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The Dung Beetles of Liberia: A Novel Based on True Events

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2019 Grand Prize Winner - Red City Review

Based on the remarkable true account of a young American who landed in Liberia in 1961.

The blend of fictional action and nonfiction social inspection is simply exquisite, and are strengths that set this story apart from many other ficitonal pieces sporting African settings. - D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

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Paperback, 316 pages
Published September 1st 2019 by BQB Publishing
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Jacob I liked it -- the metaphor was good, and since the book deals so much with expats and their exploitative relationship with Liberia (whether they even …moreI liked it -- the metaphor was good, and since the book deals so much with expats and their exploitative relationship with Liberia (whether they even want it to be that way or not), it made sense. And, honestly, the title drew me in, plus the cover is great. (less)
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Lucinda Clarke
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The Dung Beetles of Liberia by Daniel V Meier is the story of a young college undergraduate at Cornell who drops out of school to take a job flying planes in Liberia. He leaves behind his astonished family and his almost-fiancé in a bid to escape the demons that plague him over the death of his brother. He’s learned that Liberia is one of the richest countries in Africa and has high expectations of what he will find there. America had repatriated many slaves in the 1800’
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Katie
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked this book because of the graphic cover but that turned out to be one of the stronger points of this book. The opening passage sets the tone, which I'm sure is accurate to a certain experience of expat pilots at the time but the boys club atmosphere wasn't appealing to me. I was confused if the book was a memoir or a novel... I didn't find it to have enough personal reflection to be a good memoir but also not enough plot or character development to be a novel. The setting and adventures ...more
J.D. DeHart
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book was my first attraction to it. I was pleased to find, inside its pages, polished writing that kept me wanting to read.

The story has humor, well-written dialogue, tension, and attention to detail in its descriptions.

The Dung Beetles of Liberia is a book well worth reading, and I’m glad I had the chance to check it out.
Jacob
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really a very good read. I enjoyed how you never knew what was really coming in the next chapter, and the book really got me interested in Liberia specifically and West Africa in general, and the stories were told from a very matter-of-fact perspective without a partisan message -- something that I consider to be ideal when talking about such a very complicated thing as African politics.

I enjoyed how it was 'light reading' in the sense that it was entertaining and it did not require you to pay
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Kat
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this captivating novel based on true events, Meier intimately describes seven years of Ken Verrier’s life as a transport pilot in Liberia, the richest country in Africa, after the latter drops out of college and leaves America in his quest for identity and to fight his inner demons.

Meier’s precise prose is vivid and yet straightforward as he details contrasting lives of the common Liberian population and the privileged Americo-Liberians. A fascinating evocation of 1960s Liberia, the novel ex
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Keith
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Several years ago a close friend of mine moved from the good old USA into the backcountry of Central America. It was a bold move on his part, but as the next couple of years unfolded I became mesmerized by his tales of adventure and occasional danger. I thought they were so intriguing that I tried to get him to write them down and attempt to get them published. He didn't but apparently the friends of Dan Meier had better luck. His first-person narrative, of life in western Africa, is a winner an ...more
Dora Okeyo
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
How do you review or better yet, rate a book that's based on true events? Especially if you were never a witness of these events?

I am overly critical of books that are set in Africa, because one I am African and two there have been so many tales written that do not depict Africa as a friendly continent. So, believe me when I say that I was skeptical at first and kept reading this book waiting to call out the author on anything I felt offended by.

I had to set the book aside after the first chapte
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Friscomama
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a fairly close friend from Liberia, and that influenced me to check out the book, and to go for 4 stars.

With some of the background being short on details, it wasn't clear on why the protagonist wanted to drop out of college and get involved with a fairly dangerous job, leaving his girlfriend to go to Liberia, and drink a lot of alcohol. He has a girlfriend back home, and a girlfriend in Liberia, and then someone's wife, then the peace corp woman . .. rather a jerk, but the book is a comi
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Irene
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a life!
To fly...
Travel..
Help..

This was interesting. Almost all the rules well I mean rather the rule of law went out the window!
He soon got the hang of things but boy someone, a would be co-worker, died the first day he arrived.
He meets woman and men from around the globe some still nazi's our boy had to walk out on when they got drunk and got to goosestepping!

He had quite an adventure. Someone tried to rob him and that person lived to regret his actions as our man quickly understood why
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Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Rachel Dehning for Reader Views (2/20)

“The Dung Beetles of Liberia” by Daniel V. Meier, Jr. is about a young underclassman, Ken Verrier, trying to figure out his life. On the outside, Ken appears as if he has it all together – he is attending a prestigious college to obtain a degree in physics and has a very attractive and attentive girlfriend by his side. What not everyone may know is that Ken has had a traumatic experience take place that has caused him to rethink his life decision
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Billy Buttons
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A WISHING SHELF BOOK REVIEW
10th Oct 2019

TITLE: THE DUNG BEETLES OF LIBERIA, A Novel Based on True Events
Author: Daniel V Meier Jr
Star Rating: 4 stars

‘Perfect for anybody who enjoys a gritty thriller and a little African history too.’ A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review

REVIEW
Firstly, I must say the title is excellent. There’s nothing better than a cleverly thought-out, enticing title that’s sort of ‘out of the box’. A wonderful title like this suggests to me the book is going to be pretty wonderful too
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Kris Smith
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book Review for THE DUNG BEETLES OF LIBERIA.

Even though it’s been many months since I read THE DUNG BEETLES OF LIBERIA by Dan Meier, I have waited awhile to let the book “simmer” before thinking about writing a review. I always do that. I think about books long after I have finished reading them, massaging my memory of them and pulling out what resonates with me.

The most enjoyable for me are books that describe culture, history and how characters evolve. This book brought all three.

Liberia’s c
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Julie
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite books are ones in which I am immersed into an unknown time and place, and this time it was Liberia in the 1960s. I knew next to nothing about this country at during time period and I was immediately swept away into that world. The descriptive writing was beautiful and truly transported me. The themes of class divide, corruption and a foreigner living in a new country, as well as the eccentric characters reminded me of Gregory David Roberts’ Shantaram, though on a smaller scale.

Thoug
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Alicia Geromel
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mesmerizing semi-true adventure!

Liberia in the 60’s, both a spectacular paradise and a raw, perilous jungle society! For a young American with a tragic past in search of himself, the perfect destination. Read it for some fascinating insights!
R. M.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting story. This one really opens your eyes!
David Becker
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Exciting yarn that shows one of Africa’s more curious political/cultural entities on the brink of its reckoning with history.
Rachel
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
“The Dung Beetles of Liberia” by Daniel V. Meier, Jr. is about a young underclassman, Ken Verrier, trying to figure out his life. To the outside, Ken appears as if he has it all together- he is attending a prestigious college to obtain a degree in physics and has a very attractive and attentive girlfriend by his side. What not everyone may know is that Ken has had a traumatic experience take place that has caused him to rethink his life decisions and choose to shift his aspirations to different ...more
Patricia M. Meier
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ken is a sympathetic hero that is easy to identify with. His story is beautifully written with engaging narrative and descriptive prose that puts you right in 1960’s Liberia. This is a story that should be told.
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A retired Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA, Daniel V. Meier, Jr. has always had a passion for writing. During his college years, he studied History at The University of North Carolina Wilmington and American Literature at The University of Maryland Graduate School. In 1980 he was published by Leisure Books under the pen name of Vice Daniels. He also worked briefly for the Washington Business ...more

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