"Congo Dawn" by Jeanette Windle follows Robin, a former marine and present day translator/mercenary for hire who travels to the Congo with a British Billionaire to ensure that he can make money off of his molybdonite mine. He is using forced labor including children. Apparently, in Africa if you have a gun and enough money you can do what you want wherever you want. The government doesn't care as long as you line their pockets as well. Upon arrival in Africa, she meets up with a former friend. The relationship with Michael, a doctor with Doctors without Borders, had ended badly 5 years ago and now you can cut the sexual tension with a knife. Robin also realizes that nothing is as it seems, that she isn't on the "right side", and that God is watching.
This is a hard to read book. The words aren't that hard, but it isn't a book you can read while watching TV and with kids yelling in the house. It also isn't a happy, pass the time, type either. This is a serious book about a serious situation. It was hard for me to get into and I really didn't want to. It starts off with doom and well.....guilt. I have recently read "Rare Earth" another book about the invasion of Africa to the benefit of the rest of the world and yet I still use my cell phone regularly, knowing that Africans are being robbed of their lands for the insides. This book is no different. Well, a little, monlybdinite isn't rare, but the rape of a Continent is. This is a book that should be read, but I warn you, it won't be a picnic. I received this book from Tyndale Publishing.