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Black Leopard, Red Wolf

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Dion Graham

24 Hours 3 Minutes

Penguin Audio

February 2019

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The New York Times Bestseller

'A fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made.' --Neil Gaiman

'Gripping, action-packed....The literary equivalent of a Marvel Comics universe.' --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

The epic novel, an African Game of Thrones, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings

In the stunning first novel in Marlon James's Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: 'He has a nose,' people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.

As Tracker follows the boy's scent--from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers--he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying?

Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, Marlon James has written a novel unlike anything that's come before it: a saga of breathtaking adventure that's also an ambitious, involving read. Defying categorization and full of unforgettable characters, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both surprising and profound as it explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, and our need to understand them both.

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  • Arlette Yonkers

    The story was definitely... interesting and unlike anything I've ever heard. A lot of unexpected crazy going on, and some wasn't completely necessary. I guess if it's a trilogy it will come back up in the next stories. I'm not a fan of stories told non-sequentially, so that is why it's not 5 stars. At times it was hard to follow the storyline but that could be my ADD. I enjoyed the narrator, but at times he was difficult to understand.

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  • Eric C.

    narrator is excellent. The story itself was memorable. it little repetitive (a recap of the whole tale is told more than once), but immersive. feels like a poetic fantasy. great action scene.

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