Thursday, January 25, 2018

Review Tour: Deep Sahara by Leslie Croxford

Deep Sahara

by Leslie Croxford


GENRE:  Thriller



Klaus Werner travels to the Algerian Sahara to research a book on desert insects. He is billeted in a local monastery, but upon arrival he finds it empty of its inhabitants. He soon discovers that it is a recent crime scene.



Prologue: Memoir

The front door has just closed. I’m finally alone in the apartment, using this morning’s stillness to begin the account I’ve been wanting to write for days. It’s a letter to myself after the battering I’ve received from the media – not to mention the anonymous death threats – for attacking our so-called “pillars of society”.

I need to sift through all that happened out at the end of the world, coming back to me now like some dream. For the Sahara’s a place of mirages you can actually photograph: palm trees, oases, expanses of cool water, silent cities – there, but unreal. Conjuring up the past, I want to reassure myself that all I claimed to have found among those shifting sands, on returning here to Rome, far from being the figment of my imagination critics allege, is actually the case: that the experience of unearthing – of understanding - what I have revealed has made me into a new person.

Silence holds heavy. The blankness of this page is as intimidating as the desert itself. Still, I’ve plunged in, covering the paper like a suspect instructed by the police to write everything down. And though I’m no criminal, I’m scribbling both as a release and for the reader I sense exists, but can’t identify. This I do know: it’s someone with whom the self I’ve achieved – as well as how I’ve done so – strike a chord. He’ll see me as the solitary figure I was, in a monk’s habit like a Bedouin’s burnoose, lost against the pitiless Saharan sky. And he’ll find me faced with coming to myself in that emptiness to which life had finally brought me.

Yet, writing, so much I must recall is painful. I’m concerned that I’ve little more than my memory – that mirage – to rely upon, especially after all this time. Nevertheless, I know I must set out fully everything that took place, to see what was actually so, for my own peace of mind.

That’s why I have set aside the book I keep telling myself I should be working on. I’ve no alternative now but to write and finally establish the full story of what happened in the deep Sahara. 


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Leslie Croxford is a British author and Senior Vice-President of the British University in Egypt. Born in Alexandria, he obtained a doctorate in History from Cambridge University. He has written one novel, Soloman's Folly (Chatto & Windus), and is completing his third. He and his wife live in Cairo.



Leslie will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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My Review

Deep Sahara is the first book I have read by Leslie Croxford. I found it to be intriguing. The plot is unique and refreshing. I was fascinated by Klaus Werner. He definitely goes on an unexpected adventure. The mystery and suspense is one that keeps the reader wanting to find out what will happen next.

I highly recommend Deep Sahara for those who loves a good, thrilling page turner. I hope to read more by this author in the future.

5+ stars.

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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  1. That must be awesome living near all those ancient pyramids. Thanks 4 hosting this.

  2. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

  3. Wrong place wrong time type of book it seems like to me for the lead character.

  4. I enjoyed reading the excerpt! Thank you!

  5. I think the summary could have been more detailed. Thanks 4 the giveaway though.

  6. Great bio. Congrats on your tour.

  7. What part of history do you like most?