by Gregory K. Morris
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Zon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I first picked up this novel. By the time I got to the second chapter, I realized that it was a rare find; a diamond in the ruff. Zon, trying to escape the teasing of his college buddies who discover that he is a virgin, decides to join the Peace Corps and volunteer in Africa as a missionary for a year. On his way to his designation, his plane is hijacked by a couple of mercenaries heavily involved in arms trading. Everyone on board is killed except for Zon, who is shot and plummets from the plane. Lying mangled among the trees, he is bitten by a venomous snake and loses consciousness. Three women find him and two of them help him back to their village in Benin while the third sets off to find herself. Zon is left alone for more than a year by the villagers who only give him food scraps. His only friends become the birds that continuously soar over his head. Miraculously, Zon manages to climb a hill and reach the village on the other side. However, that is not the only miracle because Zon has discovered his 'bolo.' Zon can control things with his mind and has developed a physique more commanding than the one he possessed before he was harmed. Idrisi, a villager, teaches Zon how to control his 'bolo' and Zon remains there for a while longer before heading back to the states. He returns home on a mission to right wrongs and does just that. He prevents a man, accused of raping a white woman who was really his mistress, from being lynched. He retaliates against an evil military officer that orders the mass murder of 4,000 Haitians on a flotilla. These are just a couple of the imaginative scenarios that occur in the novel. In addition, Zon meets the beatuiful Xia, a psychiatrist. He can not allow himself to become emotionally involved because he fills that his mission to save mankind is more important. Despite his determination to do the opposite, Zon does fall in love with Xia and is tormented by his decision to remain celibate. All I can say it what an imagination. I take that back. I can also say what a literary mind because this books is just that: literary. I look forward to reading other works by Mr. Morris and I highly recommend this one.