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The Medinandi License (Trace Brandon Book 4) by [Reneau, Randall]
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About the Author

Randall Reneau is the author of five previous novels, including Diamond Fields, a Royal Dragonfly Book Awards grand prize winner, and Deadly Lode, a Richard Boes Memorial Award winner. He is also a two-time winner of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. A former international geologist and Vietnam veteran, he lives with his wife, Lynne, in Austin, Texas.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4080 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1511956496
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (30 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01F17JJ94
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #859,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had not previously read any of the Trace Brandon novels before, but the synopsis for The Medinandi License, really drew me in, and since the Kindle price was so reasonable, I thought i would give it a go. I'm so glad I took a chance on an author I was unaware of, as I have discovered a thriller writter, who is both unique, current and compelling. The novel follows geologist Trace Brandon, who is not having the best of luck during his short time in Mali. But, it is abu to get a whole lot worse, when his friend is kidnapped by terrorist group, Al Qeada. A ransom demand soon arives, but it seems an almost impossible ask. That leaves shady illegal activities as Trace's only option, but the further on the wrong side of the law he goes, the more dangerous it becomes. Will it all end with both Trace and Gordon six feet under? You will have to read to find out.

I urge fans of the thriller genre to try give The Medinandi License a read. You cetainly wont be affected by not reading the previous Trace Brandon books, as the plot and characters are so well-rounded and well-written. Full of excitement, tension and intrigue, this book is a bit of a gem.
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This is the fourth novel featuring geologist Trace Brandon, but it really isn't essential to have read the other three to find plenty of things to like about his fourth instalment, The Medinandi License. The characters were very believable and many of them were rather compelling too, such as the good 'bad guy', the international arms dealer, who will sell you weapons if you have the money, but also has a real helpful nature. That sort of well-rounded character was something I really enjoyed about Reneau's novel. People and situations are rarely black or white, there are always shades of grey, something Reneau captured so well.

Sometimes a good man will have to do something against the law to help someone they care about. Just like Trace has to, when his good friend is captured by terrorists and the demanded ransom is hard to come by. What follows is thrilling, frightening and so exciting that, staying up late to finish this one, was my only option.
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The Medinandi License is a compelling and gritty action novel, with plenty of drama, heartbreak, and breathtaking moments. Randall Reneau is not your average action novelists. He has created a plot that is totally unpredictable that carries the reader on a twisting journey that keeps you guessing right up until its conclusion. His likeable protagonist, Trace Brandon is a geologist working on a digging project in Mali. He has only been there two months, but has already fell completely in love. However, it isn't all smooth sailing...Mali is a nation in political conflict, and there are many who do not want a Western digging operation. So it is no surprise that there are not many willing to help when his friend Gordon is taken by terrorists. It's a desperate situation, which I really felt through the dramatic descriptions, and once I got into the story, there was no way I could put it down.
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This novel is full of combat and action, with Trace Brandon in the center. As a geologist it wouldn’t seem he would collect such powerful enemies, but he has also made just as many influential friends. The Medinandi License is the fourth book in the Trace Brandon series. His friend Gordon Watson gets kidnapped, his equipment gets blown up or stolen, and he is shot at several times he flies in one of “Little Babba’s” planes.
The Dark Continent has many unique dangers. There is uprisings in politics, there is fanatical groups wishing to take hold of areas, there are tribe groups with their own rights and rituals. When outsiders come in to mine the riches of the land, everyone either takes advantage or tries to hinder the process. Trace is unable to save his friend Gordon, but he is able to move on from the death of his fiancée, Dominic.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 25 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good thriller author! 14 Jun. 2016
By Ivana S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Now this is what I call a GOOD book. This was a surprising book, to me. I really enjoyed reading it. I am always gripped from the first page and usually end up reading them straight through - another absolutely stunning read. “The Medinandi License” is a gritty action book. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I read it. It kept me guessing and kept me involved, heart-racing involved to be honest, for the whole book.
I can't say too much more without spoiling it, this is a pretty good thriller. I really didn't guess what actually happened. It was edgy and full of combat. I did enjoy it and it was such a quick easy read. I think for me personally what makes me love a mystery or thriller is that it is dark, twisty and keeps me on the edge.
“The Medinandi License” makes an excellent rainy day or beach day read. It is a fast paced story that does not need a sequel but lives well as a standalone. I highly recommend!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Trace Brandon book yet 1 Jun. 2016
By GeoGuy - Published on Amazon.com
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As a fan of the Trace Brandon series, I was excited to get my hands on the Medinandi License (even though I am still not sure how to pronounce the title). Reneau puts you into the action immediately and it never stops. Lots of new characters with enjoyable personalities. As an exploration geologist I continue to enjoy the truly authentic scenarios that the author brings into play. So many books disappoint when it comes to geologic explanations and situational descriptions. This is a fun read and truly worth your time if you want to truly experience the life of a swashbuckling exploration geologist. Waiting for the next installment Mr. Reneau.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars “When in doubt ... attack.” — Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. 15 Jun. 2016
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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There are few authors who are able to translate their work experience and educational background into novels that can hold the public's interest. Either they stumble on the clods of attempting to write a compelling story or alienate the reader with facts about a subject that is so foreign that is begs indulgence just to get through it. Such is most assuredly not the case for Randall Reneau. This man can compose a novel so filled with information that has been on the periphery of our knowledge that he manages to make his special mixture work in the most unique and rewarding way.

