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Friday, August 30, 2019

The Dung Beetles of Liberia Book Blast and Giveaway

Sometimes you have to wonder where in the world the title of a book comes from. This is one of those times. And its an historical fiction title to boot. Along with the book info, you get a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have through 9/26 to enter. Good luck.

The Dung Beetles of Liberia
by Daniel V. Meier Jr.
Genre: Adventure, Historical Fiction

Based on the remarkable true account of a young American who landed in Liberia in 1961.

Ken Verrier is not happy, nor at peace. He is experiencing the turbulence of Ishmael and the guilt of his brother's death. His sudden decision to drop out of college and deal with his demons shocks his family, his friends, and especially his girlfriend, soon to have been his fiancee. His destination: Liberia - The richest country in Africa both in monetary wealth and in natural resources.

Nothing could have prepared Ken for the experiences he was about to live through. He quickly realizes that he has arrived in a place where he understands very little of what is considered normal, where the dignity of life has little meaning, and where he can trust no one.

Flying into the interior bush as a transport pilot, Ken learns quickly. He witnesses first-hand the disparate lives of the Liberian "Country People" and the "Congo People" also known as Americo-Liberians. These descendants of President Monroe's American Colonization Policy that sent freed slaves back to Africa in the 1800's have set up a strict hierarchical society not unlike the antebellum South.

Author Dan Meier describes Ken's many escapades, spanning from horrifying to whimsical, with engaging and fast-moving narrative that ultimately describe a society upon which the wealthy are feeding and in which the poor are being buried.

It's a novel that will stay will you long after the last word has been read.

A retired Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA, Daniel V. Meier, Jr. has always had a passion for writing. During his college years, he studied History at The University of North Carolina Wilmington and American Literature at The University of Maryland Graduate School. In 1980 he was published by Leisure Books under the pen name of Vice Daniels. He also worked briefly for the Washington Business Journal as a journalist and has been a contributing writer/editor for several aviation magazines.

Dan and his wife live in Owings, Maryland, about twenty miles south of Annapolis and when he's not writing, they spend their summers sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.

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  1. Sounds like a good book, I love that it is based on true events.

  2. I love the unique cover and that bright red really grabs my attention.

  3. I like the cover-thanks

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  4. I think the cover is colorful and unique.

  5. The books sounds very good.. on my TBR list very close to the top...

  6. the book is different and the color is great eye catcher

  7. I've never seen a dung beetle so at first glance it looked like the beetle was holding guns, and then i laughed at myself because it was obviously part of it's leg... The black on red with white type is very striking.

  8. i think the book cover looks interesting

  9. I am intrigued by the title and cover.

  10. i follow you on facebook - stephanie jones

  11. I think the cover is interesting, to say the least.