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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Cry Maasai is an adventure by Robert Balchus. Maasai tribes struggle to preserve their primitive culture in a modernizing nation. Unscrupulous Tanzanian officials want to relocate the impoverished tribes so they can develop their lands. Soil expert Danny Manning is sent by the U.N. to test the proposed site and goes on an inspection tour. A Maasai warrior, separated from his group while hunting a troublesome lion, runs into the path of Danny’s vehicle and is hit. The other warriors become enraged and try to kill Danny, who manages to escape into the unfamiliar terrain. As he attempts to elude the warriors, Danny begins to connect with the spirit of the jungle, while relying on his intuition to survive in order to outwit his pursuers.
Cry Maasai is a wonderful story that tells how a man from the western world realizes what really matters in life after he becomes the hunted in the wilderness. I enjoyed the exciting, adventurous escapade the author took me on, and thought the protagonist and some of the tribal characters were quite worthy and convincing. Robert Balchus also writes a realistic, reflective account of the pros and cons of technology in regards to the Maasai tribal beliefs, and the corrupt politics that often override the needs of the minority. The dialogue was engaging and unforced in a fast paced story. I was not disappointed with the content. Robert Balchus’ strong, appealing writing style will please readers who like good drama and adventure novels.