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Freddy moved his father's business from central London to the offices on the tenth floor, where it now works with other large and successful businesses in London. This happened after his father died in an accident. Ten years before then, Freddy's father brought him into the company, where he worked from bottom to top. As his father and grandfather had both passed, he discovered an envelope with papers suggesting that his grandfather owned a hotel in South Africa. He was very surprised as to why this property had been kept a secret. So he set out on a journey to South Africa to find out more about this property that his grandfather owned and to surprise his mother and uncle, who had been living in SA for a while. When he gets there, he learns that his mother has supposedly gone back to the UK, and no one knows the whereabouts of his uncle. Finding a companion in a lady (Jenny) who works at the hotel, he is determined to find all the missing pieces of the puzzle. Along the way, he makes friends in Africa out of necessity—friends who will be indispensable. What happened to Freddy's mother and uncle in South Africa? Why did his grandfather keep the hotel in South Africa a secret?
Taken In Africa by Nick ffrench has a well-developed and well-thought-out plot. Sincerely, the plot went in a direction that I wasn't expecting. Judging from the way the book started, I thought it was going to be mostly a flashback into the life of Freddy as he was growing up, exposing the life of his father and why he prefers his grandfather. There were a few flashbacks quite alright, but the author quickly moved to a more action-filled narrative, which I am quite happy with.
This book was written in a narrative style. When the book started, there was a bit of a backstory about the characters, and the story became progressive afterward. The book is fast-paced, too. Just four pages in, and I've known what Freddy did last night, the kind of person he is, his work attitude, the past two generations of his family, etc.
I love the way the author built suspense in this book. From the start, I got a hint that Freddy's father was a bad man. But the author didn't say outright why he was a bad person. Instead, he kept giving hints and building suspense around what he could have done. I was so curious and didn't know what to expect. The author got me to the best place a reader would love to be.
This book is full of statistics about human, drug, and sex trafficking. It also touched on bribery, corruption, etc., in South Africa, Mozambique, and Swaziland. Not only that, but the author wrote it from an opposing viewpoint. He seems appalled by them and angry that no one is doing anything about them. I also love the way the author explained polygamy through the character of Jenny. It was both informative and entertaining.
I disliked only one thing in this book. Freddy and Jenny's relationship seemed a bit cheezy. I understand that it was love at first sight, but they didn't even take time before professing their feelings for each other. Some other readers may find the romance okay, but it all looks fake to me. However, this negative aspect is minor and is not enough for me to remove a star from the rating. Hence, I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars.
This book felt like a good action movie. As I read the book, everything was playing in my head. I will recommend it to readers who enjoy mystery and thriller stories. While reading the book, I encountered a few errors. This shows that it was professionally edited.
Taken In Africa
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