The African Equation

The African Equation

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"Kurt Krausmann's settled existence as a Frankfurt doctor is torn apart when his wife commits suicide. Unable to make sense of what happened, he agrees to join his friend Hans on a humanitarian mission to the Comoros. But as they sail through the Gulf of Aden their boat is boarded by pirates. The two men are taken hostage and imprisoned in a cave on the East African coast. Their ordeal is just beginning: the hostile kidnappers and environment will test their endurance to the limit. Through all of the this, even as he focuses on survival and escape, what can Kurt learn about his captors, the land he's been brought to and, more importantly, himself?"--Front book flap.
Publisher: London : Gallic Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781908313706
1908313706
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Curtis, Howard 1949-
Call Number: KHADRA, Y

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John_M
Jun 29, 2016

About half of this book kept me deeply interested. The rest I found shallow and pedantic. The author could capture personal emotions and action very well. I recommend this book if you are interested in learning a bit about Africa, enjoy the action that comes with kidnapping and the lives of hostages.

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fjvalentin
Jul 24, 2015

I'm glad I didn't give up on it. After the main character had been captured by pirates, there began a long section depicting grinding conditions, brutal abuse by captors, and a feeling of futility. Fortunately I stayed with the book, and it developed into a depiction of Africa that few of us could ever conceive. I recommend it.

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