I read the book while on a camping trip, so I had little to distract me from the story and I'm glad. The book is fast-paced and there's a trans-continental chase that ends in Africa. This is where the author excels. Her knowledge of the culture and conflicts is exemplary. She is unflinching in her descriptions when it comes to violence and those who inflict it, but she buffers the horror of guerrilla warfare with her love of the people and the land.