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Djibouti ❃ [EPUB] ✻ Djibouti By Elmore Leonard ➜ – Thomashillier.co.uk El Leonard is in a class of oneThe greatest crime writer who ever lived Dennis Lehane El Leonard is our greatest crime novelist the best in the business Washington Post novels and still going strong El Leonard is in a class of oneThe greatest crime writer who ever lived Dennis Lehane El Leonard is our greatest crime novelist the best in the business Washington Postnovels and still going strong The incomparable El Leonard The reigning King Daddy of crime writers Seattle Times is back with Djibouti, a gripping, twisting, playful, and always surprising tale of modern day piracy Djibouti sparkles with the trademark Leonard style, wit, and crackling dialogue that have made novels like Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and The Hot Kid crime fiction classics This time El s taking us to the Horn of Africa for an unforgettable confrontation with con men, crooked diplomats, documentary filmmakers, and pirates and it s going to be a wild ride.

  • ebook
  • 279 pages
  • Djibouti
  • Elmore Leonard
  • English
  • 04 December 2018
  • 0062015346

About the Author: Elmore Leonard

El John Leonard lived in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Memphis before settling in Detroit in After serving in the navy, he studied English literature at the University of Detroit where he entered a short story competition His earliest published novels in the s were westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion picturesFather of Peter Leonard.



