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Dust Devils by Roger Smith

Dust Devils

by Roger Smith

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This is definitely a compelling, action-oriented read; a fair number of explosions, lots of shooting, and some racial melodrama to go with it all. In the end, the nihilistic ending was also probably the only solution; no real redemption is possible. That said, some of the characters felt more like caricatures, even recognizing the seemingly legitimate takedown of South African president Jacob Zuma for what it is. ( )
  TTAISI-Editor | Dec 24, 2012 |
DUST DEVILS is one of those hard to put down books once you get started. It gives one an over view of what life is like in South Africa with one portion of the country stepping into the 21st century and part of the country still living by the rules and standards set in the times of tribal rule throughout Africa. I found this clash of belief systems to be interesting and fascinating. It shows that the hatreds created by the British rule continue to simmer just beneath the surface and at times break through in times of crisis.

The conflict is seen through the eyes of a young teen girl, a man who has lost his family and who has been charged with their murder, his father who, as a mercenary fought against the Zulus, a police officer who goes back home to face up to what he left behind when he moved to the big city, and a Zulu headman who, through his actions have drawn all of the characters together. Mr. Smith does an excellent job of bringing all of the stories together to give us a view of the troubles that are present in South Africa.

It is not a murder mystery, but a murder investigation that draws all of these various people together. In bringing them together Smith gives us a view of other problems in modern day South Africa. AIDS pops up in the story, along with the poverty that many of the people live in sub-Saharan Africa. Hopefully as one reads the book they will not overlook these details that are in the background of the story. I believe that is where the true story lies. I look forward to finding other books by Mr. Smith and to put him on my must read list. An excellent job and a fantastic story. ( )
  qstewart | Aug 17, 2011 |
DUST DEVILS by Roger Smith is an exciting South African crime thriller set in present day Cape Town,South Africa. It is well written with depth and details. The characters are believable,engaging and will capture your heart. It has corruption,revenge,redemption,arranged marriage,conspiracy,AIDS,South Africa,
violence, lawlessness,political and civil corruption and murder. This is a fast paced,heart pumping thriller where the characters are engaged in political and civil corruption and where young teenager is sold by her family,because she is a virgin.She is to be the fouth wife of a corrupt,evil,killer who thinks he can save himself with a virgin wife. This is an engaging story that will have you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last page. It brings a father and son together after the son has lost his family to a diabolical plan.It gives you insight into the violence in South Africa and the lives these people must deal with on a day to day basis,while their corrupt leaders turns the other way. "Dust Devils" is a must read for all crime,suspense,
and thriller readers. This book was received for the purpose of review from Library Thing and the author.Details can be found at the author's website and My Book Addiction Reviews. ( )
  tarenn | Aug 12, 2011 |
This is a disturbing book. Smith gives us a peek into the minds of truly evil people.I don't know that Smith is the best writer in the world but I do know that he is authentic and getting better with each book. Dust Devils takes place in South Africa far from Johannesburg and can best be described as a thriller. The action is relentless and the insight into the people that make up this world, chilling. I strongly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from Roger Smith ( )
  norinrad10 | Jul 21, 2011 |
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On the run after being framed for murdering his family, South African journalist Robert Dell's only ally is his oldest enemy: his father.

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