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The Star of Simbako

(Sam Harris Adventure #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  17 reviews
What have a missing diamond, a voodoo priestess and a civil war disappearance got in common? Can a courageous geologist use her skills to unravel the truth?

Geologist Sam Harris goes to Simbako in West Africa to work in the diamond fields of Fona. She is soon involved with a cast of characters who are starring in their own soap opera, a dangerous mix of superstition, cultur
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 2nd 2018 by Nielsen
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David Lucero
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sam Harris is a promising geologist with dreams of making it big in a profession dominated by men. But it's 1990, and women in this field are far less appreciated than the 'Working Girls' of the big city. However, an opportunity offering her the chance to further gain experience and respect comes her way, but requires a journey to West Africa.

Sam's big dreams about Africa take a turn upon arriving in the town of Fona, where reality settles in and the harsh challenges of living day-to-day confron
Bob Perhach
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sam in trouble again

As usual Sam finds herself in another predicament in which she will have to make some hard decisions. I just enjoy PJ's books. Keep up the good work.
Randall Krzak
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Star of Simbako finds Sam on her way to West Africa. Hired to work in the diamond fields of Fona, Sam becomes the victim of a voodoo curse. Or is it? She jumps at the chance to take on this project as this will be her first paid geology job. After a rocky arrival in Fona, Sam begins her new job. A chance meeting in the airport paves the way for her acceptance by the owner of the Star of Simbako, but will things be easy for her?

Once again, PJ has completed another fast-paced plot with more re
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-good
As usual Sam finds herself in a bit of a pickle but its nothing she can't handle. She's off to Africa this time to find a girl's best friend 😉 ...more
Caley Brennan
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[I was given a free copy of the book by the author in exchange for a review through Voracious Readers Only]
What a great book! The story focuses on Sam Harris, a plucky female geologist as she investigates a mining terrace in the fictional African country of Simbako while navigating her increasingly complicated love life. "Soap opera" in the description definitely wasn't an exaggeration as the story is heavy on the drama with a dash of adventure here and there. The author does pull this off quite
Douglas Williamson
It's just supposed to be a simple geological survey, but fate has other plans.

This is the third book in the series and things are picking up. There are a few references to people and things past, but nothing critical to the plot. The story stands very well on its own, so feel free to join any time.

The story is pure adventure with a lost diamond, a mix up with baggage, mistaken identity and lots of other inconveniences all leading to action and adventure. Add a heavy dose of intrigue and multipl
Anne Kinslow
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne Kinslow.
Wow! I think that I am becoming a great fan of Sam Harris the Geologist!! This story was full of unexpected twists and turns that keep you glued to the page just in case you miss something. It was a great read which I enjoyed very much. I loved all of the characters including the conniving Tamba who was seeking power through Adanna. I highly recommend this book.

Lorna Francis
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The star of Simbaco by P.J. Skinner 5 stars
Yet another excellent addition to this series. Drama mixed with traditions, marred with death and fighting. Excitement, romance and more in this thought provoking and action packed adventure.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great look at life as a female geologist in the 80s and deepest Africa
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the authour for a complinentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

This series keeps getting better!
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pleasantly surprised by a freebie!

Different! I wasn't sure what to expect with the premise of this book but was very pleasantly surprised!! I don't want to ruin it for other readers so I won't say anything about the plot twists and turns but it was SO worth reading and I will be reading her other Sam books!

I'm so glad I decided to read it and want to thank the author and Voracious Readers Only for the free copy of this book which I would have missed the opportunity of reading.

You will not be dis
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free advance copy of this book for proof reading and review. Having read Fool's Gold and Hitler's Finger, I am really enjoying following Sam on her adventures, and The Star of Simbako does not disappoint. I loved the storyline and can't wait for Sam Harris #4! I'm particularly waiting to see what happens with a certain person.... ...more
Cindy Tomamichel
I read all the Sam Harris books one after the other, and this one is even better. All the books provide interesting insights into working and living in dangerous areas, but this one drew in many interesting observations of life in Africa.

Sam once again faces danger and personal issues with courage and humour. The setting and people come to life on the pages.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-challenge
Geologist Sam Harris is finally being recognized in the world of geology and is hired to go to West Africa to help mine for diamonds. This couldn’t come at a better time as her boyfriend is back to cheating and this time with her very own sister. A few months away should mend her broken heart.

Kindness given to an older man at the airport makes Sam’s new job run more smoothly and opens doors she never imagined. Lost luggage and a bag with the wrong clothes tags her as a tart by the maid/cook at t
P.J. Skinner
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Sam Harris series is set in West Africa in the diamond fields of Simbako. Based on my experience in Sierra Leone after the civil war, I have transported the story back to 1990 to fit in with Sam's timeline. The mix of voodoo and superstition and violence is very real. I found this book wrote itself to some extent, I just had to put my hands on the key board and take a deep breath. I loved that Sam got herself in a pickle romantically instead of mooning over Simon. I tried t ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She is nursing a broken heart so she goes to west Africa to work in a diamond mine. She is about to go into an adventure about a missing diamond since the civil war. Will she find the missing diamond? Will she solve the mystery at the camp? See what will happen

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jud Hanson
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read

Light-weight but enjoyable read. One might call it a twist on the male-dominated treasure seeking genre. Definitely a winning series.
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PJ Skinner is the author of the Sam Harris Series of adventure mystery/thriller novels. A geologist who has spent thirty years roaming the planet and collecting tall tales and real-life experiences, she now writes fact-based novels from the relative safety of London. She still travels world wide collecting material for the series and having her own adventures. The author is working on two other ne ...more

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