The text is interesting and informative, sometimes over the top
Mr. Mangan really gets into a character’s mind and when he tells the story through their lens he lends them credibility and authenticity.
It is terrifying to think that there are some incompetent nincompoops, or simply uncaring bureaucrats, in charge of programs meant to help millions of people costing billions of dollars.
The narrative is fast and bloody, the story is fascinating and complex with many sub plots to keep track of. The characters, both real and fictional, are well written and dimensional.
Karen Blixen (17 April, 1883 – 7 September, 1962) was a Danish author who wrote under the name Isak Dinesen.
Amanda Brown, a young missionary from South Carolina, travels to the Belgian Congo in 1958 in order to oversee a missionary guest house in the town of Belle Vue. Belle Vue is a diamond mining town in which the race by the Belgian occupiers to get as many riches as they can before the forces of independence takes over is a major concern.
Jane has been taken by Germans soldiers and Tarzan is frantically looking for her. The fact that they are English and World War I is raging doesn’t help. Tarzan stumbles upon Pal-ul-don (Land of Men) filled with strange humans and prehistoric animals.
During World War I, while John Clayton, Lord Greystoke (Tarzan) is away from his plantation it is destroyed by invading German troops. When he returns to the plantation (in British East Africa), Tarzan discovers many bodies one of whom belongs to his wife.
In The Son of Tarzan, the King of the Jungle discovered Opar, a legendary lost city which is the source of gold. Needing finances, Tarzan returns to enrich himself from their stockpiles. But Tarzan isn’t the only greedy human in the jungle, Albert Werper, a Belgian army officer is also there, secretly following Tarzan.
Even though Nikolas Rokoff, Tarzan’s enemy from previous books, died, his henchman Alexis Paulvitch is very much alive and wants to even the score. Rokoff lures the son of Tarzan & Jane, Jack, away from London but the resourceful young man escapes with the help of Akut the ape.