Submergence by J. M. Ledgard
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In a room with no windows on the coast of Africa, an Englishman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Posing as a water expert to report on al-Qaeda activity in the area, he now faces extreme privation, mock executions, and forced marches through the arid badlands of Somalia. Thousands of miles away on the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders, a biomathematician, half-French, half-Australian, prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. She is obsessed with the life that multiplies in the darkness of the lowest strata of water.
"Starred Review. This beautifully written novel... may be more of a novel of ideas than a novel full stop, but it is profoundly readable and unfailingly interesting." - Publishers Weekly
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J. M. Ledgard was born in the Shetland Islands. He has been a correspondent for The Economist since 1995, specialising in foreign political and war reporting. He currently works in Africa, traveling widely in the continent. He is also considered a leading thinker on risk and technology in emerging economies.
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