The American Mission

The American Mission

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One of NPR's Best Books of 2014!

After witnessing a devastating incident in Darfur, Alex Baines is stripped of his security clearance and relegated to a desk job. He's about to resign when his former mentor-now the current Ambassador to the Congo-offers him an opportunity to start over.

But the post isn't what Alex imagined. The US company Consolidated Mining seems to be everywhere. When a hostage situation involving a survey team arises, Alex is sent in, finding himself in the middle of the conflict with a guerilla leader and Marie Tsiolo, a native geologist on the team.

As violence escalates in the region, Alex struggles to balance the interests of the U.S. with the greater good of the people of the Congo-and somehow stay alive.
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada 2015
ISBN: 9780425275382
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2015

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AlmadenAFS
Sep 10, 2017

A good read for a very little know subject matter. Ending was known almost from the beginning but Palmer makes this enjoyable.

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CuriosityCounts
Nov 19, 2016

Outlines the struggles of the African continent quite accurately.

akasq Sep 29, 2014

This is MATTHEW PALMER first
novel ,WOW what a start!
With a full knowledge of the subject,
woven with great storytelling, makes
it all the more enjoyable.
5 STARS .

ChristchurchLib Aug 10, 2014

"Inspired by the author's years with the U.S. Foreign Service, this debut follows a State Department diplomat who loses his security clearance over a massacre in Darfur. But an opportunity in the Congo might turn things around for him -- at least until he discovers that shady Consolidated Mining wants to destroy part of the area in search of profits, and isn't going to let a tiny village stop them. "First-rate fiction," says Kirkus Reviews, thanks in part to author Matthew Palmer's firm grasp of Congolese issues and the intricacies of political diplomacy. Palmer's name may ring a bell; though The American Mission is his debut, both his brother Daniel and his late father Michael are well-known thriller writers." Thrillers and Suspense August 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/a29ef1be-0034-4294-98de-a41bf6022587?postId=b18f1914-360e-4962-9b7b-d06eb6c6fe57

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