Muscle and Blood

Gaylord Dold
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Gaylord Dold
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113
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ISBN
9781938582806
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Language
English
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Gaylord Dold
 "Already he had counted sixteen soldiers, ten beige-clad paratroopers
sleeping under a big umbrella tree where there was some shade.  On the
taxi ride away from Brazzaville, along the dusty road where the plateau
broke down to brown grassless hills, he had see maybe six soldiers
marching wearily, looking sad-eyed and stoned on bungi, crazy from the
canopy of unrelieved sun.  Mostly he felt amazed and a little lucky to
be in Africa, but just then he felt afraid, as

if a little bubble of balance in the middle of his head had suddenly been tilted to one side, and the soldiers knew it."



Set in Zaire and the Republic of Congo, The World Beat evokes modern
Africa with a realism that few writers achieve.  At loose ends, series
hero Roberts takes an assignment from Lloyds of London to deliver ransom
for Elyse Revelle, a Belgian mining company doctor who has been
kidnapped, presumably be separatists or terrorists.  Together with a
Zairian employee of the company, Roberts undertakes an arduous river
journey to make contact with the kidnappers at the doctor’s clinic in
the jungle. This journey, with its sights, sounds, and smells of Africa,
is both metaphor and actuality.  Roberts falls seriously ill and the
trip becomes a struggle to head off forces that are opposed to the
mission, to find and pay off the kidnappers, and to elude death from
disease or assassination.



Like the novels of Graham Greene, The World Beat combines gripping
action themes of political commitment, moral responsibility and human
violence.
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