Rivers of Darkness

Rivers of Darkness

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552116092
  • 9780552116091

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Medical research drama overlaps excitingly with a political thriller in 1973 Mozambique - two stories with separate heroes (who meet only once) and intertwined tension. Mozambique has been invaded by the blackfly which carries the oncho worm (which eats natives' eyes out). Village upon village has gone blind, while the Portuguese government in Mozambique remains indifferent and unwilling to meet the expense of a large-scale attack on the blackfly. Dr. Harry Lynd, from the UN's World Health Organization, is now middle-aged but has spent his life fighting plagues around the Third World and expects to die of some new bug someday. He's in love with a defrocked medical novice who ran from him to a nunnery, then got kicked out of the order when she was discovered in flagrant dereliction with Harry. Harry's team is at its permanent jungle station when guerrilla leader Santarem and his Mongoose Men show up and demand treatment: they've been napalmed and worse by government troops in the jungle. It is illegal for the UN doctors to treat insurgents, but they have no choice, and the following operation on Santarem's wounded eye is thrilling stuff, with another socko operation to follow. (Meanwhile, if you can take any more, a British wineowner whose unacknowledged mestizo sister has had her breast cut off by a maddened soldier is determined on revenging her and leads himself into the horrors of prison.) But, most of all, you will never forget the blackfiy as it breeds and coats a whole island with its ghastly black buzzing bodies, every leaf and vine. An action-plus winner from the visceral author of The Face of Jalanath (1973). (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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