Happy publication day to the wonderful Michael Stanley team!!!
Title: Dead of Night
Author: Michael Stanley
Date of publication: 15th July 2018
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Uncorrected proof
Number of pages: 320
When freelance journalist, Crystal Nguyen, heads to South Africa, she thinks she’ll be researching an article on rhino-horn smuggling for National Geographic, while searching for her missing colleague. But within a week, she’s been hunting poachers, hunted by their bosses, and then arrested in connection with a murder. And everyone is after a briefcase full of money that may hold the key to everything…
Fleeing South Africa, she goes undercover in Vietnam, trying to discover the truth before she’s exposed by the local mafia. Discovering the plot behind the money is only half the battle. Now she must convince the South African authorities to take action before it’s too late. She has a shocking story to tell, if she survives long enough to tell it…
Fast-paced, relevant and chilling, Dead of Night is a stunning new thriller that exposes one of the most vicious conflicts on the African continent…
My very first Michael Stanley novel! My knowledge of Africa amounts to … very little, therefore I was entering a new world with this standalone. What an eye-opener and an outstanding thought-provoking novel! Talk about a first trip from South Africa to Vietnam!
No time to breathe! The opening throws you in the jungle with very dangerous people trying to smuggle rhino horns and other valuable items out of South Africa. A journalist has been tracking them and is on the verge of dismantling a big network of soulless thieves…
And then you meet Crys. Strong, sporty, great journalist … and worried about a friend who has been working far away on a big project. Brave(r than me), Crys decides to fly to South Africa, finish the job and find her missing friend.
Many things await her in South Africa, and I am not talking about the sun!!! Michael Stanley have a knack for putting Africa on a page without pictures. You don’t need to see what it looks like. Every word is a piece of the picture and by the end of the book, you feel you have been there for real. My favourite part is the shadows thrown in with the beautiful setting. Despite the dreamy places, a lot of dark things are going on and heavy subjects are dealt with, leaving the reader aware of what is happening, how complicated things are, and how harrowing some people’s lives can be. But the novel never gets heavy and boring. Boring can NOT describe Dead of Night! Chases, danger, guns, animals, travels, more guns, threats, being a journalist is not a safe career choice!
Crys, despite her will to help her friend and discover what is going on to write her article for National Geographic, never sounds like a super-hero, a clichéd woman who can handle anything. She doubts, her priorities changes, her feelings are all over the place. You can feel her fear, her interest, her wish for things to get better, her hopes and dreams. Her character feels real and courageous in a way only a driven woman can be.
Rhino-horns smuggling, dead animals, the threat hanging over the heads of animals who just want to be left alone … all of this got me emotional, angry, wishing there was something I could do. The authors are incredibly good at making YOU want to bring change but also allow you to understand a different culture, different point of views, and get a big picture of the issues at hand.
Dead of Night is more than crime fiction. It’s a breath-taking mix of adrenaline and current affairs brought to life by colourful characters.
Dead of Night is now available! Get it from Amazon, good bookstore and the Orenda e-shop!