I feel like I just read, in one sitting, every Nicholas Sparks book ever written plus a few that have yet to be. That ending? The studio has some massive brass balls. WTF What.The.Actual.Fuck?!
"What's happening" You may ask. So Alex got captured by Mr. McCain. Since McCain thinks he will kill Alex he tells him his entire plan, he plans on starting a plague in Kenya and Uganda. McCain owns a charity called "First Aid" and if there is a disaster he keeps alot of the money from the donations. When McCain says "There is nothing anyone can do" he mocks Alex and tries to show him how helpless he is.
It was difficult to read the first half or so of this book because the protagonist (Seth) and his best (and only) friend (Carter) are aggravatingly ignorant of their appropriation of black culture. They're even more offensive for thinking they're woke or genuine in their fetishistic consumption of the rarest blues, at least in Carter's case. Seth is less than sympathetic in his own distinct way; he's such a follower that he barely has a personality of his own. As little as I could bear the privileged Carter, Seth is consequently even harder for me to care about given that he follows Carter like a puppy. I don't know what to make of the fact that both have or have had mental health issues. And I don't know what to make of Seth's thing for Carter's sister.
I patiently waited for these guys to get some sort of comeuppance. When it came, it was a whirlwind of genres, a mishmash of past and present, a blurring of identities. Formally, stylistically, this novel took off, grabbing me by the collar. It was hard to put down. I hadn't known what to expect at the beginning, which is a gift for a reader. I do think at times the cues or signals were overdone; we could have been better trusted to follow the shifts in time and perspective. But what a ride.
Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves travel by the Oriental Express to Istanbul, they attend an opera in the Sultans court and afterwards one of his concubines is found dead. She's the long-lost daughter of one of the British Diplomats and this sets off a cascade that Emily and Colin have to investigate. Entertaining with great characters.
~ABOUT THE BOOK~
Once in Africa, I kissed a king...
When a bomb explodes in a mall in East Africa, its aftershocks send two strangers on a collision course that neither one sees coming.
Jack Warden, a divorced coffee farmer in Tanzania, loses his only daughter. An ocean away, in the English countryside, Rodel Emerson loses her only sibling.
Two ordinary people, bound by a tragic afternoon, set out to achieve the extraordinary, as they make three stops to rescue three children across the vast plains of the Serengeti—children who are worth more dead than alive.
But even if they beat the odds, another challenge looms at the end of the line. Can they survive yet another loss—this time of a love that’s bound to slip through their fingers, like the mists that dissipate in the light of the sun?
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
"When you lose someone you love, it doesn't end with that event, or their funeral, or with their name on a tombstone. You lose them again and again, every day, in the small moments that catch you off guard."
This quote drew me in right away…because of the realness of it...
While Mists of the Serengeti is not without its small hiccups, it could get a little cheesy at points, I still loved the story it imparted. Such a heartbreaking story, and not just the tragedy that started the story, whereas, they both lost someone they loved in a terrorist attack. There is so much more to the story than that. The lush African Setting is fascinating. The plight of the albino children is poignantly heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting. The romance is irresistibly sweet, and that epilogue...wow...that was something else.
4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 5/5
Secondary Characters~ 5/5
The Feels~ 4.8/5
Theme or Tone~ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5
Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.
Book Cover~ A wonderfully beautiful cover.
Setting~ The Serengeti, Africa (near Mt. Kilimanjaro)
Source~ eBook (Scribd)