Item description for The Hinterlands by Karen Mercury...
The year is 1896. In the vast network of the Niger Delta waterways, where palm oil and blood flow from the hinterlands, the ancient Kingdom of Benin is under siege. Legendary trader and leopard hunter Brendan Donivan battles to protect his adopted homeland's sacred civilization from the colonial expansion of the British, while balancing his commerce with the whiteman's world. Life is not exactly easy. And it's about to get worse. Enter Elle Bowie, New York anthropologist. She says she's come to study clitoridectomy. She claims the crazy Texan traveling with her, the one whose jungle attire consists wholly of a Stetson, boots, and a gun, is her husband. But Brendan suspects there's a lot more to the lovely lady's story than she's letting on.Brendan, of course, is right. Elle has a lot more on her private agenda than the sexual surgical practices of the Benin women. And she's about to get herself into a bigger adventure than she'd planned on.Because Mateus, descendant of Portuguese soldiers, who's supposed to be her guide, is a traitorous gnome. The majestic and brutal General Ologboshere, in command of thousands of warriors, has taken an unhealthy shine to her. A passel of bumbling British consular appointees are screwing things up for everybody. But the worst, the absolute worst, is that super-feminist Elle is falling in love. With a guy who wears a skirt, no less. And although he dwells in Benin, land of ritualistic human sacrifice and juju religion, a land about to run red with blood, and although the lives and loves of many hang in the balance in The Hinterlands . . . Brendan's grinning.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.6" Width: 4.2" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2005
Publisher Medallion Press
ISBN 1932815112 ISBN13 9781932815115
Availability 0 units.
More About Karen Mercury
Karen Mercury is a writer who has traveled extensively throughout Africa. She is the author of "The Four Quarters of the World" and "The Hinterlands," She lives in Vallejo, California.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Hinterlands?
a talent on the rise! Aug 23, 2005
Woo Hoo! What a ride! Karen Mercury loves history, all the tiny details, and she richly draws on this to create one special adventure. The Hinterlands is able to suck the reader into exotic locales in Africa. She wields language, local customs and history, to forge strong characters in a rich, sensual adventure that marks her as a talent on the rise.
From her first words she will hook you and won't let you go, as anthropologist Elle Bowie travels to the distant and wild lands of Africa on a trip to study the native peoples. What starts out as a simple journey to discover more of history, lore and way of lives, suddenly change as Elle meets Brendan Donivan. A hunter - in more ways than one, he is well known by the natives and often trades with them.
Brendan his not blinded by Elle's beauty and thinks the lovely lady is up to a bit more than she says. Only romancing the beauty comes at the wrong time. The area is troubled, heading toward war, and it's not safe for either Elle or Brendan.
The adventure is fast paced. The romance steamy at the jungle where it's set. The history and setting is to sigh for (I love detailed research and Mercury has done her homework). But where Mercury really steps "beyond the crowd" of romance writers, it's her strong humour. One gets the feeling she is always laughing at life and its adventures, and that strongly comes through this rousing escapade, show he as a talent to remember. Think of sexy version of King Solomon's Mines, African Queen and The Naked Jungle (minus the ants!) all rolled into one, and liberally sprinkled with a wicked sensual of humour ¯ you have Mercury.
So, if you are tired of the same old same old Regency, her is the perfect antidote!!
goofy and fun historical romance May 17, 2005
this book is hilarious. It is also interesting for the historical information about a little-known part of the world.
Applause! Applause! May 3, 2005
"The Hinterlands", Karen Mercury's first historical novel is brimming with fascinating and irresistible characters who have absolutely kept my heart pounding with anticipation as their lives clash and mesh on their journey into the inner depths of the dark jungles of Nigeria, 1896. Embarking from seeming innocence, the author expertly unfolds a tangled and steamy adventure, discovering bloody truth, intrigue and breathtaking erotic lust, evolving into a beautiful romance and eventual total loss of innocence. This is, without doubt one of this decade's most compelling and beautifully written stories. Historically accurate, her descriptions so vivid, I felt actually "placed" into the scenes, complete with sounds, smells, and the salty taste of sweat. Leaving me satisfied but still wanting more, I am hoping that her next novel will be coming out soon.
fantastic historical tale Feb 15, 2005
In 1896 the British northeastward from the Niger Coast Protectorate look to colonize the Kingdom of Benin. The plan is to cross the River Niger and bring the Edo people of Benin under the British flag as they have already done for the Ibo of Niger. Trader and renowned hunter Brendan Donivan realizes that the Brits are looking to colonize the kingdom and fears for what will be lost. He struggles to save this ancient African civilization while not jeopardizing his business with the British.
New York anthropologist Elle Bowie arrives in hopes of fulfilling a dream of field work. To achieve her dream, she supports the British's efforts. She is accompanied by her fake "hired" husband Rip McCulloch. Brendan and Ellie quickly realize they are on opposite sides of the White Man's Burden; she believes Britain will bring the benefits of modern civilization while he disdains the destruction of an ancient surviving culture. They know they cannot share anything yet love blossoms between them. As the British begin their assault, they forge a bond that leads to love between Elle and Brendan while trying to save an endangered culture with many expected to die.
THE HINTERLANDS is a fantastic historical tale that brings to life the Kingdom of Benin at the point when Britain begins efforts to colonize the nation using brute force. The romance between the lead couple is deftly handled, but takes a back seat to the astute intense look at the late nineteenth century Guinea Coast. Karen Mercury provides genre fans with a triumphant tale that will send the audience seeking more such reflective works.
Humor Combined With Vast Knowledge of an Exotic Place Dec 2, 2004
I was offered the privilege of reading the first few chapters of "The Hinterlands" before it was published, and I was first of all in awe of the amount of historical content and research that was included in these writings. The majority of us have never even heard about this time and place, and I was intrigued.
Next, it became apparent that the author has a hysterical sense of humor - and some if it is tongue-in-cheek, so you have to pay attention! I imagine she must have had a lot of fun writing this book, and I had a lot of fun reading it - I highly recommend "The Hinterlands" for someone that is looking for something more than the usual.