If you’ve watched the new movie, “The Legend of Tarzan,” you know what it’s like to see two worlds collide. In that movie, you see the slave industry battle against the African tribes in a historic context. But in “Congo Dawn” by Jeanette Windle, you see a modern world mining a high dollar mineral battle against the local tribe over the destruction of their land by the mining industry. The emotions, characters and events in this book will take you on an international journey to the heart of Africa, it’s people and it’s trials.
Marine lieutenant Robin Duncan signs on with a company to track down an insurgent killer in a Congo village. The mission seems simple – justice is justice, right? Well, the more time Robin spends investigating and learning about the locals, the more weird and uncertain her mission becomes. Not only does she run into the man who disappeared from her life after Afghanistan, she must face the hard reality of why God allows so much suffering in the world.
If you’re looking for a book that will totally immerse you into a foreign land, “Congo Dawn” is it. From the very first page where the group of company workers travel into the Congo to the later chapters filled with intrigue and suspense, this novel will put so many new situations and emotions in front of you, you’ll hardly believe the things you will feel. Though this was a long book, 418 pages on Kindle, it was a fascinating read. I’ve always considered Africa a place people have taken advantage of in the past…but this book brought me up to date on the modern ways people practice corruption and destruction. It was sad in some ways. Yet, for a fiction book, it was the perfect balance of intense suspense, betrayal and a dash of heartwarming goodness.
Conclusion: The thing I loved the most about this book was even though it was Contemporary, it had a genuine jungle feel. You felt the anguish of the insurgent killer and the guilt he bore over the actions that led him to do the things he did. His story isn’t revealed until the end of the book, but all I have to say is this, it is so deep! (The read is worth it just for his story!) All the characters were awesome, the plot twisted and turned and the setting so very lifelike. If you’re up for the long haul and like Military and Suspense, check this one out!
Also, if anyone is looking for a book where more than one language is used, the characters in “Congo Dawn” speak Swahili, French and English.