falling night

Unique novel in a new thriller sub-genre! Instead of semi-predictable plots about the streetwise tough guys and gals navigating tight scrapes, try this alternative adventure about an unarmed aid worker trying to survive the hazards of an African civil war. It will keep you guessing right to the end…

Alan Swales is no hero and no saint. Bored by a successful, yet dull life in Britain with his girlfriend, Mandy, he decides to become an aid worker in Africa to experience adventure and acquire anecdotes to impress his mates.

Plunged into a civil war waged by vicious warlords and their child soldiers, Alan has to make unexpected choices about the direction of his life as well as his relationship with Mandy. As the situation deteriorates, he hears rumours of a hidden genocide, which leads him on a dangerous quest for evidence in the face of almost insurmountable obstacles.

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Falling Night is Phil Clarke’s debut novel, based on actual experiences by him or his acquaintances in the various wars that took place in Africa during the 1990s, but using fictional characters. He spent most of this decade in the field as a humanitarian aid worker and as a tropical forest researcher, prior to working for nine years as an executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). In 2006, he founded the war crimes investigation agency, Bloodhound.