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A Road Through Mali-Kuli by Agi Kiss
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Dec 19, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: africa, fiction, thriller-mystery
Recommended for: people who like adventures and mysteries, especially located in exotic locales, Africa.
Read in January, 2002

This is an unusual book, a thriller that takes the reader to the world of environmental conservation in Africa. While the book is highly informative -as a lead ecologist for the World Bank who has spent years in Africa, Agi Kiss knows her topic- it never preaches or lectures. The pace is fast and the book contains all necessary elements for the reader to keep the pages turning. The characters range from corrupt African politicians to fanatic European conservationists, from ruthless foreign business interests to local village women. While a minor quibble could be that the characters are not always fully drawn or multi-dimensional, the dialogue is constantly natural, the protagonist Carol Simmons a truly sympathetic figure. In a couple of instances the editing could have been more careful (in one scene, the spaghetti bolognese turns into ravioli during the course of the dinner), but these don't distract from the reading pleasure. Agi Kiss keeps the complex plot together in an exemplary manner and the reader is taken on a fascinating ride through Africa and international intrigue surrounding wildlife trade and conservation. This entertaining book on an important topic is highly recommended! [I originally wrote this for Amazon.com.]

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