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The Cobra (Deon Meyer) September 30, 2018

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2015, Hodder & Stoughton, Pages: 367 ISBN: 978-1-444-72376-9

 

So this was my first Deon Meyer book. I loved this book for many reasons. One, it is well written. Two, it is by a South African author. Three, having worked for the South African Police Services, it delivered on the inside day to day realities. Four, it is set in one of my favourite cities – Cape Town, my home for about three years. He captured the street life of the city, the train operations, the hustle and buzz of the V&A Waterfront and the scenic picturesque expanse of this iconic city.

 

Meyer writes a well plotted and thought out narrative about the ins and outs of what happens behind the scenes in the lives of people in a number of high profile offices of the police services, embassies, private businesses and the underworld. He writes like an insider. Having used real names for some of the ‘by the way’ characters in this story such as Richard Mdluli, and others, the story is personal, relatable, relevant as it is gripping.

 

A triple murder and a high profile foreigner goes missing in the wine suburb of Franschhoek, Cape Town, the big guns under the leadership of Captain Benny Griessel are called in to investigate. Inside politics, government secrets and interests threaten the investigation which places the investigation team in direct fire. On the other side of town, a smart pickpocket, who’s taking his sister through school with his illegal activities showcases the everyday realities of life around the Cape flats. Two parallel seemingly disjointed stories collide head on when the pickpocket steals from the wrong guy. The story is all tied together by one puzzling part, shell casings with a Cobra inscription wherever the obviously professional hits take place. The book keeps the two stories parallel so well that when they eventually come together one is sitting on the edge of the seat trying to piece the case together along with the investigators.

 

Meyer used brilliant writing style at the climax of the book where for a while, two separate scenes taking place at the same time are written together almost without paragraph marks. So like done in a movie, you jump from one scene to another at a moment’s notice, Riveting.

 

I dedicate this review to all police officers. Yours is a thankless job yet each day you bravely leave your families to daily face deadly criminals with the full knowledge that you might not return home. The fact that there are corrupt or police officers who are not doing their work will not stop me to praise the ones that do! I salute you all!!

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Lover of my soul… September 26, 2018

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Pic Cred: Gorata Afagbegee, Location: Morne Rouge Beach, Grenada, Model: Moi

One thing I love about pursuing God is that we already know His response. A guy can pursue a girl for a long time with no assurance of what she’ll say. She may say ‘yes’ and then off they go towards the sunset of romantic bliss. Or she may say ‘no’ and crush a guy’s heart but at least he has a response and can deal with the facts at hand. A challenge comes in the ‘maybe’ response. Where she has his heart in her hand and can turn it either way. He in the meantime while waiting to hear her hopefully say ‘yes,’ hangs in a balance of hope and despair as the days or months, or even years drag on. Hope deferred makes the heart sick the Bible says. The guy clings onto hints that the girl leaves making him sway either way of the pendulum. The pain of waiting and the possibility of a ‘no’ makes him want to give up and move on. But the prospect of a ‘yes’ keeps him in pursuit.

No one pursues us like Christ does and in our own pursuit of Him, we are assured that His answer is always ‘yes.’ There to meet us at our point of need – always. Why not since He knows what pursuit looks like? He knows how it’s like to pursue a people, die for them and have them reject you, but pursue them still. Like Hosea pursued after Gomer even after countless times of going back to idols and prostitution. Only Christ pursued us all the way to the cross – much more sacrificial.

I am in pursuit of the lover of my soul, the one who fills my heart when my head can’t find all the answers I need to life’s questions.

 

Not a penny more, Not a penny less (Jeffrey Archer) September 25, 2018

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Pages: 336, Pan Macmillan, First issue: 1976. Review based on 2012 edition. ISBN: 978-1-4472-7231-1

I almost gave up on this book a couple of pages in. The first couple of pages are heavily technical with detailed explanations and comments on the stock market and economics. Although these are subjects I have an interest in, since I wanted to read for pleasure and to relax while on vacation, the book was kind of heavy for me to begin with. But on a 15 hour flight, with other books in my checked in luggage, I decided to hold on a bit more. My patience was well rewarded.

 

Four men are swindled out of their money by a smart self-made millionaire stork market trader who’s been doing it for years (not always above board) without being caught. Harvey Metcalfe has a rags to riches story of one who worked his way up and paid more attention than most of us ever do and managed to build himself an empire while at it. He manages through other people, to ‘steal’ a million dollars from four random strangers by getting them to invest in a loser company ‘Prospecta Oil’ which never opens shop. One day they are on the brink of riches with the company about to apparently ‘hit an oil rig,’ and overnight, their shares are worthless with Harvey Metcalfe at large without as much as a warning. The book centres around the quad’s sophisticated plan to beat Harvey at his own game and get all their money back, quietly and expertly – not a penny more, and not a penny less. What a treat!

 

Jeffrey Archer is a phenomenal writer. The plot, the characterization and the flow of the book is excellent. His use of language is simple yet specifically fitting for each character. He gave each character a distinct repertoire while they were executing an excellently drafted plan of action for each one. The ending has an unexpected twist which made it worth the first pages of slog I endured. Simply exceptional.

 

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