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Dead of Night

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Paperback, 300 pages
Published July 15th 2018 by Orenda Books
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Whispering Stories
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Journalist Crystal Nguyen (Crys) is working for the National Geographic on a story about Rhino poaching in South Africa. It was her who persuaded the company to let her cover the story after her friend Michael went missing whilst covering the same story. She is trying to find him, whilst also trying to find out about the poachers.

Whilst out on safari the leader takes ill and is taken back to camp and the second in command tells her he needs to
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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You may be familiar with the crime writing duo of Michael Stanley from their bestselling Detective Kubu series but their latest book, Dead of Night, marks the publication of their first ever stand-alone thriller.

Freelance journalist, Crystal Nguyen, travels to South Africa to write an article about rhino-horn smuggling for National Geographic and to find out what has happened to her friend and colleague, Michael, who disappeared a month ago while on the trail of smugglers. Crys is f
Susan Hampson
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 opportun ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mystery set mainly in the BUSH, SOUTH AFRICA

Crystal Nguyen, a freelance journalist, has lost contact with her friend (and potential lover) Michael Davidson whilst the latter was investigating a story about rhino poaching and rhino-horn smuggling in South Africa for National Geographic. The last she heard from him he was just about to uncover a big story and then silence. Since rhino poachers are rarely the nicest of people, everyone fears the worst but Crystal manages to persuade National Geogra
Laura Rash
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love when you read a book that you think isn’t really your style & then you’re pleasantly surprised! This was one of those books for me. A very intense story that takes you to lands you know nothin about & you become immersed in their world. Loved the main character, Crys, who was so freaking resilient that you had to admire her bad ass! I’d love to read another story with her for sure!
Thanks to Orenda for this copy:)
Kwei Quartey
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A character in this novel says to freelance journalist Crys[tal] Nguyen, the protagonist: "...Everywhere you go, there's trouble, Ms Nguyen." And that is quite true. At times while reading this veering, plunging, twisting thriller, I asked myself, "How did we get here, again?" Crys Nguyen leaves Duluth Minnesota and goes off to South Africa on a kind of dual mission: to investigate a rhinoceros horn-smuggling ring AND the disappearance of Crys's friend and colleague Michael Davidson. Writing for ...more
Karen Cole
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Michael Stanley's previous book, Dying to Live last year but I think Dead of Night might be even better! This is the duo's first standalone thriller and features freelance journalist, Crystal Nguyen who becomes concerned when her friend, Michael disappears while investigating rhino poaching in South Africa. She persuades National Geographic to hire her so she can finish Michael's story and at the same time see if she can discover what has happened to him. At first she is thrilled by the ...more
Cheryl M-M
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a standalone novel and not part of the Michael Stanley Detective Kubu series. Once again the writing duo writes about what they know in regards to South Africa. Regardless of whether it’s in the context of their light-hearted crime series or a solo novel, they always include important political, medical, cultural and socio-economic issues in their plots. This time the focus is on wildlife conservation, specifically the illegal trade of rhino horns.

Rhino Horn is used in traditional Chines
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
This book is a little different from those everyday thrillers we enjoy. Nevertheless, it is action packed till the end, keeping the reader enthralled with each and every page. After reading Dying to Live by this author and enjoying it I had to give this book a go!

Fast paced, written well and brilliant! Crystal (Cry for short) is off to find her missing colleague and friend. However, what she doesn’t expect is everything she will have to face to get to the answers of what has really happened! Eve
Donna Maguire

This book was excellent, a proper thriller!

The writing style was spot on, I loved the characters and was completely immersed in the story right from the outset. The settings were brilliant and described so well you felt you were there with them.

Crystal is a brilliant characters and I loved her fight and spirit. The story flows very well and it is very well written as I have now come to expect from these authors, they are yet to write a book yet that I have
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book........kept me reading well into the nights~!!
Julie Morris
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve not read any of the previous books by Michael Stanley so I came in to this cold as to what to expect from plot and writing style. To say I was not disappointed is an understatement, I was completely swept off my feet by the plot, the pacing and the characterisation.

The book’s setting is divided between four locations, Minnesota (briefly), South Africa, Switzerland and Vietnam with the main bulk of the action taking place in South Africa, which made it an easy sell for me from the beginning
Suze Bickerton
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was really looking forward to this. Although I hadn't read any other books by Michael Stanley, I had heard only good things. And I know the calibre of the books which come out of the Orenda stables.

I've never been to South Africa but I have been to Kenya, and was lucky enough to see rhinos in the wild. So I was particularly interested in a story featuring these magnificent animals.

Before I get started, can I just tell you how much I love the cover? It just says Africa to me. The deep oranges e
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dead of Night is a brilliant, gripping, fast-paced whirlwind of a read that covers some hard-hitting and relevant issues. Crystal Nguyen is a freelance reporter who is concerned about a fellow journalist friend who has gone missing in South Africa while researching about rhino poaching. Crys persuades National Geographic to hire her to finish off the research for the article and to figure out what has happened to Michael.

Right from the start I was drawn into this fascinating story, the authors h
J Fearnley
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fascinating book which has Crys following in another journalists footsteps in order to find him after he disappears when investigating the smuggling of rhino horn from South Africa to Vietnam. You learn such a lot but, of course, this is fiction so you also get a fast-paced, action thriller with a female protagonist who is quite fearless and has a deep sense of right and wrong even if she isn’t always able to be honest.

This is a stand alone from Michael Stanley, although it would be very
Dead of Night is a book that will inspire your inner wanderlust. It is a story set in South Africa bringing to life the beautiful scenery and the horror of the poaching market. I enjoyed the trip Michael Stanley took me on while reading this book. It is the perfect blend of a thrilling and informative read. Dead of Night is about the rhinoceros smuggling industry in South Africa; personally, this was very interesting to read about as I was not completely aware of how rampant it is. The book cert ...more
Cathy Cole
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
When you read any novel by the writing team of Michael Stanley, you know you're going to be told a fast-paced, exciting story with an incredibly vivid setting and fully fleshed characters. Not only that, you're going to learn a few things along the way. And that's exactly what you get with their thriller Dead of Night.

The authors do us a great service by unfolding all the complexities woven into the problem of rhino-horn smuggling. I have to admit that when I learned how a great deal of the pow
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the Detective Kubu series by Michael Stanley I knew I would enjoy this new novel, even though it is not part of that series.
The character on this series is Crys, a Vietnamese freelance journalist and biathlete who has spent most of her life in America. She is passionate about wildlife, there is a very touching part in the novel where she gives the reasons, and when a close friend goes missing whilst investigating poaching she takes his place. She hopes to find
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed reading the Detective Kubu series by Michael Stanley so when I heard that there was to be a standalone thriller released this year, I was immediately intrigued and keen to read the book. What I have loved about this writing duo is the way in which they are able to recreate the African landscape and make it feel so authentic as though you are right there in the heart of the action. This time it seems the pair know no borders, taking the reader from their native South Africa to Sw ...more
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Michael Stanley is the writing partnership of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Michael lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Stanley in Minneapolis.
We have travelled extensively in southern africa and have a special love of Botswana, where our detective novels are set.

Detective Kubu investigates complex murders in his native land, justifying his nickname by his size and tenacity (Kubu is Sets
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