10 thoughts on “Djibouti

  1. Joe Valdez Joe Valdez says:

    The 44th novel by El Leonard and the next to last he d publish in his lifetime , Djibouti is like a zoo balloon that s quickly inflated to impressive size, prematurely released from the helium tank and let loose to fly around the gorilla habitat before deflating Get the kid another balloon, this one s broke Published in 2010, the rip roaring story attempts to triangulate Somalian pirates, Al Qaeda in the Horn of Africa and an American documentary crew, using Leonard s patented underworld The 44th novel by El Leonard and the next to last he d publish in his lifetime , Djibouti is like a zoo balloon that s quickly inflated to impressive size, prematurely released from the helium tank and let loose to fly around the gorilla habitat before deflating Get the kid another balloon, this one s broke Published in 2010, the rip roaring story attempts to triangulate Somalian pirates, Al Qaeda in the Horn of Africa and an American documentary crew, using Leonard s patented underworld patois in which the bad guys maintain they aren t so bad if only you d get to know them Unfortunately, it s a lazy effort that never takes flight Dara Barr is an Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker who touches down in the tiny African nation of Djibouti, the gateway to the Suez Canal, to make a film on Somalian pirates Her crew consists of Xavier LeBo, cameraman, grip and logistics expert twice her age at 72 Dara pulled Xavier onstage during the Oscar acceptance speech she gave for her third film, an eye of the storm documentary on New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and the two share such close proximity at sea while making her follow up in Djibouti that they get very comfortable Will they or won t they get it on Why did I feel dirty about this plot development Ari Ahmed Sheikh Bakar, alias Harry, is a spokesman for the Djibouti Code of Conduct and works with the International Maritime Organization in an effort to eliminate pirating in the Gulf of Aden He just so happens to be sitting next to Dara on the plane when she arrives in country More British than Arab, he s quite smitten with Dara and offers his assistance to her project Harry is a jet setter who negotiates with pirates Idris Mohammed is a Somalian pirate, a good looking rogue who attended university at Miami College in Ohio, speaks fluent English and commands a gang of swashbucklers who hijack whatever ships look goodI think of us as the Coast Guard giving fines to ships that contaminate our seas, thousands of them leaving their waters we once fishedHe convinces Dara that the pirates aren t vicious and she considers making the rascals the heroes of her film Billy Wynn is a shipping magnate from East Texas who comes from three generations of fortune Billy is personally sailing his ketch Pegaso from Nice, having attended a fashion show in Paris looking for the future Mrs Billy Wynn His nominee, a ginger haired model named Helene, is acing her audition, having made it through the Red Sea to Djibouti without getting seasick or pleading to go home Dara admires her grit Billy refers to Muslims as Mohammedans and is obsessed with monitoring Al Qaeda, using his connections to obtain information which he shares with Dara Jama Raisuli, alias Jama al Amriki, alias James Russell pronounced Rus sell is a wily Al Qaeda operative with an American passport who converted to Islam in prison, speaks nearly fluent Arabic and is seized by Idris as a crew member aboard a thousand foot natural gas tanker from the UAE, the Aphrodite Idris and Harry are in negotiations to turn Jama and his partner, an Egyptian Al Qaeda operative named Qasim al Salah, over for a reward, but Jama demonstrates an ability to escape capture again and again and go gunning for anyone who knows his American name This includes Dara.Billy believes that Al Qaeda intend to use the Aphrodite as a bomb He s had impact scenarios run by chemical engineers and determined that the explosion could be another Hindenburg disaster Helene can t watch the tragic blimp footage without crying Billy brings in a former Navy SEAL and soldier for hire named Buck Bethards to help him blow up the tanker while the pirates have it anchored off the coast Jama has a phone number that will allow him to remotely detonate the explosives Al Qaeda has placed aboard the tanker, but he passes the time abroad trying to take out Idris and Harry and Dara and anyone else who gets in the way of his Walther P 38 Djibouti gets off to a colorful start I always enjoy reading novels propelled by dialogue and Leonard clearly knows his stuff, jetting readers to a strange locale with a group of characters who have interesting professions Probably the strongest element of an El Leonard novel, for me, isn t so much what happens but the unspoken and largely unseen fabric that binds the characters together Rather than being thrust into completely implausible situations, I get the strange feeling that I could walk into any bar or hotel lobby in the world and find El Leonard characters there, sipping mimosas and talking.This novel started to annoy me for a lot of reasons Leonard doesn t seem to know who or what this book is about You d assume that Billy Wynn was the main character He s the most colorful, monitoring naval activity like a seafaring birder, sailing with a French model and playing a joke on pirates he invites to fire an elephant gun that has a hell of a recoil Leonard s research staff does a wonderful job digging up the nuts and bolts of people with compelling professions the material dealing with Dara s documentary work and methods seems accurate The problem is that her character keeps intruding into Billy s book Dara is totally irrelevant to the outcome of the story.Xavier LeBo is as close to a Gary Stu as I ve encountered in an El Leonard novel There s not a single flaw to this guy He s 50% Morgan Freeman, 50% an NBA center He knows seamanship and foreign locales and works for a blonde filmmaker and can still take out a bad guy as well as bed women young enough to be his granddaughter I might ve seen Dara attracted to Xavier in a student teacher sense like Michelle Pfeiffer to Robert Redford in Up Close and Personal if he had something to offer her besides her first good boink in a while So not only is their May December fling offensive, worse, it doesn t make any sense dramatically.Also irritating, Leonard gives Xavier an accent that s something of Cajun blended with black street slang, violating one of his own rules of writing, which is use regional dialects sparinglyGirl, they don t care about fishin They stumble onto piracy, Xavier said, and can t believe it They havin fun and gettin rich They flyin out to take a ship, one of em stands up to piss over the side, bottle of Heineken in his hand, drunk as he wants to be it s part of bein a pirate drunk and mellowed some by the khat in his jaw, the man dreamin of Ethiopian pussy Who s gonna stop him That was what you want to film, what these guys are doin They enjoyin every minute of it Gonna keep takin ships till it gets dangerous A bunch of em will quit The ones stick it out become as dangerous as the gunboats after em Benavies out here Won t be long the pirates will come out shootin and your gunboats ll blow em out of the sea I expect some will keep comin, not knowin anything else The system bug with Djibouti is that it s just lazy writing Leonard distills almost all of his exciting information about pirates, the Horn of Africa or seagoing vessels through dialogue Not showing the reader anything, telling us One character, usually the Leonard surrogate Xavier, starts by telling another character how he knows that character did something That character then elaborates on what they did and what was said to another character Then they both speculate on why that character is like that or what they want It s goddam incessant Xavier said, You went on the sailboat so you could speak to Helene I got Billy to invite me He said, You want to learn how to sail I told him I had to use the head and went below Helene was sitting at the table in the salon with a bottle of champagne She said, Get a glass That fucking gunfire my ears are still ringing He wants me to fire it, get knocked on my ass Champagne helps now It can t hurt I find if I stay ripped it s easier to follow instructions Aye, aye, Captain He s teaching me how to sail, in the fucking ocean I don t know how many times I thought of sticking a finger down my throat But you hung in Still his little sailor I have to actually mop the fucking deck Part of the trial, eh He s weird Always looking for pirates, his elephant gun handy But he doesn t try to shoot them The novel threatens the reader with clarity and briefly comes alive starting on page 128 279 when Leonard introduces Jama Raisuli, alias Jama al Amriki, alias James Russell pronounced Rus sell , the only character in the book the author seems interested in Leonard has the guy s voice and pathology down cold It was a thrill watching Jama figure his way out of ambushes He s the bad guy, of course, but a story following a Black Muslim to the Middle East to hook up with Al Qaeda might ve been farcompelling than pretending the book was about a documentary It all adds up to a major disappointment late in the author s storied career.Here s my list of El Leonard novels ranked from favorite to least favorite StickKillshotCuba LibreProntoBe CoolGet ShortyLaBravaDjibouti

