Martin lives in the Yorkshire Dales and Madrid - another poor boy who grew up smart enough to make money, dumb enough to blow it (on failed marriages to good women) and lucky enough to get a decent living from corporate law; ending up somehow with a great family spread far and wide, a stack of old cycle racing injuries, and a cluster of real and imagined stories that insist on being told.
on June 21, 2013 :
Okay this has taken a bit of time to read but that's largely because other things kept cropping up preventing me getting really stuck into the story. But had I been able to this would've been finished within the matter of a day or two, the story is that gripping. It begins quite slowely with a group of tourists heading out into the heartlands of south east Africa, each to forget their own worries and troubles. Little do they know that one in the midst is not who he says and will not remain the helpful friendly gentleman they all believe him to be, leading to a fight for survival in more ways than one. This book has two stories in one as we follow the group in their battle to survive the trials and tribulations of the savnnah intertwined with the story of Mr Bloom himself and his numerous indiscretions and misdemeanors. The writing is gripping and descriptive and brings the hot savannah plains to life and as the story continues you find yourself cheering on our survivors and wishing for bad things for a certain Mr Bloom. A great read that keeps you engrossed until the very end.
(review of free book)