Zanzibar, Paperback Book
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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 novel draws on recent history to create a contemporary thriller of dazzling virtuosity.Also available on Faber Penguin Audiobooks.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780571205172

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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 watches television. These are just two of many instances. Also, the tone throughout is forced and self conscious.A shame, because he's obviously done a huge amount of research and when he's not making mistakes his writing is quite readable. In those sections you only have to deal with boredom, which is easy in a novel packed with riveting scenes like the one when Miranda makes filter coffee.