Mark of the Lion

Mark of the Lion

A Jade Del Cameron Novel

Book - 2006
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In 1919, when most women only dream of adventure, Jade del Cameron lives it. After growing up tough on a New Mexico ranch, then driving an ambulance along the front lines of World War I, she can fire a rifle with deadly precision and stare down men maddened by shell shock. Now, still suffering lingering trauma from the Great War, she sets off for Africa, determined to fulfill a man's dying wish...and never expecting to become involved in murder. Rich with romance, mystery, and adventure, Mark of the Lionintroduces a fascinating new heroine and explores the elusive heart of a compelling and exotic world.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2006.
ISBN: 9780451217486
Characteristics: 340 p. ; 24 cm.


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Sep 15, 2012

This historical mystery takes place in East Africa shortly after the end of WWI. It features an endearing, spunky and spirited main character as well as some interesting secondary characters. As a mystery, this book was okay but what I really enjoyed was the setting. The descriptions of East Africa and it's people as well as the atmosphere of the British Colony.

Jul 04, 2011

First book in the series. I didn't realize how much backgound information I was missing. Biscuit is introduced here, too.

Nov 28, 2006

Being an animal lover, I admit I first picked up Mark of the Lion when I learned the author, Suzanne Arruda, was once a zookeeper. I soon found there were no animal encounters of the cute kind in this book, but the beauty of the writing and the post WWI era that it captures was enough to off-set any disappointment on that account. And there are animals, seen through the eyes of a time when real men went big game hunting and the natives they employed were equal to pack horses.

The book begins with a riveting scene of Jade del Cameron driving an ambulance to the front lines of WWI France and a dogfight battled over the medical camp. A dying man's wish sends her off on an adventure to east Africa to unravel the mystery of his father's death and to find missing brother.

The stiff-upper-lip colonists are shocked at seeing Jade wearing pants in public, while the younger women in this close-knit British society admire her nerve. Time and again Jade proves she's a very capable, independent woman who refuses to be discouraged by the murder of one of the colonists or the mystical beliefs of the natives who fear the laibon, a witch that can shape shift into the form of a lion or hyena.

This book captivates with its sweeping descriptions of Africa's flora and fauna. It started out with a bang and kept right on going. I couldn't put it down.


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