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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Amie Savage Safari by Lucinda E. Clarke is the latest in a series of books that opened with an ordinary English housewife relocating to Africa to further her husband’s career. Upon his death, Her Majesty’s government forcibly recruited Amie as a spy, leaving her family to attend her “funeral”. Years and adventures have passed, and Amie is pregnant and planning marriage to Simon, who mysteriously vanishes. Furious, Amie throws herself into her job at the British Embassy in Togodo where her friend, Ben, is now president. When he proposes a safari for representatives of the six nations competing for mining rights, Amie is tasked with organization and a watching brief. What could possibly go wrong for the world’s most reluctant and incompetent spy?
Lucinda E. Clarke has written a thriller that makes her previous bestsellers look tame! Well-grounded, it can be read as a standalone, and Amie’s trials in her beloved bush are vivid, but Simon’s “fitness training” in Wales proves… dangerous. Ben has made an unfortunate marriage to social climbing Matilda and lives in a mock palace of Versailles, but can he survive the power of his African roots? Savage Safari is more than a thriller; it’s an intriguing and believable peep behind the scenes of politics. Stir together six world powers, each determined to undermine or kill the opposition, and the mixture is pure dynamite with Amie in the path of the explosion. Amie Savage Safari looks set to launch Lucinda E. Clarke as a contender for top honors beside Tony Park, Peter Rimmer and Wilbur Smith.