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Gifts & Deals
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Mar 06, 2012
| ISBN 9780307456168
Jul 27, 2010
| ISBN 9780385533621
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Mar 06, 2012 | ISBN 9780307456168
Jul 27, 2010 | ISBN 9780385533621
Kenya, 1961. When Natalie Nelson’s plane lands at a remote airstrip in the Serengeti, she knows she’s run just about as far as she can from home. Trained as an archeologist, she accepted an invitation to join a famous excavating team in order to escape England and the painful memories of her past. But before she can get her bearings, the dig is surrounded by controversy involving the local Maasai people, and Natalie is swept up in a passionate affair that threatens to spark even more violence and turmoil. The startling beauty of Africa, the tension of looming social upheaval, and the dizzying highs of a doomed love affair are all captured brilliantly in this extraordinary and utterly unforgettable novel.
An exotic setting and a passionate, forbidden affair make The Clouds Beneath the Sun an irresistible page-turner that is sure to satisfy readers looking for an intelligent blend of history, romance, and intrigue. Mackenzie Ford (a nom de plume) was introduced to readers in 2009 with the publication of Gifts of War, which was praised in USA Today as “an absorbing, morally complex read.” In a starred review, Library Journal said, “Ford keeps the reader on a knife’s edge as the lies build and the truth is only a word or misstep away. Highly recommended.” Now Ford takes us to Kenya in 1961. As a small plane carrying Natalie Nelson lands at a remote airstrip in the Serengeti, Natalie knows she’s run just about as far as she can from home. Trained as an archeologist, she accepted an invitation to be included in a famous excavating team, her first opportunity to escape England and the painful memories of her past. But before she can get her bearings, the dig is surrounded by controversy involving the local Masai people—and murder. Compounding the tension, Eleanor Deacon, friend of the Masai, who is leading the excavating mission, watches a rift grow between her two handsome sons. Natalie’s growing attraction to Jack Deacon soon becomes a passionate affair that turns dangerous when she must give evidence in a trial that could spark even more violence and turmoil. The startling beauty of the Kenyan setting, the tension of looming social upheaval, and the dizzying highs and crushing lows of a doomed love affair are all captured brilliantly on every page of this extraordinary and utterly unforgettable novel.
MACKENZIE FORD, author of Gifts of War and The Clouds Beneath the Sun, is the nom de plume of Peter Watson, a well-known and respected historian whose books are published in twenty languages. He was educated at the Universities of… More about Mackenzie Ford
“[A] romantic thriller. . . . Ford makes fine work of the tensions surrounding Kenya’s independence.” —The New Yorker “Ford has a talent for storytelling…. One of [the year’s] best novels.” —San Antonio Express-News “A fascinating, morally ambiguous novel.” —Library Journal “Skillfully blends historical facts, mystery and romance to create a novel that is both interesting and intellectual…. Fast-paced and full of rich characters.” —The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) “If you like your romance and intrigue with a dash of history and academia, this novel is the book for you” —Booklist “Gorgeous. . . . A good old-fashioned love story.” —The Naples Daily News
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