The Lioness

Books on Tape. May 2022. 10:30 hrs. ISBN 9780593589380. $95. SUSPENSE
Set in the tumultuous Africa of the 1960s, this book tells the story of a safari gone horribly wrong. The guests are a Hollywood star and her new husband, along with her brother, sister-in-law, and some famous friends. Katie Barstow, the star bankrolling the Serengeti trip, expects a fantastic photo safari filled with as much luxury as is possible camping in the wild. It starts out a lovely experience, with giraffes, wildebeests and bucolic sights of other grazing animals. But then, the group is kidnapped by a team of Russians. The party is separated. The guards are gone, and each member of the safari must confront their personal demons in the attempt to survive. Bohjalian (Hour of the Witch) also tackles serious topics of then and today, including homophobia, racism, animal cruelty, and East–West politics. Narrators January LaVoy, Grace Experience, and Gabrielle De Cuir do an excellent job voicing the large cast of characters.
VERDICT This is a good read, full of adventure and with twists aplenty.
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