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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.
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.
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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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!
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
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!!
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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