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  • Posted October 9, 2010

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    An exciting trademark Elmore Leonard thriller

    Following their award winning Katrina film, documenter Dara Barr and her top assistant septuagenarian Xavier LeBo travel to Djibouti on their next project; filming the pirates looting international vessels in the Indian Ocean off The Horn of Africa. Their greeting upon arrival at the city located on the southern point of the Red Sea is unfriendly as several foreigners claim CEO status over the piracy and want no films.

    They meet a horde of outcasts who belong in a movie like Casablanca. There is the diplomat partnering with a charming popular pirate; both demand a kickback or else. Terrorists like al-Qaeda in Miami Jama provide the filmmakers with a choice between cash and bombings. Finally they encounter eccentric Billy the Texan and his maybe fiancée Helene sailing the world, but he wants to see the pirates in action on the High Seas. All this occurs even before the pair sail on the Indian Ocean to film the piracy.

    This exciting trademark Elmore Leonard thriller takes time to gel, but once it does, Djibuti is the usual super skewering of everyone; especially know it all Westerners who reject being a major part of the cause while feeling outraged when the cash crop is piracy. Readers except the xenophobic who omit the latter part of Carl Schurz's famous full quote "my country right ." will appreciate Mr. Leonard's entertaining take no prisoners take on the Somalia pirates.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Dutch goes to the Horn of Africa

    Not exactly vintage Leonard, and takes a while to get the players straight, but once this book settles into its groove, you can't put it down! Very prescient in a lot of ways about how crime & terrorism intersect. Great language and characters. Loved it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    Great and fairly literate escapist reading

    This is an airplane book with class and well worth the investment. In fact I was so intrigued I finished it before I got on the plane. A departure from Leonard's usual milieu but he seems to do a good job capturing the atmosphere and taking his traditional types of characters to it. On an e-reader a little hard to follow (to flip back and figure out who is who), but it has nice twists and holds attention to the end.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    Easy to read

    Easy to read near the pool between dipping in the water or for that airplance ride. Easy to pick up where you left off and has a surprise ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2011

    Way too long.

    This book was dissapointing. It took too long to get to the point.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    Leonard is a treasure

    Really, this guy is great. He's 85 and still writes better than 95% of the writers out there a third his age.

    Leonard's books are odd in a way. People meander through them and things happen not because some master plan has been hatched, but because things just happen.

    Djibouti is about the Somali pirates, and reading it was an education in that mess. It's also about a woman filming a documentary and a terrorist. They all swirl together and things happen and it's interesting and exciting, but it's never epic in scale. It feels like real life playing out.

    I hope Leonard is still publishing at 100.

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