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Blood Safari (Lemmer #1)

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Lemmer is a professional bodyguard. Silent, invisible, he never gets involved. Emma le Roux is convinced she’s seen her brother on the news as a suspect in the recent killing of four poachers. But her brother is supposed to have died twenty years ago.

When le Roux hires Lemmer to watch her back while she goes looking for answers, it becomes clear someone wants to keep them
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Published October 12th 2010 by HighBridge Company (first published 2007)
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James Thane
Emma Le Roux's brother disappeared twenty years ago and has long been presumed dead. Imagine her surprise, then, when she sees a photo on the television news of a man suspected of murder and recognizes him as her long-lost brother. Emma contacts the police and shortly thereafter, three assassins show up at her house and she narrowly escapes being killed.

Emma turns for help to Body Armor, one of South Africa's premier personal protection companies. Martin Lemmer, a man with a troubled past, is th
Aug 20, 2009 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, africa
Deon Meyer mysteries are a special treat. The women are strong, the men sexy, the land distinctive. Meyer's latest title, Blood Safari, is especially fascinating for defining at least two sides to the wildlife crisis in the parks areas of southern Africa up through Kenya. His website shows photos of some places he describes in the book, and they are truly magical, places like none others. Photo Gallery

There is always something untamed about a Meyer book...his characters are sometimes barely in
Sep 27, 2015 orsodimondo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il protagonista entra in scena subito, è lui che parla pensa e racconta in prima persona.
Preferisce farsi chiamare semplicemente col cognome, Lemmer: quello che precede, Martin Fitzroy, non gli piace.
E’ un afrikaaner, il che vuol dire di discendenza europea (ma non inglese).
Di sfuggita si definisce il sosia brutto di Brad Pitt. Tanto brutto però non è, alle donne piace, a meno che non si voglia credere alla teoria che le donne preferiscono i brutti.
Nel suo passato, anni di lav
Dit boek stond al ruim 2 jaar op mijn to-read-list. Ik kan me echt niet meer herinneren waarom ik deze erop heb gezet, maar toen ik hem laatst zag in de bibliotheek dacht ik: waarom ook eigenlijk niet? Ik vind het altijd fijn om een standalone te lezen, aangezien er dan ook echt werkelijk een boek van je lijst verdwijnt, in plaats van dat deel 2, 3, 4 etc. er gelijk terug op worden geplaatst.

Onzichtbaar neemt je mee naar Zuid-Afrika. Perfect dus voor mijn reading challenge: 'a book set in a diff
Belinda Nicoll
Jul 04, 2012 Belinda Nicoll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 2009, Patrick Anderson wrote in The Washington Post: "Often, the best fiction doesn't take us back to our unhappy childhoods or our depressing home towns but into new worlds we've not known before. Deon Meyer's novels explore the complex reality of South Africa, a world little known to many of us. At the most obvious level, they are exciting stories of crime, conflict and revenge, but they are more than that: ambitious attempts to show us the pain and greatness of a troubled nation that is st ...more
Nov 03, 2011 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, e-book
This was a free Nookbook download from Barnes & Noble. I was attracted to the idea of reading a mystery/thriller set in South Africa and written by a South African ... and not only a South African, but a Boer, a Dutch Afrikaner ... a country and a people I know next to nothing about.

It's a more than decent thriller, well written and plotted. The story carried me from page to page, and that's what you want in a thriller. The plot centers around a mysterious ecological activist who is murderin
Bree T
Lemmer is a bodyguard working for Body Armour, a private personal security company in South Africa. He has a troubled past and he tends to try and keep mostly to himself, in keeping with Lemmer’s First Rule: Don’t Get Involved. Up until now he’s mostly guarded boring government types and hasn’t had a problem with that.

Then he’s assigned to Emma le Roux who wants to find her brother, who has been missing for 20 years. Emma believes she saw his picture on television, as a suspect who is wanted for
Feb 18, 2012 Northwestreader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I travel, I usually like to read a book by a native author that is set in the country that I am visiting. I have likely already read the travel and sightseeing guides, so the book that I am looking for is more likely a novel to provide me with ambience. Last fall I traveled to South Africa and chanced to meet some locals who recommended that I check out Deon Meyer’s writings. I did and I immediately downloaded Blood Safari to my Nook. And, of course, I never got to said novel while I was on ...more
Nov 11, 2012 Joyce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Een juweeltje van een boek betreffende de schrijfwijze van Deon Meyer. Je proeft in het boek de liefde voor "zijn" Zuid-Afrika en tegenlijk zijn afkeer tegen rijke Afrikaners, die het land proberen over te nemen. Een aantal treffende zinnen in het boek, winden er geen doekjes om. De natuur(schoon) van Zuid-Afrika wordt in detail beschreven en de natuurbedreigingen door vele verschillende partijen spelen een hoofdrol in het boek.

