Inspired by his train travels aboard the Mombasa-Nairobi Express, Boyles, senior editor of Men's Life and author of African Lives ( LJ 9/1/88), unravels some of the mystique of East Africa with a blend of historical fact, personal anecdote, and droll humor. One intended stop along the way is the Man Eaters Motel near Tsavo which, save for its dining room, turns out to be nonexistent. However, situated on a stretch of land where man-eating lions once roamed, it sets the stage for a gruesome yet fascinating account of the man-eaters which stalked Indian laborers while they built the East African railroad. For even the most stalwart armchair traveler, this may be rough going due to the bleak impressions given by references to the hot climate, animal poaching, and oppression of East African peoples. However, this might be just the thing for someone content to simply read about East Africa.-- Elizabeth DeMarco, Onondaga Cty. P.L., N.Y.