The Girl Who Tweaked Two Lions' Tails is Van Rooyen's third published novel and his best.With one hundred and nineteen Likes on Smashwords, it ranks among the top ten most adored Smashwords novels.Much richer than your typical story, it is an awesome account of a woman fighting for her life in the African bush. Some of the events actually happened in real life.And at the sThe Girl Who Tweaked Two Lions' Tails is Van Rooyen's third published novel and his best.With one hundred and nineteen Likes on Smashwords, it ranks among the top ten most adored Smashwords novels.Much richer than your typical story, it is an awesome account of a woman fighting for her life in the African bush. Some of the events actually happened in real life.And at the same time, the development of the most unusual romance you can imagine.A fast-moving, compelling story you can't put down from the first page to the last, Lions' Tails is heart-racing. The plot twists and turns with constant excitement and surprises. An astounding opening chapter and a breathless ending.Crocodiles, vultures, lions, hunger, injuries, this amazing story with its unforgettable characters, will transport you into another world, another time....
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The Girl Who Tweaked Two Lions' Tails Reviews
The most important things first: This is a riveting story that kept me up late at night. Further, I'm confident that in the right hands it could be made into a blockbuster movie.Pierre Van Rooyen is one of several talented writers I encountered a few years ago on the Authonomy website. I don't know much about him personally and would welcome an opportunity to hear the background to this story. It has the feel of being based to some degree on actual people and/or events. But maybe that's due only to the way the story is presented.Now, the way it's presented happens to be a little awkward, in that I wonder whether a different narrative voice would have immersed me in the events more completely. In other words, this way, it feels true but somewhat stilted, whereas another way might have been better at pulling me in, without providing that feeling of authenticity. The story begins with the effective hook of presenting a Caucasian girl walking through the African bush with a bunch of African kids who're pretending to be hunters like their elders--and then encountering a lion. But then it turns out this scene is being reconstructed by the girl's father after he pieces together accounts he hears about it later. The father then introduces the family and their life in a remote part of Africa, and aside from the unusual setting and the fact that the daughter is presented as an extraordinarily gifted and fearless person, that part of the narration is rather dull. Then the girl's aunt takes over the telling of the main part of the story, in which she and the girl and several others survive a plane crash deep in the wilderness, get on the bad side of some ruthless diamond smugglers there, and commence an almost impossible trek to reconnect with civilization.At first, I wanted the story to be told from the girl's point of view. I didn't like the fact that she is always presented from the perspective of someone else. That plus her many talents (she's far more competent and knowledgeable in almost every respect than any adult) combine to make her an incomplete character in my view. Later, I began thinking an omnicient narrator would have rendered the story best. It would have been fun to have seen this novel take shape, say, in a critique group, and argue about points like that.So there are things I would quibble over. But again, the story carries itself to the extent that at some point I stopped worrying about how it might have been told differently and simply began hurrying anxiously from one page to the next to see what was going to happen. That alone makes the creation successful. I'm glad I read it!
Taken from my blog: nicolestorey.wordpress.comI must admit that I had some doubts about this book from the moment I heard about it. It isn't that I didn't think it would be a good book, but just that it wouldn't be a good book for me. The cover is not amazing and that is one of the first things that draws my attention to a book. The second is the synopsis and Van Rooyen gave, what I thought, was too much of the story away in his summary of this book. What would be the point of reading it? All one has to do is read the summary to know how the story plays out. Well, reading this book taught me a very valuable lesson: you really can't judge a book by its cover! Turns out that the author hadn't played all of his cards in the summary; he still had a few aces up his sleeve.Angelina Freyer is an absolutely amazing character! She is a spunky, 14-year-old who reads and has a photographic memory. When the plane goes down, she doesn't panic, but takes charge of a whole group of adults and shows them that big things come in small packages. Van Rooyen tells this story as if he is talking face to face with his readers. It is almost as if he were there, and is reliving what happened. I did get a bit bored with all the airplane talk when Angelina's aunt, Maude, is retelling how and why the plane went down. However, I understand that Van Rooyen was trying to show just how smart Angelina is and why it is imperative that she lead this group to safety.The characters in the books were very believable and so was the story. It is easily something that could happen in real life. The author didn't reveal the personalities of each character right away, but let them grow and change. Some of the characters that I didn't care for in the beginning had grown on me by the end, while some that I thought were okay ended up being despised. Some characters that were weak and sulky found strengths that they didn't realize they possessed while others who were usually strong and resourceful ended up cracking under the pressure.The book was a delight to read and it is one that would be loved by all, no matter what genre you normally read. There is action, suspense, drama, and lots of hope. Every chapter brings new surprises and you never know what is going to happen to the survivors next. Van Rooyen is a magical story-teller and I can't wait to read more of his work!
A plane crash in the African bush leaves a group of adults and a 14-year-old girl at the mercy of the elements and a gang of ruthless diamond smugglers.Some of the passengers want to stay with the wreckage, hoping to negotiate with the smugglers while awaiting rescue. That soon proves the wrong choice. Twelve adults elect to take the suggestion of Maudie Freyer and follow her teenaged niece farther into the wilderness.Some might question the wisdom of that choice. Yet Van Rooyen eloquently shows people should not be judged as equals. There are just too many facets to humanity for that to be possible. Children are raised differently. We all come with varying advantages and influences. Some are more intelligent than others. Some are more physically developed.Angelina Freyer—born in Africa, raised on a Kenyan farm, friend of the Masai—is the only one among them equipped to lead this journey for survival. Besides, as she frequently comments, the girl reads—a lot. Even she will learn as they struggle through the bush, evading the smugglers and going from one danger to another, they all have their important skills to share.An enjoyable read with lots of charm and surprises.
The image of a young girl “talking down” a lion sets the tone for the intensity of this wonderful African story by Pierre Van Rooyen.The geographical descriptions are vivid, and the plight of the survivors of an airplane crash in the Zambezi Valley is so compelling that I must admit feeling physically tired by the end of the survival quest.A quote from the novel tells us what kept the group bound together under the leadership of a very special teenager: “…in Africa, where white, black, pink, yellow, brown are thrown together cheek by jowl, the races have to work together peaceably and in harmonious accord if they are to achieve anything worthwhile together. Van Rooyen is also the author of Saturdays are Gold, another African adventure I enjoyed very much. I am definitely a follower of this writer.
I felt like the dialogue in the book was a bit forced or uncomfortable for me, but that could just be because I am not familiar with the way English speaking Africans speak.14 year old Angelina and her aunt Maude survive a plane crash in the African bush with 11 others. Chased by diamond smugglers they try to find their way back to civilization and rescue. I loved the story - lots of action, adventure, danger and inventiveness. I think this story would make an excellent movie.
There was a few typos, but I enjoyed this adventuresome book. Set in Africa, and dealing with diamond smugglers, Angelina, a 14 yr. old girl along with her Aunt, and others, uses her ideas to get them thru the jungle after their plane crashes. The story kept me interested, and I would read more books by this author.
There's much African atmosphere and with the unusual courage of the girl who can confront a lion. The parents are well-portrayed and I was tweaked to read more. I only had the beginning of the book in my Kindle download (darn!) and will have to suspend my reaction. It's exciting so far!
Wasn't sure at first but then was thoroughly hooked. Even better it was free on Amazon.
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