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Zanzibar

Zanzibar The year is Nick a marine biologist is working on coral reef protection off the idyllic island of Zanzibar While on a trip to nearby Tanzania he meets Miranda who works in the US embassy ther

  • Title: Zanzibar
  • Author: Giles Foden
  • ISBN: 9780571205172
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • The year is 1998 Nick, a marine biologist, is working on coral reef protection off the idyllic island of Zanzibar While on a trip to nearby Tanzania, he meets Miranda, who works in the US embassy there They could be forgiven for thinking they are living in paradise until they find themselves embroiled in a desperate terrorist conspiracy.Giles Foden s gripping third noThe year is 1998 Nick, a marine biologist, is working on coral reef protection off the idyllic island of Zanzibar While on a trip to nearby Tanzania, he meets Miranda, who works in the US embassy there They could be forgiven for thinking they are living in paradise until they find themselves embroiled in a desperate terrorist conspiracy.Giles Foden s gripping third novel draws on recent history to create a contemporary thriller of dazzling virtuosity.Also available on Faber Penguin Audiobooks.

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    1. Interesting setting for those interested in Africa but where were the African characters? All of the weight of this story is at the front end. The action when it comes is not so detailed and i found it unsatisfying. Then everybody goes back to their day jobs.

    2. Zanzibar is crime thriller set in 1998. Marine biologist Nick Karolides is working on a coral reef around the island called Zanzibar. One day Nick Karolides went to Tanzania, and while he was there, he meets Miranda. Nick and Miranda did not realise that there accidental meeting will affect their lives so much. The Readers of Zanzibar will follow Nich and Miranda to see what happens.Zanzibar is the first book I have read by Giles Foden. I did enjoy reading Zanzibar. However, I found Zanzibar at [...]

    3. I really enjoyed this book- it was engaging and really well written. I would definitely recommend it to a certain set of other people in my circles. I found it particularly amusing to read about the lax security at the Zanzibar airport, as I was sitting in that airport reading that book.

    4. A bit slow in the beginning and I feel the author can be a bit to longwinded sometimes in his descriptions, but it's a very interesting book and a great way to learn some historical facts. I feel for the characters and the situations they were in, but the ending seemed a bit rushed, especially compared to how slow the beginning was. All in all a good read and the story sort of sticks with you, despite the negatives mentioned, so as a whole I would recommend it.

    5. It took quite a while to get to the point of the story. There was a lot about the non essential parts of the story. Some very good descriptive writing (if that is what it's to be called) but much of it didn't add to the storyline. It's as if it was written to fill up page space.

    6. Die UrsprüngeNick Karolides kommt für eine amerikanische Organisation nach Sansibar. Dort soll die Natur erforschen. Alles auf der Insel ist doch anders als in den USA, das Essen, die Menschen, die Wohngelegenheiten. Fast schon froh ist Nick, den Engländer Leggit kennenzulernen. Dieser erzählt ihm von einer kleinen sehr idyllischen Insel, welche Nick dann auch aufsucht und auf der er große Entspannung finden. Als er auf dem Festland seine Taucherausrüstung abholt, lernt er die hübsche Ang [...]

    7. intrigerend boek, waarin bioloog Nick Carolides naar Zanzibar gaat om onderzoek te doen naar koraal, naar zeeschildpadden en dat ook te beschermen. In zelfde periode wordt Miranda Powers een ambitieuze jonge vrouw in opleiding voor secret services, uitgezonden naar de ambassade in Dar es Salaam. Derde verhaallijn is Khaled, geboren op Pemba, eilandje vlak bij Zanzibar. Nadat zijn ouders bruut vermoord zijn heeft hij zich tot de islam gewend en is in een opleidingskamp van Al Quiada terecht gekom [...]

    8. My enjoyment of this novel was impaired by the author's insistent use of sloppy and incompetent writing. Some of the problems are linguistic. On page 20 we have the sentence “It was the day after his twenty-first birthday.” This comes in the middle of a scene and turns out to be Nick remembering back, yet it's in the same tense as the rest of the scene. Other problems are with the mechanics of the story. Page 39. Nick's arrived at the hotel and the electricity is off so he sits down and watc [...]

    9. I purchased this book in Dar-es-Salaam, where part of this story takes place. It is a fictional depiction of the events surrounding the 1998 Tanzanian American Embassy bombing told through the eyes of four main characters: an male American scientist working in Zanzibar; a female American staffer working at the embassy; a counter-terrorism specialist; and a fictional Zanzibari man who gets caught up in setting off the bombs at the embassy. The story concentrates on the first two characters. The b [...]

    10. This book was definitely out of my normal realm of books. I received it as a Christmas present because I spent a semester in Zanzibar in college. I generally enjoyed it, as the story was quite compelling and the mystery-type component was interesting. But I felt like the characters were rather flat, which sort of frustrated me. And I kept getting pulled out of the book when reading words like "colour" and "tinned beans" coming from the perspective of Americans (i.e. out-of-place British-isms). O [...]

    11. Very perspicacious novel, written circa 2000, in the years leading up to 11/9.The story is very much tied in with contemporary events and Queller, one of the main characters, helped Bin Laden get started in the days when the former was a CIA honcho and the latter an angry young man on jihad.This book delves into the roots of the current conflict between the west and Islamic terrorists but it illustrates perfectly why thosae two planes smashed into the WTO.The attacks didn't come from nowhere.

    12. Having been a huge fan of the movie adaptation of Foden's best known novel, The Last King of Scotland, I really wanted to like this book more. The premise was strong, but the characters, plot, and scenarios weak. If I did manage to feel any empathy with the main characters, it was often spoiled by poorly linked scenes- it almost felt a little forced. That said, Foden writes more gripping, convincing Africa related fiction than almost any other author- so I shall continue to devour his books!

    13. This is an espionage novel, and it's not actually too bad. It's contemporary, and deals with US Intelligence and Al-Qaida. Interestingly, it is not a black and white portrait of good vs. evil. This may be in part because the author is British.

    14. I can see how this would have made an impact at the time of release but all the Bin Laden background stuff is a bit of a bore now. I am not a big thriller reader and this is not gong to convert me.

    15. Interesting subject matter (the 1998 American embassy bombing in East Africa)but the story didn't really come together or gel until the last few chapters.

    16. Giles Foden writes an interesting thriller about Africa, Al Queda and Osama Bin Laden set in 1998 prior to the acts that make them world famous.

    17. First rate plot & great descriptive writing. Puts you the reader into each exotic location - you can almost feel the wind on your face & the spray from the sea.

    18. Mildly entertaining, but very poorly written. One of the first to foresee Muslim extremism on a grand scale.

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