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Blood Safari [Kindle Edition]

Deon Meyer , K.L. Seegers
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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Published to rave reviews around the world, Blood Safari is a harrowing new novel from acclaimed writer Deon Meyer. Like the best international mystery and thriller writers, Meyer is an expert storyteller whose wickedly fast narratives reveal the heart of his enthralling country. In Blood Safari, Emma Le Roux, a beautiful young woman, sees her brother named on the Cape Town news as the prime suspect in the killing of four poachers and a witch doctor. But it can’t be possible: he disappeared twenty years ago in Kruger National Park and is believed to be dead. Emma tries to find out more but is attacked and barely escapes. So she hires Lemmer, a personal security expert, and sets out into the Lowveld in search of the truth. A complicated man with a dishonorable past, Lemmer just wants to do his job and avoid getting personally involved. But as they search for answers from the rural police, they encounter racial and political tensions, greed, corruption, and violence unlike anything they have ever known. A chilling novel from a master of suspense, Blood Safari takes the reader beyond the headlines and into the complicated present and dangerous history of South Africa.

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From Publishers Weekly

Simon Vance provides an assortment of authentic-sounding Afrikaans accents (think Scottish with a Germanic edge) for this first-class thriller that manages to include South African history and musings on apartheid and the environment without losing a beat of its feverish pacing. Meyer's novel is essentially one relentless chase across South Africa, with hard-boiled bodyguard Martin Lemmer and his beautiful client, Emma le Roux, on the run from a team of paramilitary killers possibly hired by her brother. For Lemmer, the book's narrator, Vance uses a tough, terse delivery that nails the character as a South African version of Lee Child's Jack Reacher. And he's just as on target in crafting variations of his accent for the rest of the cast. Men, women, white, black, friends and foes, Vance has their vocal number. An Atlantic Monthly hardcover. (Sept.)
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“Meyer, who writes in Afrikaans, is far and away the best crime writer in South Africa. The action is as exciting as any reader of thrillers has a right to demand. The writing is fluent and coherent and full of insight into the problems of South Africa. As Meyer writes, money and poverty and greed do not lie well together. But they make a hell of a thriller.”
      —Matthew Lewin, Guardian (Matthew Lewin Guardian)

“Pulsating and gripping.”
      —The Sunday Times (The Sunday Times)

Blood Safari is my first exposure to the man billed by his publishers as the 'king of South African crime thrillers'. For once the publicity spinners are not guilty of hyperbole—Meyer is simply excellent.”
      — Business Day (Business Day)

“Meyer is a serious writer who richly deserves the international reputation he has built. Blood Safari manages to be both an exciting read and an eye-opening portrait of a nation with problems perhaps even more complex and agonizing than our own.”
      —Washington Post (Washington Post)

“Top-notch.”
      —Kirkus Reviews (Kirkus Reviews)

“The action comes fast and furious . . . a terrific and unusual thriller, the fifth of Meyer’s novels . . . each of which has been better than the last.”
      —Mary Whipple, Seeing the World Through Books (Mary Whipple Seeing the World Through Books)

“A big, sexy novel . . . two compelling characters, Lemmer and Emma le Roux—but there’s another character and that’s contemporary South Africa itself. You’ve got race, reconciliation, resentment, environment, tourism—they’re all propelling this novel along.”
      —The World, NPR (The World, NPR)

“South African bestseller Deon Meyer’s greatest strength lies in his keen ability to create flawed characters clawing their way towards personal redemption . . . Deon Meyer is hot property . . . exotic locales, searing prose, and a protagonist who flies off the pages.”
      — Madison County Herald (Madison County Herald)

“In his signature style, Meyer delivers a stinging critique of contemporary South African society by vivifying the tensions between native Africans, conservationists, and corporate profiteers...the crisp action scenes are never less than thrilling. A solid addition to the prizewinning crime novelist’s growing body of work.”
      — Booklist (Booklist)

“Deon Meyer's novels explore the complex reality of South Africa, a world little known to many of us. At the most obvious level, they are exciting stories of crime, conflict and revenge, but they are more than that: ambitious attempts to show us the pain and greatness of a troubled nation that is still being born.”
      — Miami Herald (Miami Herald)

“[T]his first-class thriller . . . manages to include South African history and musings on apartheid and the environment without losing a beat of its feverish pacing. . . . Vance uses a tough, terse delivery that nails the character as a South African version of Jack Reacher. And he’s just as on target in crafting variations of that accent for the rest of the cast. Men, women, white, black, friends and foes, Vance has their vocal number.”
      —Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)