Dit detail en liefde voor de natuur is gelijk ook een beetje het man
A decent read but not up to par with the author's previous works. I did enjoy the main character, the rural South African setting, and I learned quite a bit about the environmental issues facing South Africa. Unfortunately the resolution of the plot was overly complicated and too unrealistic for my tastes and the book was a bit overlong.
Could not decide between 4-5 stars; had to go with 5 as the first rater. Another great book by South African Deon Meyer, but with a new protagionist (since Tiny died at the end of the last book.) Bodyguard Lemmer is retained to protect Emma Le Roux, who thinks an alleged murderer on the lam is her deceased brother. Meyer is a great storyteller. He does an amazing job describing Africa and its many conflicts. A masterful job entwining why brother Jacobus disappeared with Lemmer's retribution for ...more
Nov 08, 2015 Subash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been to South Africa a couple of times, and of all the places I've visited it's felt more real than any place else. Likewise, I've read a lot of series, and run into a lot of characters ... but Lemmer is more real than any of them. And it's not just another hardboiled action story (though it's one of the best in this genre that being said) ... it acutely sensitizes you to the issues that face activists that genuinely care about this poor planet of ours, while at the same time having you rea ...more
Elizabeth A
Aug 30, 2014 Elizabeth A rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2014
Book blurb: Lemmer is a professional bodyguard. Silent, invisible, he never gets involved. Emma le Roux is convinced she's seen her brother on the news as a suspect in the recent killing of four poachers. But her brother is supposed to have died twenty years ago. When le Roux hires Lemmer to watch her back while she goes looking for answers, it becomes clear someone wants to keep them in the dark. And when that someone tries to murder them both, for once in his life Lemmer steps out of the shado ...more
Barbara Gregorich
Sep 05, 2014 Barbara Gregorich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the first Deon Meyer book I've read, but it won't be the last. I enjoyed the plot, which sees personal bodyguard Lemmer hired to protect Emma le Roux. Early in the story he is told by an arrogant friend of Emma's that he, Lemmer, must solve who is trying to kill Emma. Lemmer replies that he is a bodyguard and that's all he will do: guard Emma. And during the first third of the book, that's what he does. But of course a plot that stuck with this premise would soon become dull, and the rea ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have actually read the two novels featuring the character of "Lemmer" in the wrong order, since I had previously picked up and read "Trackers" without realising that it was the second in the series. I enjoyed "Trackers" enough to want to read the first of the series and to get Lemmer's backstory, but I think having read the second book already somewhat spoiled this one for me, since to an extent I was aware of what the outcome would be. Even taking that into account, I didn't enjoy this as muc ...more
In many ways Blood Safari, the author’s fifth book, is an unconventional thriller — the protagonist, Lemmer, is a bodyguard with a shady past, rather than a policeman or a journalist, for instance — and it’s imbued with a real sense of what it is like to live in modern South Africa, where the past and the present have an uneasy relationship, and where black and white tensions still remain despite the birth of a new nation.

But it also features some typical (or should I say lazy?) clichés: there’s
Nov 11, 2012 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting audio book with a clever plot. I learned a great deal about South Africa, the African people and their language, Kruger National Park and the political history of the country. I would recommend it to anyone. The reader was either South African himself or he was able to do the accent really well.
Dec 01, 2011 nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It's set in Africa and describes the racist views of the different regions. The main characters became easy to like and the book kept my interest with lots of action. Not a typical read, but I would recommend!
Feb 12, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you ever want to read a book written by an Afrikaner which is blunt about the idiosyncrasys of his own culture then this is it. Disguised as a well paced thriller this novel depicts the violence and cross cultural animosity that occurs in South Africa. It's got nice twists and turns, a love story, plenty of car chases and gun fights.

Its only downfall is the main plot regarding the conspiracy theory behind the Mozambiquan President Samora Machels death in a commercial airliner that crashed in
Jun 13, 2016 Leslynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome -- great plot, with twists and a tiny bit of a love story. It's frightening how accurately this author portrays our country and its politics!
Apr 02, 2014 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in South Africa and its politics.
Recommended to Richard by: I picked up an old ARC at work.
Another tale told as now and before. And it turns out the problems now are because of before. But we get a whole lot of before without pertinence to this tale.

Other than mind numbing travelogs of driving through village after village with little or no modern life in them at breakneck speeds, even though the roads are not paved, and getting page after page of how Africa is going to hell because of greed, this is a pretty good story.

