.
Meanwhile, after a series of shocking events disrupt the solitude of ex-gangster
Franklin Benjamin’s existence in a small fishing village off the West
Coast of South Africa, he has to make the impossible decision: to rise up from
his hibernation and mobilise his gang.
Will Leon escape with his life from the global-reaching claws of Popov?
And where will Sophia find the courage and strength to slay the inner demons
ruling her existence?
Submerged is an international thriller traversing the buzzing financial hub
of London, the beautiful City of Cape Town with its adjacent Cape Flats
ganglands, the pirate-infested waters off the horn of Africa, and the
rhino-slaughter fields of South Africa.


Submerged is a very well written gangster novel. It is complex, very intriguing and extremely violent. All the elements that are required for this type of book. This isn’t a pick me up and grab 5 minutes book but one that has to be read in long sessions because of the complexity of the story. This type of novel really gets me too because I can imagine these things happening and it makes me shudder. I took to Leon in the book, him being so naïve to begin with but given the right (or wrong) elements and that changed.

The story itself is very gripping but keep the key players in the forefront of your mind at all times. One other thing that you can expect is very graphic violence. The thing gangsters know how to do is maim and kill viciously. The fight scenes to the death are long, a matter of stamina as much as skill, what you would expect if two people were fighting for their lives. The detail in these scenes is down to every slash, every cut it makes you feel how exhausting it must be.

A very gritty gangster novel that I really enjoyed

Louis Wiid resides in Pretoria and Sandton, South Africa with his wife and a pack of adopted dogs.
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and therefore, working as a bank risk specialist and auditor, has an in-depth knowledge of the international financial scene and shenanigans.
His talent to tell a good story was unearthed when he completed the ‘Write a Novel Course’ and more recently the ‘Advanced Write a Novel Course’ with SA Writers College
(both with distinction).
Submerged is his first novel.

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