“Simon Vance builds the tension with tone, pacing, and inflection. Meyer’s forte is character development, in particular the character of Lemmer. Vance reveals a man who slowly brings down his emotional wall as he tells his own story.”
      —AudioFile (AudioFile)

“A perfectly paced reading.”
      —Booklist

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Product Details

  • File Size: 2284 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press (March 24, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002KQ5QCE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MY NEW FAVORITE MYSTERY/THRILLER WRITER August 13, 2009
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To date, I have written 974 reviews for Amazon, several of them for mysteries and thrillers. This is the first book in that category that I have rated a '5'. Usually I like mysteries and thrillers but don't love them. This book is in a category of its own. It is just that damned good. I loved it from beginning to end. I loved the intricacy of the plot, the quips, the characterizations, its literary bent, and the down-home feeling of the dialogue.

Without any spoilers, this novel is about a bodyguard named Lemmer who is hired to protect Emma, a young woman who was recently assaulted in her home. She tells Lemmer that she believes that her brother, long thought dead, is actually alive. She wants to find him but she believes that her assault is the result of her trying to investigate what she knows about her brother on her own. Lemmer does not believe her story. He has some personal beliefs which he calls his 'laws'. "Lemmer's First Law: Don't get involved. It was also one of the primary sources of Lemmer's Second Law: Trust nobody". (p. 12) Emma is also petite and pretty. For Lemmer, that, too, is a strike against her because he believes that cute women lie and manipulate more than average. If you watch the TV show 'House', Lemmer reminds me a lot of 'House'.

Emma and Lemmer travel throughout South Africa and face dangers of all kinds at every call. There is mystery, intrigue, and thrilling action in this book. I have already ordered two other books by this author: Devil's Peak: A Novel and Heart of the Hunter: A Novel. I suspect that I'll be reading all his books and looking forward to new ones coming out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "He who needs to say `I am no racist, but...' is one." September 20, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Deon Meyers just keeps getting better and better with each thriller. Setting his novels in contemporary South Africa, he raises the bar for thrillers by infusing each of his novels with national political tensions--historical, racial, and economic--emphasizing the urban and rural disparities which make the country so complex and so difficult to govern. His "heroes" have traditionally been far from "heroic" in the traditional sense, always people at odds with society, especially in the case of Lemmer, main character (and hired bodyguard) in Blood Safari. Lemmer is guarding Emma le Roux, a wealthy young woman who, after seeing a news story on TV, believes that her brother Jacobus le Roux, thought dead for twenty years, is, in fact alive--a suspect, under a different name, in a series of murders. She has no idea whether her suspicions about her brother are correct, nor does she have any idea what motive might inspire evil-doers to have attacked her.

Always interested in conservation, Jacobus le Roux worked at the Kruger Park, where he disappeared twenty years ago. A man called Jacobus de Villiers is a suspect in the current Kruger Park murders and has also worked at the Moholololo Rehabilitation Center, which nurses ill and wounded vultures, and at a private reserve which tries to keep large areas of the veld free of development for a natural animal habitat.

As Lemmer tries to find out if the Jacobus de Villiers whom Emma saw on TV is, in fact, her brother, they are exposed the life-or-death infighting among the various conservation groups, the sometimes mysterious relationships between conservation police and local law enforcement, and the relationships and conflicts of these groups with developers and local tribes who want a piece of the tourist game-park action.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Deon Meyer is a terrific author with writing skills that should shoot him to the top of the mystery/murder genre. In Blood Safari he has created a likeable bloke, Martin Fitzroy Lemmer, a body guard for hire. Lemmer - only uses this part of his name - is an interesting and fully evolved character by the end of the book. Meyer uses flashback thinking and story telling to bring all of the pasts to the present. And he tells a fascinating story of South Africa through the characters.

It has been a while since I have found an author to follow. Most of my current favorites are going downhill. Meyer writes Africaans through a terrific translator that loses nothing in this story. There are twists and turns a plenty as Lemmer attempts to protect a attractive, white and rich South African on her trek to find her long lost brother. Within the story Meyer weaves some thoughts about how Apartheid has affected the racial climate in South Africa. He also winds the story around the environmental issues that will have to be dealt with. However, I did not feel that that book was "preachy" or I would have downgraded it to a lower star total.

