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Heart of the Hunter
By Deon Meyer
is a 6 ft three giant nicknamed Tiny. He has been a foot soldier
for the struggle against apartheid, an assassin for the KGB, and
an enforcer for the drug boss of South Africa. He has turned his
back on all of this to lead a quiet peaceful life working at a BMW
motorcycle agency. He has found love with Miriam Nzululwazi and
her young son, Pakamile. He is satisfied with this life until the
daughter of an old friend, Johnny Kleinjes, appeals for his help.
Her father has been kidnapped and is threatened with death unless
he gives the kidnappers a hard disc, which contains damaging information
about the State. She has 72 hours to bring the disc to them. Physically
handicapped, she is unable to travel. Her father had left instructions
that she contact Thobela if she was ever in trouble. Thobela is
reluctant to leave his new life, but being an honorable man, feels
he must repay his debt to Johnny.
to fly to his destination is blocked by government agents, who want
the disc. He must find alternate means of transportation. He appropriates
a BMW motorcycle from the agency where he works, and begins a wild
journey across the backcountry of South Africa, pursued by the nation's
security forces, which constantly blocks his way. There are underlying
forces at work at the Presidential Intelligence Unit headed by Janine
Mentz. Reporter Allison Healy writes the saga of Thobela's journey,
which makes him into a hero, and rallies motorcyclists from all
over to attempt to help him. Allison probes into the reasons for
the government's actions and discovers deeply hidden secrets.
in South Africa, this book presents to the reader a cast of characters
with difficult and unusual names, an unfamiliar country, a complicated
history of the nation and its many tribal factions. Once the reader
has overcome these hurdles, the story absorbs and captures his undivided
narration of Thobela's trek across South Africa to accomplish his
mission is vivid, drawing the reader into his travail. The political
maneuvering throughout and its consequences keeps the reader in
doubt about who the real culprit is and what his motives are. The
mental struggle of Thobela to keep his past dark personality in
check against the forces pressuring him is thoughtful and understanding.
The episode of the motorcyclists’ uprising adds a brief light
moment. The reader is given an excellent picture of the stuggle
in South Africa.
descriptions of the country are very vivid and breathtaking.
is a very suspenseful thriller, which keeps the reader turning the
pages to learn the next development.