Before you guys think I’m illiterate and don’t spend enough time reading, I better publish my “Bedside” post. Or else I’ll have a back log of book reviews to publish seeing as I’m already onto another Tony Park novel.
So I didn’t get up to much on site. Some people do the whole going round to their neighbour’s house for dinner whilst others go round having a good time. And yes, I’m referring to that kind of fun. But me? Not interested. I get bored too easily. My friend *P even goes as far to call it BS for boredom syndrome. So my days were just filled with work, swim, eat, repeat. Work, swim, eat, repeat. Sometimes no eat and sometimes attend a braai or party on the weekend. Because of such a mundane routine, I had managed to finish another one of Tony Park’s novels lent to me by my “mother”.
The Delta follows the story of Sonja, a female militant (love it when the female characters kick ass!) who is set up to fail, by a fellow comrade, in the attempt to assassinate the Zimbabwe president.
On the run following the botched plan, she stumbles upon an American celebrity journalist, Sam, in the remote plains of Botswana, who is in town to film his latest survival documentary. Oblivious to who he is, she helps him find his way back to the camp where he is staying with the filming crew which coincidentally is where she used to work, back in her younger and tamer days.
There she meets up with her first love, with whom she wants to rekindle their romance, but finds he’s now with a blonde bimbo who is helping him manage the camp. Meanwhile, Sam is slowly falling for Sonja.
Sent on another mission, which she has to complete or else her daughter will be killed, to blow up the Okavango Dam, Sonja completes the project with the help of Sam and his filming crew. Sonja then sets out to take revenge on Martin for all the grief he has caused her in the past and the present.
The story is captivating from the start and it didn’t take me long to finish it. I particularly liked it because it was set in Botswana, my favourite African country so far. The only confusing thing was the Okavango Dam which Park explains, at the end, was a controversial plan which didn’t come into fruition because of the fragile ecosystem in the Delta. The Angolans, Namibians and Caprivians all claim they own the water but to this day, the water continues to flow into the Delta making it the world’s largest inland delta for all to enjoy.
And to think if the plan did go through, the Delta wouldn’t be in existence now. And I wouldn’t have been able to experience it.
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