Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me on this Blog tour for Dead of Night by Michael Stanley
When freelance journalist, Crystal Nguyen, heads to South Africa, she thinks she’ll be researching an article on rhino-horn smuggling for National Geographic, while searching for her missing colleague. But, within a week, she’s been hunting poachers, hunted by their bosses, and then arrested in connection with a murder. And everyone is after a briefcase full of money that may hold the key to everything. Fleeing South Africa, she goes undercover in Vietnam, trying to discover the truth before she’s exposed by the local mafia. Discovering the plot behind the money is only half the battle. Now she must convince the South African authorities to take action before it’s too late. She has a shocking story to tell, if she survives long enough to tell it… Fast-paced, relevant and chilling, Dead of Night is a stunning new thriller that exposes one of the most vicious conflicts on the African continent…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS ARE REVIEW
Oh wow this story is brutal, brilliant and utterly breath-taking, my favourite of this writing duo so far. When freelance journalist, Crystal Nguyen’s friend drops of the scale of social net working, after going to Africa to do a little digging and poking where he shouldn’t, she becomes more than a little concerned. Now Crys has the opportunity to go to Africa to find out more about the buying and selling of rhino horns, both legal and illegal for the National Geographic, giving her the opportunity to try to hunt down her missing friend too.
You really need to take a big breath in before starting reading because the tension never ceases in this all action on the edge of your seat story. Crys is the main character with one of the Tshukudu game guides and anti-poaching team men, Bongani, making up this working duo. Bongani is sort of her passage into places that she wouldn’t have access to. The hierarchy obviously want the story to be positive about what is being done to control poaching of rhino horns. Crys on the other hand wants the truth.
This is a tell it how it is story with no holds barred and boy it is descriptive and brutal both for animal and human. The story brought all my senses alight as two worlds emerged. The one of the tourist, where they only see the beauty to the reality of greedy men with corrupt police that can make someone disappear. I read this book stunned equally with this truly amazing land and sorrow of the plight of these magnificent creatures. Most of all it opens your eyes to the people of this country too. It is easy to judge when you have a full belly and you don’t live in fear. Totally stunning in every ‘sense’ of the word!
Absolutely loved this book, definitely moved into my top five for this year.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Both were born in South Africa and have worked in academia and business. On a flying trip to Botswana, they watched a pack of hyenas hunt, kill, and devour a wildebeest, eating both flesh and bones. That gave them the premise for their first mystery, A Carrion Death, which introduced Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department. It was a finalist for five awards, including the CWA Debut Dagger. The series has been critically acclaimed, and their third book, Death of the Mantis, won the Barry Award and was a finalist for an Edgar award. Deadly Harvest was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers’ award. Dead of Night is their first stand-alone thriller