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- EARTH LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL SAID: "Entertaining while still educating -- we love it!"
- "Atone for the Ivory Cloud is a great read if you are passionate about wildlife preservation and know something about cybercrime. Then you will find it entertaining and educational, with some truly beautiful and lyrical language woven into the action-packed plot." "music is woven beautifully into the narrative. Allison is an interesting, strong character, and is easy to root for." Dan's Papers, July 14, 2017.
- "Atone for the Ivory Cloud is a compelling, fast-paced thriller with an exotic international flavor. Geoffrey Wells takes the reader on an enthralling ride, skillfully entwining cybercrime, music, and the fate of African elephants in a breathtaking tale of danger and romance." -Pamela Burford, best-selling author of Undertaking Irene.
- "With all the skill required to compose an intricate symphony, Geoffrey Wells weaves together a story of the dark world of cybercrime, the creativity of musical composition, the horrors of greed on an international scale, and the most complex subject of all: the human heart." -Stephanie Parent, author of the Neima's Ark Series.
- "Geoffrey Wells has written a book that's much more than a simple thriller, using technology and music as motifs to explore themes of freedom and privacy, conservation, inter-cultural relations, and personal growth. The book is timely in many ways, and touches on a number of current issues and recent events." -Andrew Diamond, author of Impala. (Kirkus starred review, Sept 2016)
- "I really liked the characters, they were well developed and I really liked their personalities."
- "...loaded with insane plot twists..." "Nothing else can surprise me now. But it does, and it's great."
- "I thoroughly enjoyed ATONE. It kept me engrossed the entire book. I learned a lot, and the suspense was palpable."
- "...will have you holding your breath and guessing to the last page."
- "...I "felt" the music in the final chapters as the language became noticeably more lyrical."
- "Some of the scenes were so vividly described, I thought I was there..." "Atone for the Ivory Cloud happens to be a fantastic book..." Fran Lewis - Book Talk Radio (5 star review on amazon)
From the Author
- ASIN : B01MR321PO
- Publisher : Ice Wine Productions, Inc.; 1st edition (March 1, 2017)
- Publication date : March 1, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1602 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 282 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,760,574 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Wells combines a deep understanding of computer code and language and an appreciation of music that drives key elements of the plot. The characters are well-developed and I was able to easily identify with them. He creates a complex, rich mosaic that captures your imagination through many tense moments and surprise twists in the story.
I highly recommend this riveting novel. It has all the key ingredients readers appreciate: romance, action, intrigue, adventure and redemption. You won’t be disappointed! Join the many readers who have enjoyed this novel!
The main characters, Allison and Sipho, are drawn into a nightmare of events by becoming enmeshed by their past lives and “forced” by the CIA to go undercover to entrap an international money laundering ring and that is also involved in the illegal ivory trade.
This is an action packed story with an exotic African setting. We go from New York to the street markets of Dar el Salaam, Zanzibar and Mombasa. We go into the bush to witness the slaughter of elephants that are ignominiously detusked with machetes. The ivory of course is heading to Vietnam and China.
Just when you think you know what's going to happen next you get thrown a curveball. That makes this an exciting read, but is also a weakness -- in my mind -- because it may require a reader to suspend too much disbelief. For instance, the revenge of an African elephant against a villain who threatens Allison, makes for a good visual but I found a little hard to swallow.
I'm a bit of a geek, so I enjoyed some of the tech intrigues and cyber lingo, but my interest in Allison’s encrypted electro-network music composition (I made up that moniker) was never slaked. Wells either did a lot of research or he is suspiciously involved in the life of cybercrime. Anytime the narrative dealt with encryption, coding and bitcoin blockchains, I felt like a witness at a crime scene.
Music is something that Wells interlaces in the narrative and I wish that in a future work he finds a way develop that concept more. Not easy. But I “felt” the music in the final chapters as the language became noticeably more lyrical.
I enjoyed this book. It mixes classic themes of love, greed and revenge in a world where technology influences so many of our daily activities. The interplay of these elements adds another level of dramatic tension.
Read this book. You’ll find it challenging and interesting.
The computer explanations, while fascinating, were at times a bit difficult to follow. However, the story is fast paced and full of intrigue. I was again reminded of how cultural differences and economic situations manifest themselves in people's respect for both animal and human life.