This geopolitical suspense novel with a romantic twist grabs the reader's attention at the outset and does not let go until the last page is turned. The author displays a keen sensitivity to both the intimate details of everday life with characters the reader comes to actually care about and the realities of the ongoing tragedy that marks much of current-day southern Africa. Although these realities clash with 'politically correct' American sensibilities about what our media has spoon-fed us regarding events there, uncomfortable similarities remain. "Blood of Gansbaai" reminds us that ethnic cleansing is not limited to African tribes versus Afrikkaners, or Orthodox Serbs versus Bosnian Muslims, but also has its malevolent fingerprints on America's "Westward Ho!!!" Manifest Destiny (at the expense of Native Americans). I highly recommend this book as a gripping, intelligent and ultimately satisfying read.