Friday, August 8, 2014

Adventures of an American Diplomat

When I received "The American Mission" from Early Reviewers at Librarything, I thought it might have the same idea as Graham Greene's "The Honorary Consul."

Alex Baines was an up and comer in the state department but when he witnessed a massacre in Darfur, it took something out of him.

He didn't know what to do but when he's asked to join his mentor and be the number three man in the US Embassy in Kinshasa, he jumps at the chance.

One of his early duties is to act as the middleman in a ransom demand by a militant who kidnapped a number of people, including Americans.  He does a good job and meets Marie Tuolo, daughter of a village chief.

Later, he's told he has to act as the go between in a situation where a US mining company wants to mine in a village that would leave the village dispoiled. He learns that this is Marie's village. During this controversy, the suspense begins to intensify.

The more I got into the story, the better it was and I couldn't put the book down.

The ending was excellent with good intrigue and action as well as suspense. Don't miss it.

I received a free book for honest review.

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