Blood Safari by Deon Meyer

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When the rich and famous visit South Africa, their first port of call is often Body Armor, the personal security company offering two types of protection: the big and intimidating muscle men called Gorillas or the lean and hungry former government body guards, referred to as Invisibles.

Lemmer is a freelance Invisible. The tiny and beautiful Emma le Roux, a brand consultant from Cape Town, wants to hire him. He needs the money, so he listens to her story. Lemmer’s First General Law is: Don’t get involved. But he has never failed as a body guard and he’s also grown a little too fond of Emma. He uncovers simmering racial and political tensions, greed, corruption, and a network of eco-terrorists. He follows the leads until he finds what he’s after: The people who attacked Emma. Getting to them will be extremely dangerous, and exposing them could have international political implications. If he fails, both he and Emma will end up dead. But Lemmer is sick and tired of being invisible. He goes after them, against all odds.


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About Deon Meyer

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Deon Meyer is an internationally acclaimed, prize-winning author of seven crime novels, including Blood Safari, Thirteen Hours and Trackers. His books have been translated into twenty languages. He lives on the western coast of South Africa.
 
Published January 1, 2009 by Atlantic Monthly. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Top-notch thriller from South African Meyer (Devil's Peak, 2008, etc.) about a young woman's desperate search for her dead brother.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Blood Safari

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Simon Vance provides an assortment of authentic-sounding Afrikaans accents (think Scottish with a Germanic edge) for this first-class thriller that manages to include South African history and musings

Nov 29 2010 | Read Full Review of Blood Safari

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Set mainly in the game preserves of South Africa, Meyer's stellar stand-alone thriller delivers muscular prose with a hero to match. When three masked men break into the Cape Town home of Emma

Jul 13 2009 | Read Full Review of Blood Safari

The Guardian

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Deon Meyer's South Africa is a country no longer searching for truth and reconciliation but creating an altogether new history in which the millions of people under 25 have little or no personal experience of apartheid, while for many others it is a fading memory.

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Simon Vance provides an assortment of authentic-sounding Afrikaans accents (think Scottish with a Germanic edge) for this first-class thriller that manages to include South African history and musings on apartheid and the environment without losing a beat of its feverish pacing.

Nov 29 2010 | Read Full Review of Blood Safari

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When three masked men break into the Cape Town home of Emma le Roux on Christmas Eve, Emma manages to escape over the wall into her neighbor's yard.

Jul 13 2009 | Read Full Review of Blood Safari

The Washington Post

The man who may be Emma's brother is an environmental activist -- an eco-terrorist, some say -- who fled after killing poachers who had slain a large number of the huge birds.

Sep 21 2009 | Read Full Review of Blood Safari

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I was surprised, originally, at the idea of a rehabilitation center for vultures, probably the ugliest birds in creation, but when I discovered the reason (the wanton killing of vultures for body parts because they are believed to ward off certain kinds of evil) and the fact that the killing of v...

Oct 03 2009 | Read Full Review of Blood Safari

Monsters and Critics

In Blood Safari, Emma Le Roux, a beautiful young woman, sees her brother named on the Cape Town news as the prime suspect in the killing of ...more Lemmer is an Invisible, a private bodyguard with a reputation for violence.

May 20 2009 | Read Full Review of Blood Safari

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In the chasing, thundering, misunderstanding world of a man such as Lemmer – he does not use his first name, there are things for which he has no use – a man who wants to do right, a man who in his job as a bodyguard, wants not just to be close to the body he has to guard, but to forestall hurt t...

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