The American Mission

The American Mission

Book - 2015
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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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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.

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.

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

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