By Peter Tonkin
An incalculable fortune in clash minerals lies at the mattress of a misplaced lake. The lake lies in the midst of a jungle not often replaced because the age of the dinosaurs, whereas the jungle stands at the slope of an energetic volcano which has destroyed the one civilisation within reach. The volcano serves as a border among warring principal African international locations. And an out of control, murderous guerrilla military claims the territory for its personal, utilizing a mixture of recent terrorist options and undying black magic to maintain strangers out.
Richard Mariner is prime a workforce into the guts of all of it, looking the lake and the fortune it includes – his in basic terms clues a half-forgotten legend and an immense black pearl that's a lot more than it kind of feels . . .
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