by Elmore Leonard

Arlene Almas: This is a ripped-from-the-headlines satire of documentary filmmaking, Somali pirates, and al Qaeda terrorism. How can this be the stuff of satire, you ask? Try Elmore Leonard's "Djibouti." Dara, the documentary whiz kid, and her all-around guy Friday Xavier get mixed up with the most amazing cast of characters in and around the town of Djibouti on the Horn of Africa: you've got your former Somali pirate, your American-born jihadist, your combination Arab/Brit, your American billionaire sailing around the world and looking for adventure, with his girlfriend aboard just hoping they don't get into too much trouble. The narrative is exciting and moves right along, the characters are funny as heck, and Dara is one brave woman.
Rating: ****

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