Blood and Mystery on The Serengeti
With its varied ecology and appealing culture, Africa is an intriguing continent; especially when it comes to safari, the Serengeti, home to majestic animals, comes to mind. In Chris Bohjalian's thriller "The Lioness," a journey to the Serengeti takes a violent turn. Rich Americans can expect a civilized adventure, but that means fresh ice from the kerosene-powered ice machine, prepared gazelle dinners, and lots of stories to tell at lunch on Rodeo Drive.It's tough to put down this brilliantly written story about Africa's landscape and risks. The Lioness, a fascinating novel published by White Rain Book House, has been meticulously compiled for you, our beloved readers.
Katie Barstow made her Broadway debut at the age of 12 after being born to Broadway music producers Roman and Glenda Stepanov. Critics passed out, but she just wanted to get away from her terrible parents. She changed her last name to Barstow as an adult and left the family company to become a cinematic star in Hollywood, keeping her at least three time zones away from them. Katie Barstow, a movie star, believes she is accomplishing something special and is overjoyed.She intends to spend her honeymoon not only with her new husband, pleasure and art gallery owner David Hill, but also with a slew of celebrity acquaintances. His brother and wife, another actress and an actor, as well as his PR and manager, make up their party of nine.
Crossing the Mara River in Tanzania in 1964, they are greeted by herds of zebras scouring the sandy plains.Katie's gorgeous visitors would spend their days at the camp snapping photos and enjoying icy gin and tonics in the evenings, including Katie's best friend Carmen Tedesco and famed Black actor Terrance Dutton, who co-starred with Katie in the extremely controversial Tender Madness. They spend the day in the Serengeti, hoping to see grazing giraffes and galloping gazelles as they guide the warm water for their local Tanzanian baths, then return to camp in the evenings for a chilled gin and tonic by 16 recruited members of a "group of 17 Kenyan and Tanzanian pals."Barstow does not want any publicity for this expedition, and because it is 1964, he gets what he wants because there is no media, no studio hacks. The group will photograph itself while playing and relaxing. Unfortunately for our jolly band of adventurers, the Russian mercenaries have other ideas for their time in the Serengeti and Africa. As time passes, the soaked tent floor comes to resemble a nice recollection.When these Russian mercenaries arrive, they capture a portion of the party rather than the entire group, creating a scene of death and mayhem. Some members' journeys are longer and more painful than others. A few people find a new power. Many people's self-doubts will be confirmed because they are as weak as they feared.
What Katie Barstow and the sparkling recruits don't expect is a botched kidnapping, their guides drenched in mud and blood, and a band of Russian mercenaries with guns to their heads driving their victims towards the Land Rover. As the sun sets, gunmen jam them into abandoned huts, and Hollywood royalty Katie Barstow prays for one simple thing: for the sun to rise again.The Lioness, a riveting tale of fame, race, love, and death set in a world on the verge of momentous change, is a living masterpiece from one of our best storytellers. Their life tales are so brilliantly intertwined via brutal, often shocking twists and turns that it's impossible not to worry how they will continue depending on the situation. If you're curious, you can encounter this impressive literature at the White Rain Book House.