I am sure I could trim it down to 250 pages, although I read an A
Monica Wies
May 15, 2016 Monica Wies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Zuid Afrika krijgt bodyguard Lemmer opdracht Emma le Roux te beveiligen. Zij is net aan en aanslag ontsnapt.
Zij is er van overtuigd dat zij haar broer op tv heeft gezien. Dit lijkt onwaarschijnlijk omdat hij al 20 jaar wordt vermist. Zij dacht dat hij dood was.
Nu gaat zij op zoek naar hem, maar het wordt al snel duidelijk dat er mensen zijn die niet willen dat hij gevonden wordt.
Haar broer wordt verdacht van het doden van 4 stropers.
In het verhaal dat volgt lezen we veel over alle moeilijkhed
Mar 03, 2016 Karina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zoals altijd levert Deon Meyer puik werk. Goed geschreven en gemakkelijk te lezen. Perfecte vakantielectuur. Een voor mij nieuw personage, bodyguard Lemmer, wordt geïntroduceerd in dit verhaal over de zoektocht naar de langverdwenen broer van Lemmers klant, Emma Le Roux. En passant komen allerlei aspecten van het huidige Zuid-Afrika voorbij: moeilijke relaties tussen bevolkingsgroepen, stropers, toerisme en geweld. En inderdaad, net iets te veel geweld in dit boek naar mijn smaak. Maar altijd ee ...more
R.J. Lynch
Jul 09, 2014 R.J. Lynch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fine book. If you like thrillers, read this. Blood Safari is not just an attention-riveting good read -- it's also far better technically than most thriller writers ever achieve. He takes on some major POV challenges and deals with them brilliantly, and back story is filled in when and as it needs to be. He never loses the reader's attention. The characters don't really stand out in three dimensions, but that's not what writers of this sort of book aim for. This is the first Deon Meyer ...more
Krystal Williams
Dec 13, 2012 Krystal Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood Safari is the story of a bodyguard named Lemmer (he goes by his last name) and the client who has hired him for protection, Emma le Roux. When Emma narrowly escapes an attempt on her life in her own home, she hires Lemmer to accompany her while she searches for the identity of her ruthless attackers, and the truth about her (presumed) dead brother. What starts out as a simple search for answers quickly escalates into a dangerous quest in the velds of South Africa.

Blood Safari is an excepti
Craig Sisterson
Feb 07, 2015 Craig Sisterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thrillers, africa
It is not just the Scandinavians that are penning great mysteries in other languages. South African author Meyer's tales have been increasingly translated from the original Afrikaans in recent times.

Bargain-basement bodyguard Lemmer is hired by Emma le Roux as protection while she tries to find her missing brother, who supposedly died twenty years ago but may have resurfaced as the prime suspect in the recent killing of a witch doctor and four poachers. It quickly becomes clear someone doesn’t
Kathleen Hagen
Blood Safari, by Deon Meyer, A-minus, narrated by Simon Vance, Produced by HighbridgeAudio, downloaded from

This is a thriller involving a bodyguard for hire who is hired to protect Emma LaRue. She believes that someone is out to kill her. She saw a t.v. photograph of a man who was supposed to have murdered four innocent people, and she believes it is her brother who has been missing for 20 years. She and the bodyguard start looking for him through the cities, and countryside of Sout
Oct 06, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Masterful as always Meyer has written another riveting read. Environmentalism, tourism, geo-political intrigue, and corporate greed all merge in this thriller. I just wish I had more geographical familiarity with the topography of South Africa (SA)-but he does a good job trying to familiarize you. About the only thing I didn't like about this book was its title, which seemed quite incongruous given the American idea of safari. This is a book about violence,vengeance and justice, about fear and l ...more
Jan 30, 2013 Col rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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LEMMER is a professional bodyguard. Silent and invisible, he never gets involved.

EMMA LE ROUX believed her brother died twenty years ago, until she sees him on the news as the prime suspect in the brutal killing of four poachers.

As Lemmer and Emma join forces in pursuit of the truth, it soon becomes clear that someone is willing to do whatever it takes to stop them.

When that someone tries to murder them both, Lemmer is forced to step out of the shadows for the first time in his life.
Benjamin Thomas
The book was published in Britain in 2008, and is just now being published in the US. The author is an Afrikaner himself and this is the translated version from the original Afrikaaner version. Hats off to the translators I must say because you'd never know this book is not in the original language. There are a number of local terms used, but always italicized and never used such that you can't determine their meaning from the context of the sentence. I particularly enjoyed the plot elements sur ...more
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Deon Meyer was born in the South African town of Paarl in the winelands of the Western Cape in 1958, and grew up in Klerksdorp, in the gold mining region of Northwest Province.

After military duty and studying at the Potchefstroom University, he joined Die Volksblad, a daily newspaper in Bloemfontein as a reporter. Since then, he has worked as press liaison, advertising copywriter, creative directo
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