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    Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway's well-known interest in - and fascination with - big game hunting is magnificently captured in this evocative account of his trip. In examining the poetic grace of the chase, and the ferocity of the kill, Hemingway also looks inward, seeking to explain the lure of the hunt and the primal undercurrent that comes alive on the plains of Africa.

Year: 1935
Genre: Adventure

    Me Tanner, You Jane by Lawrence Block

It's a jungle out there. Literally. At least for Evan Tanner, eternally sleepless sometime superspy, who finds himself in Africa on the trail of the AWOL ruler of tiny Modonoland. It seems the petty despot's gone missing, and he's taken the state treasury along with him.

Year: 1970
Genre: Espionage

    The Drifters by James A. Michener

In this triumphant bestseller, renowned novelist James A. Michener unfolds a powerful and poignant drama of disenchanted youth during the Vietnam era. Against exotic backdrops including Spain, Morocco, and Mozambique, he weaves together the heady dreams, shocking tribulations, and heartwarming bonds of six young runaways cast adrift in the world--as well as the hedonistic pursuit of drugs and pleasure that collapses all around them.

Year: 1971

    Fletch, Too by Gregory Mcdonald

Fletch is handed a curious envelope by a mustached stranger that contains something almost unbelievable--a letter from his supposedly dead father, inviting him and his new wife to Africa for a visit.

Year: 1986
Genre: Presumed Dead

    True at First Light by Ernest Hemingway

A blend of autobiography and fiction, the book opens on the day his close friend Pop, a celebrated hunter, leaves Ernest in charge of the safari camp and news arrives of a potential attack from a hostile tribe. Drama continues to build as his wife, Mary, pursues the great black-maned lion that has become her obsession, and Ernest becomes involved with a young African girl whom he supposedly plans to take as a second bride.

Year: 1999
Genre: Adventure

    Under Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

Accompanied by his fourth wife Mary, famed American novelist Ernest Hemingway spent several months in late 1953 and early 1954 on his final safari in Kenya. Their time there came to an abrupt end in early January 1954 when they sustained serious injuries from two near-fatal plane crashes in east Africa. While recovering, and back home in Havana, Hemingway wrote his "African book," which is, by turns, an adventuresome, comedic, and thoughtful recounting of his final safari.

Year: 2005
Genre: Adventure

    Killing Rommel by Steven Pressfield

A thrilling WWII tale based on the real-life exploits of the Long Range Desert Group, an elite British special forces unit that took on the German Afrika Korps and its legendary commander, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox.

Year: 2008
Genre: WWII: Europe

    Djibouti by Elmore Leonard

Documentary filmmaker Dara Barr is at the top of her game and looking for bigger challenges. That's why she's come to Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, with her right-hand man, six-foot-six, seventy-two-year-old African American seafarer Xavier LeBo, to film modern-day pirates hijacking merchant ships. But almost no one here is who he seems to be.

Year: 2010
Genre: Mystery

    War of Shadows by Gershom Gorenberg

In this World War II military history, Rommel's army is a day from Cairo, a week from Tel Aviv, and the SS is ready for action. Espionage brought the Nazis this far, but espionage can stop them--if Washington wakes up to the danger.

Year: 2021
Genre: WWII: Espionage




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1935Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway Adventure, Africa, Non-Fiction
1970Me Tanner, You Jane by Lawrence Block Espionage, Evan Tanner, Africa
1971The Drifters by James A. Michener Africa, Spain
1986Fletch, Too by Gregory Mcdonald Presumed Dead, Fletch, Africa
1999True at First Light by Ernest Hemingway Adventure, Africa
2005Under Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway Adventure, Africa, Non-Fiction
2008Killing Rommel by Steven Pressfield WWII: Europe, Africa
2010Djibouti by Elmore Leonard Mystery, Africa
2021War of Shadows by Gershom Gorenberg WWII: Espionage, Africa, Middle East, Non-Fiction
Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East





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