  2. Kemper Kemper says:

    Humanity has struggled with a lot of problems over the course of history Most of these are issues that we continue to deal with like war, poverty, disease, discrimination, Sarah Palin, etc It s rare that we as a species get a win and are able to check something off our To Do List once and for all, but it does happen For example, it took a while but it seems like that pesky smallpox issue is under control So when the news was dominated by reports of attacks by Somalian pirates, it really pi Humanity has struggled with a lot of problems over the course of history Most of these are issues that we continue to deal with like war, poverty, disease, discrimination, Sarah Palin, etc It s rare that we as a species get a win and are able to check something off our To Do List once and for all, but it does happen For example, it took a while but it seems like that pesky smallpox issue is under control So when the news was dominated by reports of attacks by Somalian pirates, it really pissed me off Seriously Freaking pirates I thought that was one issue that got settled a long time ago What s next Do I have to worry that Spanish conquistadors are going to start looting their way through North America looking for gold Should we be concerned about the resurrection of the old rum slaves sugar triangle trade We don t have enough to worry about, goddamn pirates gotta make a comeback Oh, well At least it gave El Leonard a topic for a book Unfortunately, the results are mixed Dara Barr is a documentary filmmaker fresh off an Oscar win, and she s gone to Djibouti with her assistant Xavier LeBo to get footage of the Somalia pirates in action In typical Leonard fashion, Dara and Xavier meet a colorful cast of characters, all with their own agendas Idris is getting rich off piracy, and he s got a charming but shady colleague called Henry Billy is a rich Texan sailing the area on his yacht with his companion Helene and an elephant gun, and he thinks that a recently captured tanker filled with liquefied natural gas is involved in an terrorist plot The two Al Qaeda operatives on the ship, including a murderous American born ex convict, seem to confirm Billy s suspicions Leonard s characters usually see themselves and each other in terms of an on going story A Leonard book usually has characters relating events to each other and trying to frame the story to make themselves look cool, and they tend to think in pop culture terms Get Shorty is a prime example with the main character using the events that are happening as his on going pitch for a movie.In Djibouti, Leonard uses a different technique The book takes a jump in time forward to a point where Dara and Xavier are reviewing footage they shot at sea As they re editing and trying to craft a narrative, they re re telling the story to each other and trying to make a coherent plot out of it That continues throughout the book as Dara struggles to put a theme and an ending to her movie That was a new way for Leonard to frame the story, and it s one of theinteresting aspects of the book But he leaves that behind to launch into a pretty typical El Leonard plot, it s just happening in Africa instead of Florida or Detroit this time The book consists almost entirely of dialogue, with characters describing the area and events to each other With an exotic locale, Leonard might have been better served to do a littledescriptive writing.Plus, the plot gets a littleconvoluted and confusing When the main villain finally emerges from the cast, I had to go back and try to find his introduction to the narrative because I couldn t figure out when the others had met him Dara didn t grab me as a main character, either Leonard has done some strong female protagonists before like Karen Sisco and Jackie Brown, but Dara just didn t have the same zing.Nice to see Leonard playing with his structure a bit, but it was a little sloppy and confusing I give him credit for leaving his writing comfort zone to try something a little off beat

