Amie: An African Adventure tells the story of newlyweds Amie and Jonathon who leave their comfortable if somewhat boring lives in suburban England to travel to deepest Africa, where Jonathon will supervise the construction of a desalination plant for the corrupt and brutal regime.
All is not well though in their adopted country, which is sliding into civil war as tribal conflicts quickly escalate into rebellion against the government forces. Caught in the middle and accused of spying, Amie escapes and begins a harrowing journey to walk to freedom and safety in the next country.
Clarke paints a wonderful picture of the conditions and privations of the African bush and the struggle for survival. She also raises some fascinating questions about the morality and the ethics of westerners dealing with regimes that put the elite first and to hell with the peasants. Power is gained by force and held by brutality.
This is a fast-paced, wonderfully related and sometimes brutal story of a white woman alone in tribal Africa. I loved this book and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great adventure. This deserves every one of the five stars I gave it and more. Well done Lucinda Clarke - now onto the next adventure of our intrepid pair.