John F. Dobbyn
Oceanview, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
by John F. Dobbyn is a book you do not want to miss. It involves blood diamonds (mined by slaves under unusually cruel overseers, who are hardly out of diapers, but have AK-47s) that are sold on black markets, passing through many, many hands.
oston, Dublin and Sierra Leone, as well as Antwerp, all figure in this exciting book that grabs you by the throat on the first page and won't let go. Lex Devlin and Michael Knight realize the human price that is paid for the acquisition of these rough diamonds when they meet Johnny Walker (better known as Bantu in his home land of Sierra Leone). They learn of his escape from the mud pits where the diamonds were mined and of the gem stones he managed to smuggle out with him. Now he needs to turn them into money so that he can pay the bribe to free his father, still a slave in Sierra Leone.
he story gets pretty complicated but is really quite easy to follow. The Italian Mafia is involved. So is what is sometimes known as the Irish Murfia. There are evil people whose only consideration is the money to be made from these stones. The diamonds pass from hand to hand, from Sierra Leone all the way to the diamond cutters in Antwerp. The characters in
all have their own agenda.
nter Lex and Michael. They're the good guys. They work miracles at the risk of their own lives. Get your hands on this well-written novel and have the read of the summer. You can thank me later.
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