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Atone for the Ivory Cloud (The Trilogy for Freedom Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The main characters, Allison and Sipho, are drawn into a nightmare of events by becoming enmeshed by their past lives and “forced” by the CIA to go undercover to entrap an international money laundering ring and that is also involved in the illegal ivory trade.
This is an action packed story with an exotic African setting. We go from New York to the street markets of Dar el Salaam, Zanzibar and Mombasa. We go into the bush to witness the slaughter of elephants that are ignominiously detusked with machetes. The ivory of course is heading to Vietnam and China.
Just when you think you know what's going to happen next you get thrown a curveball. That makes this an exciting read, but is also a weakness -- in my mind -- because it may require a reader to suspend too much disbelief. For instance, the revenge of an African elephant against a villain who threatens Allison, makes for a good visual but I found a little hard to swallow.
I'm a bit of a geek, so I enjoyed some of the tech intrigues and cyber lingo, but my interest in Allison’s encrypted electro-network music composition (I made up that moniker) was never slaked. Wells either did a lot of research or he is suspiciously involved in the life of cybercrime. Anytime the narrative dealt with encryption, coding and bitcoin blockchains, I felt like a witness at a crime scene.
Music is something that Wells interlaces in the narrative and I wish that in a future work he finds a way develop that concept more. Not easy. But I “felt” the music in the final chapters as the language became noticeably more lyrical.
I enjoyed this book. It mixes classic themes of love, greed and revenge in a world where technology influences so many of our daily activities. The interplay of these elements adds another level of dramatic tension.
Read this book. You’ll find it challenging and interesting.
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