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Tense, gripping, and astonishing -- there are hardly words to describe Marcus Stevens' debut novel, in which a New York businessman, Lewis Burke, struggles to escape the jungles of the Congo following the emergency landing of the jetliner that was taking him home from Paris.
Opening as the plane encounters trouble and the crew scrambles to land the plane on a remote Congolese runway, the passengers soon realize that the local soldiers who quickly board the aircraft are not the hoped-for rescuers, but rebels taking them hostage. When it appears that the rebels plan to destroy the stranded plane along with the remaining passengers, Lewis makes a run for it and flees into the nearby jungle.
Finding himself in a mosquito-infested, densely foliated landscape in the searing heat, Lewis struggles to survive; and the tasks he took for granted in the Western world -- quenching his thirst and obtaining food -- are no longer simple demands easily met. But while Lewis hides from dangerous animals and resorts to drinking contaminated water, his estranged but hopeful wife, Helen, travels to Africa with their blind son, determined to find him and bring him home. As both Lewis and Helen draw nearer, they reflect on the life they've shared and explore the circumstances that have threatened their marriage.
Readers will find themselves, as we did, casting the movie for this dramatically told story that has already been optioned by the producers of Fargo, Dead Man Walking, and Elizabeth. But don't wait for the film. Treat yourself to this incredible story now. (Spring 2002 Selection)