Into a Dark Frontier by John Mangan
Published September 5th, 2017 by Oceanview Publishing
Genres Thriller, Mystery
In the near future, Africa collapses into an enormous failed state, leaving the continent lawless and severely depopulated. For most, the breakdown brings horror, but for others–the outcast, the desperate, the criminals, and the insane–it allows unparalleled opportunity: a new frontier of danger and unlimited possibility. In America, ex-Navy SEAL Slade Crawford, emotionally crippled after twenty years of front line combat, the dissolution of his marriage, and the accidental death of his son, is falsely accused of terrorism. Slade flees to Africa to build a new life and escape his past when he is captured by an enigmatic American colonel, Gary Kraven, and blackmailed into tracking down a blood cult that is rampaging across the sub-Sahara. Struggling to stay alive and to free himself from Kraven’s grasp, Slade pursues the cult across the lawless African frontier. He soon learns that nothing is as it seems and that he is standing at the epicenter of a global struggle that will determine the course of history. Slade must decide whether to fight for his life or his honor–he can’t have both.
The main character in this story, Slade, is an ex-Navy SEAL who is currently a fugitive and on the run from Homeland Security after he is falsely accused of terrorism. Slade heads to Africa hoping to start a new life, but instead finds himself captures by an American colonel, Gary, who then blackmails Slade into tracking down a religious cult that is terrorizing the area. I did enjoy the author’s writing and the story is certainly filled with a lot of action and moves along at a pretty quick pace. I liked the premise to this story and although it is supposed to be taking place in the near future, it’s definitely a scenario that seems fairly realistic. This cult is moving around Africa and basically slaughtering communities in a ritualistic way, while Slade has no choice but to do what the colonel asks of him. I could certainly see this book being turned into a movie, as it is filled with action and mystery. Slade is both a strong and interesting character that draws the reader into the story. Overall, I enjoyed the book and I looked forward to reading more from the author in the future.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy of this book.