Why a four instead of five stars? Mostly, I don't give out 5 stars to this genre unless the book is off the charts. While it is a very solid read and very entertaining, it wasn't quite enough for me to give it the highest rating possible. The ending was satisfying, but has a little too much artistic license - I grade stories by the amount of artistic license that the author takes. I do recommend this book and author to others that are looking for a new name in the genre; this book is definitely worth it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An excellent read. I love all Deon Meyer books.
Published 29 days ago by Adrienne Brook
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story!
I loved the book. Could not put it down. Mr Meyer keeps you on the edge.
So good to have a South African writing stories about us, our people and our context!
Published 1 month ago by Sandy Stockwell
4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good murder mystery.
Interesting characters, well drawn, and a fascinating look at modern day South Africa away from the big city. A very enjoyable read.
Published 3 months ago by linda cowles
5.0 out of 5 stars A treat of a thriller
Set in South Africa, past and present, this thriller is a delight. It captivates with the well drawn characters. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Chappel
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
Deon Meyer is an absolute master of this genre. I have now read all his books and instead of becoming disillusioned by the similarity of plot and character, I have been engrossed... Read more
Published 7 months ago by SammyV
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved reading about Africa!
Having been to Africa, I enjoyed reading about the location, wildlife and politics of the area. Mystery was good and I will read another in the series.
Published 8 months ago by Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars someone help me out here
I absolutely loved this book, but when I got to the end, I could not remember the significance of the green Renault Megane. Can someone help me out with this? Was this Emma's car?
Published 8 months ago by Kristine J. Fehly
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read but very long winded.
I always enjoy Deon Dreyer but found Blood Safari a bit boring. The book drags on and on with to many pages of non essential information.
Published 9 months ago by TheoP
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a great book
this is a very good book .it will keep the reader interest to see what is going to happen next.
Published 10 months ago by Barbara M. Fritz
3.0 out of 5 stars Trouble in South Africa
Emma Le Roux's brother disappeared twenty years ago and has long been presumed dead. Imagine her surprise, then, when she sees a photo on the television news of a man suspected of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by James L. Thane
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Deon Meyer was born in the South African town of Paarl in the winelands of the Western Cape in 1958, and grew up in Klerksdorp, in the gold mining region of Northwest Province.

After military duty and studying at the Potchefstroom University, he joined Die Volksblad, a daily newspaper in Bloemfontein as a reporter. Since then, he has worked as press liaison, advertising copywriter, creative director, web manager, Internet strategist, and brand consultant.

Deon wrote his first book when he was 14 years old, and bribed and blackmailed his two brothers into reading it. They were not impressed (hey, everybody is a critic ...)


Heeding their wisdom, he did not write fiction again until he was in his early thirties, when he started publishing short stories in South African magazines.

"I still believe that is the best way to learn the craft of writing. Short stories teach you a lot about story structure - and you have limited space to develop character and plot," says Deon.

In 1994 he published his first Afrikaans novel, which has not been translated, "simply because it was not good enough to compete on the international market. However, it was a wonderful learning experience".

All later novels have been translated into 25 languages, including English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, Finnish, Czech, Romanian, Slovakian and Bulgarian.

Deon lives in Melkbosstrand on the South African West Coast with his wife, Anita, and they have four children to keep them busy: Lida, Liam, Johan and Konstanz.

Other than his family, his big passions are motorcycling, music (he is a Mozart fanatic, but loves rock 'n roll too), reading, cooking and rugby (he unconditionally supports the national Springbok team and the Free State Cheetahs provincial team).

The Hodder interview

How did you come to write your first novel?
I sort of worked my way up to a novel by writing short stories for magazines first, to learn the basics of writing fiction. It took about 15 short stories before I attempted the longer form - and it was a steep learning curve.

How do you do your research?
I do as much hands-on research as possible, like spending a week or so with the police detectives in Cape Town, or riding the motorcycle routes (for Heart of the Hunter). Interviews with clever people, like police forensics experts, forensic psychologists and even a sex workers (for Devil's Peak) is next on the list, after which I read as much as possible about the subjects I'm writing about.

Do you still consult on brand strategy?
No, I started writing full time in January 2008, and had to resign from the wonderful privilege of working for BMW Motorcycles as a brand strategist and special projects manager.

Are you married/single?
I am happily married to Anita, without whom not much would have been possible.

What are your thoughts about the state of S.A. today?
I'm not sure that a short answer will do justice to such an intriguing and complicated country, but let me try: I am extremely positive about South Africa. Despite huge challenges, such as poverty, aids, and crime, we've come a long way since 1994.

The economy is growing at a rapid rate, Black Economic Empowerment is paying big dividends through the creation of an emerging black middle class, the new government, although sometimes struggling at local level, is learning and improving every day, and crime rates are going down.

Having said that, we still have a long way to go.

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