"Reads like an amalgam of Evelyn Waugh and Joseph Conrad. The truth is stranger than any fiction, and the pleasure of this book lies in its unbelievable veracity."
—The New York Times Book Review
“Brisk [and] deliciously entertaining. . . . Foden plays up the peculiar details and eccentric personalities of his story.”
"Satisfying. . . . Fast-paced. . . . Filled with fascinating characters."
—The Seattle Times
"[An] enjoyable book. . . . The real story is . . . more fascinating than the movie [The African Queen]."—The Washington Post
"Filled with oddball characters and events that . . . just could not be made up. . . . An amazing tale." —Santa Fe New Mexican