Submerged – Louis Wiid (@louiswiid)

A book is a treasure and it’s very rare to have one given to you, so Louis, if you are reading this, thank you for the snail mail prezzie!

Some books are a slow read and it takes a while to find your ‘North’ and get into your read. This for me was one of those reads. My sisters (Sandi and Babongile) know how much I love a good thriller but I’m not one for technical information, especially on a topic I know nothing about.

Leon is one of those annoying beings who keeps studying and passing until lecturers chase him out the institution, has a bit of money in the kitty and he decides to go on a working holiday. He has no plan and it doesn’t seem to worry him. Leon meets a fling, Sophia, while in Egypt, not knowing fully the impact her entrance in his life, will have.

Sophia pulls strings and asks for favours to get Leon a proper job in the UK at Popov Bank as an intern, with promise to become an investment banker. Popov?

Bogdav Popov, Sophia’s father, an extremely ruthless man who finds pleasure in blood and killing anything that is alive.

Franklin grew up in the Cape Flats, with fellow gangsters for family. His brother, Bhuti, died doing a job that he had no experience in. Following Bhuti’s death, Franklin decides to get clean and earn an honest living.

Leon is forced to leave his life in the UK, seeking a hide out spot in SA. It is here where he finds a strange friendship with Franklin and Hotdog, who later save his life.

The technical bits I was referring to earlier are about a yacht and firearms that Popov has acquired, etc. These bits show that Louis did his research and those who are interested in firearms and the like, will appreciate this groundwork. To those who are not friends with technical terms, and in hindsight, I don’t think this read would have been bad or missing without the technical bits. In short, I don’t feel they added to the overall read or in describing / enhancing Popov’s character. With that said, those bits are a very small part of the book and it was a good read.

For those who want the blurb of the book, here it is:

Who can stop a maniacal Russian and his private army? Surely not a handful of
Cape Town gangsters and an investment banker/ex-scuba diving instructor.
Unemployed Economics graduate Leon Jacobs rescues Sophia Popova, a
beautiful but troubled Russian heiress, during a high-risk scuba dive at one of
the deep dive-sites of the Red Sea. Subsequently, he joins Sophia’s father’s
corrupt investment bank in London.
The love-sick and gullible Leon soon starts drowning in the international
syndicated crime world of Bogdan Popov, famous for the innovative ways he
gets rid of his competitors.
Meanwhile, after a series of shocking events disrupt the solitude of ex-gangster
Franklin Benjamin’s existence in a small fishing village off the West
Coast of South Africa, he has to make the impossible decision: to rise up from
his hibernation and mobilise his gang.
Will Leon escape with his life from the global-reaching claws of Popov?
And where will Sophia find the courage and strength to slay the inner demons
ruling her existence?
Submerged is an international thriller traversing the buzzing financial hub
of London, the beautiful City of Cape Town with its adjacent Cape Flats
ganglands, the pirate-infested waters off the horn of Africa, and the
rhino-slaughter fields of South Africa.

-Phumzile Z

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