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Book Review of Mark of the Lion (Jade del Cameron, Bk 1)

Mark of the Lion (Jade del Cameron, Bk 1)
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Mark of the Lion (2006) introduces Jade del Cameron, an American ambulance driver in WWI who promises David Worthy, a dying British pilot, she will track down his brother and pass on a ring. But when Jade visits Mrs. Worthy in 1919, she is told that David was an only child. Jade guesses that the missing brother was born to another woman when David's father Gil Worthy was exploring in East Africa. The Worthy family solicitor confirms that Gil had two rings made, one for each of his sons, and that Gil returned to Africa in 1915 to try and track down his other son, dying in suspicious circumstances in a Nairobi hotel room before he could complete his search. With the solicitor's support, Jade accepts a job as a writer and photographer for The Traveler magazine, and requests an assignment in Nairobi, taking a crash course in Swahili during the trip. Jade's upbringing on a ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, proves to be good preparation for life in colonial Africa since she is a crack shot and used to roughing it. While searching for David's brother Jade manages to kill a hyena, attract the attentions of a witch, and both charm and offend the colonial elite who find it difficult to accept that their time of power is drawing to an end. This debut novel is highly entertaining.

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