Anna R. (Oak Ridge, TN)
This book has it all; mystery, history, jealously,murder and a love story. I learned about Kenya working toward independence and about archaeology. The character development is fantastic and the story grabs you from page one.
The ending isn't what I expected. Wow. This is a great read!
Amanda N. (Murfreesboro, TN)
The Clouds Beneath The Sun
I gave up on this book after 300 pages. I desperately wanted to like this book. The setting was interesting and the plot line had promise. Unfortunately, the pacing dragged and the dialogue was horribly stilted. I finally put the book down when I realized that wanting to know how it ended was still not enough of a reason to finish. Perhaps Ford should stick to non-fiction.
Georgette I. (Oxford, GA)
The Clouds Beneath The Sun
A good, semi challenging summer read. Set in Kenya, it offers a colorful look at the flora and fauna as well as the backdrop to the political machinations prior to independence. It is underscored by a murder mystery that leaves the reader morally ambivalent. The female lead in the novel leaves this female reader cold perhaps because the author is male and doesn't adequately express the complexities of her heart and mind.
Sue J. (Wauwatosa, WI)
An absorbing read.
I enjoyed this book immensely. Ford is a creative writer who has a talent for drawing good characters and giving a sense of what a dig in Kenya would really be like. This book was a page-turner for me and I had to hold myself back from peaking ahead to find out how everything comes out. Highly recommended!
Jane A. (Lakeport, Ca)
The Clouds Beneath the Sun
A real non-stop read for me. The book's appeal is on so many levels: paleontology, Massai tribal customs and mores, Western jurisprudence vs tribal law, and, of course, the inevitable love triangle, with a sprinkling of aviation and scuba!
I found the plot to be well-paced throughout the story, with the unexpected 'kicker' at the end.
I can sincerely recommend this book!
Mary Ann B. (Louisville, KY)
Unsatisified in Aftrica
I was disappointed with this book for several reasons. I thought the description and history of the Serengeti and Kenya were descriptive and knowledgeable, but the characters were not that likable. I think the story was drug out a bit, and incidents seemed contrived. If you like Africa has a setting, you may enjoy.
Karen D. (Dedham, MA)
Having been to the Serengeti on safari, I was anxious to read this book. It brought back wonderful memories of camp life. I can still see the Masai men in their bright red robes standing with their spears. The book was descriptive of the plains without being too detailed. The characters, you felt like you knew them, anxious for them and so sad when their lives changed so dramatically. I loved the book so much, what can I possibly read next?