Waiting for Bones

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Four friends on an African safari must transform themselves from tourists into agents of their own survival. Griff, a dedicated orthopedic surgeon, has a bone-deep aversion to the unexpected. Nina is a master of three languages andshe mistakenly believesher own roomy universe. Todd is a marathon-running footwear engineer whose impulsive behavior compounds the danger for everyone. Abby, a beautiful, gifted teacher, encounters a steep learning curve during this vacation of a lifetime. Waiting for Bones is the story of a life-or-death test for two couples in a vast, untamed wilderness. Dehydration, sunstroke, savage vegetation, and Africas most fearsome predatorssome of them humanthreaten at every turn. As the four come face-to-face with the hazards and living riches of one of the last pristine environments on Earth, they make life-changing discoveries about their partners and themselves. This is a writer who can dramatize action, spring surprises and deliver a satisfying, even inspiring, denouement. BookReview.com
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About the author

Donna Cousins lives and writes in Chicago. Her debut novel, Landscape, won first place in the Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Awards, honorable mention in Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards, and honorable mention in ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Awards.

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iUniverse
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Published on
Nov 9, 2011
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Pages
192
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ISBN
9781462061617
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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