Reneau, as his biographical data informs us, `has been a professional geologist since 1974. He holds a BA in Geology from Central Washington University. He spent nearly twenty years in uranium exploration, followed by three years in Liberia, West Africa exploring for diamonds and gold. After the outbreak of civil war in Liberia, Mr. Reneau managed a gold exploration project in Mali, West Africa. He later managed silver and copper exploration projects in Mexico. In 2004, he co-founded Uranium Energy Corporation. In 2006, he co-founded Strategic American Oil (now Duma Energy) Corporation. Mr. Reneau served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Cambodia and was awarded a Bronze Star and two Army Commendation Medals. He lives with his wife, Lynne, in Austin, Texas.' Now with mining experiences in Liberia, Mali, Mexico and the US and wartime experiences in Vietnam and Cambodia it is no wonder that he is able to weave such a mesmerizing tale about greed, the mining industry, attempts at extortion and make it so personal that we become completely involved.

Reneau has created a character in Trace Brandon as raw and heroic as the types from Ian Fleming's James Bond to James Patterson's Alex Cross or Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan. The difference is that Trace Brandon is a geologist who travels the world in experiences that combine mining and public companies. So entering Book 4 of Trace Brandon’s adventure, the synopsis at least sets the stage: ‘Geologist Trace Brandon has been in Mali less than two months. He’s nearly been killed twice, lost a drilling rig to a well-placed RPG, and fallen for Peace Corps volunteer Molly Wainwright. All pretty much SOP for West Africa, until his friend Gordon Watson is brutally kidnapped by Al Qaeda. Running out of time to meet the ransom demands, Trace turns to a Malian arms dealer and a French-Canadian ex-mobster for help. Together, they come up with a risky, highly illegal scheme to rescue Gordon. If the plan goes south, Trace knows he could end up in prison—or the Bamako expatriate cemetery on Rue de Dakar . .’ And for those who have been fortunate enough to have followed Books 1 – 3, then this is enough to whet the appetite.

Any reader who can resist this quality of writing, especially as rich in learning intricacies about the mining industry, simply isn't ready for intrigue on this level. Reneau is on his way to the top. Grady Harp, June 16
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterfully Written 8 Jun. 2016
By Landman - Published on Amazon.com
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I could hardly wait for my copy of Mr. Reneau's latest book to arrive, and could barely put it down once it did.
This author has an uncanny ability of spinning an intriguing yarn while educating the reader in the geography and geology of the area where the plot is based and in the nuances of experiencing life while being there. Like thoroughly enjoying the sensation of learning and not realizing it due to being spellbound during the entire reading. The book holds your attention as you wonder what will happen with each character whose personality is so expertly woven. All the research undertaken by the author is apparent from beginning to end. Well done Mr. Reneau!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Action is not a fiction genre I'm usually drawn to ... 24 Oct. 2016
By Bookish Kenz - Published on Amazon.com
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Action is not a fiction genre I'm usually drawn to, I tend to prefer science fiction or horror. However, the synopsis and the reviews of The Medinandi License, drew me too it (the very reasonable Kindle price helped). The plot description seemed current, and the reviews described th action as thrilling.

After the first few chapters I was completely hooked. Reneau has such an effortless style of writing, that really sets a scene or atmosphere, without being too complicated. Trace Brandon is an extremely likeable protagonist, and I couldn't help but have sympathy for him from the start. Mali has been a disaster for him, but his friend Gordon may not get out of Africa alive. He has been taken hostage by terrorists and Trace is probably the only one that can save him. What is he willing to risk for his friend – his freedom, his integrity, his life? This novel really did get my heart racing and I may be a bit of an action novel convert.
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