The Mandela Plot

13 CDs. HighBridge Audio. Aug. 2018. 15:30 hrs. ISBN 9781684412143. $44.99. digital download. F
Bonert, winner of the National Jewish Book Award for his first novel, The Lion Seeker, has written a gripping coming-of-age story of Martin Helger, a Jewish second-generation South African teen. Martin is seduced by a beautiful American woman who convinces him to get involved in the violence of South Africa's antiapartheid movement. As a result, Martin is detained by Oberholzer, a virulently anti-Semitic police officer who, because of a family secret, is obsessed with exacting revenge. Dennis Kleinman transitions seamlessly among flawless South African, Afrikaans, Yiddish, Hebrew, and American accents. His reading makes the raw emotions, violence, terror, and cruelty come to life, keeping the listener riveted.
VERDICT Highly recommended for all public libraries. ["At times, this story reads like a YA adventure novel, with many brawls, harrowing escapes, outrageous plot twists, and some graphic violence. Martin's voice, replete with South African and Yiddish slang (a helpful glossary is included), rings authentic": LJ 4/15/18 review of the Houghton Harcourt hc.]—Ilka Gordon, Beachwood, OH

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