Sixteen-year-old Sunday Balewo is next in line for the presidency of Zantuga. When his father dies, Sunday finds himself on the run from the unlikeliest of assassins - a baboon with a bomb. Not just an action-packed thriller, but a novel about friendship, loyalty and the value of life itself.
Justin D’Ath is back with this fantastic, easy to read, adventure novel.
Set in an imaginary African nation, our star is Sunday Balewo, also known as ‘magic feet’ because of his soccer brilliance, who is the sixteen-year-old son of the country’s president for life and next in line to take power.
But suddenly Sunday’s life changes when his father and mother die at the hands of a suicide bombing baboon. When another one turns up to try and kill Sunday, he has to go on the run. But who can he trust? His new American girlfriend, Holly? The police minister? His father’s right hand man and army chief, Mbuti?
But when Sunday saves the life of the genetically enhanced, talking baboon that was sent to kill him, could he become Sunday’s closest ally?
Touching on themes including tensions in the third world, genetic engineering and the unification that sport can bring to a country. With a touch of young love, short chapters and a fast-paced, adventurous and action packed storyline this book will appeal to many 10—14 year olds.
Reviewed by Rob