  3. Josh Josh says:

    For the first half of the book, Djibouti felt disjointed meandering through the mundane in a mix mash of present and past tense that did little but confuse I got the feeling El Leonard felt the same to an extent Enter James Russell, the character that set the book on a path to redemption a linear plot ensued with Russell at the core along with a terror plot to blow the world into submission Dara, a documentary film maker and her cameraman Xavier are trademark characters full of life, For the first half of the book, Djibouti felt disjointed meandering through the mundane in a mix mash of present and past tense that did little but confuse I got the feeling El Leonard felt the same to an extent Enter James Russell, the character that set the book on a path to redemption a linear plot ensued with Russell at the core along with a terror plot to blow the world into submission Dara, a documentary film maker and her cameraman Xavier are trademark characters full of life, distinction, and color they jump off the page and immediately bond the with reader Much the same goes for the wealthy Billy and his model girlfriend of the moment Helene El Leonard has always written characters and conversations well in Djibouti it s no different Unfortunately it s the early plotting that smeared what would have otherwise been a very good book The documentary film angle in search of modern day pirates was a interesting concept which lacked a bit of polish in the execution It was that very concept, however, that linked Russell to Dara and the others, for which I m glad Djibouti is a miss then a hit for that I give it 3 5

  4. Eric Eric says:

    An interesting premise Somali pirates, a sexy documentary filmmaker, Al Quaeda terrorists, a billionaire playboy that fancies himself a spy, and a highly explosive LNG tanker that gets a bit bogged down in its execution I found the middle of the book littered with too much talking about action than actual action, breaking the cardinal show, don t tell rule of writing The book did, however, pick up in the final act and had a strong ending I can t escape the feeling this book was writte An interesting premise Somali pirates, a sexy documentary filmmaker, Al Quaeda terrorists, a billionaire playboy that fancies himself a spy, and a highly explosive LNG tanker that gets a bit bogged down in its execution I found the middle of the book littered with too much talking about action than actual action, breaking the cardinal show, don t tell rule of writing The book did, however, pick up in the final act and had a strong ending I can t escape the feeling this book was written almost solely to be optioned as a movie, and after some quick Google searching, I found this review, which says You don t have to read between the lines to tell how badly Leonard aches for a film treatment Word is he wants Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow There would be plenty of action, color, and atmosphere Whether those would compensate for a lack of characters who matter is a question

  5. Ray Bearfield Ray Bearfield says:

    I m no different than 17 gazillion other people when it comes to El Leonard He reigns But I had a tough time getting into Djibouti, maybe because of the foreign setting, maybe the difficulty of trying to relate to Somalian pirates and Indian wheeler dealers, maybe just a lack of empathy with the apparent protagonist.But I stayed with it Now I feel like I read a screen treatment This one has Movie Rights written all over it, and I found my mind wandering from one actor to another, sizing I m no different than 17 gazillion other people when it comes to El Leonard He reigns But I had a tough time getting into Djibouti, maybe because of the foreign setting, maybe the difficulty of trying to relate to Somalian pirates and Indian wheeler dealers, maybe just a lack of empathy with the apparent protagonist.But I stayed with it Now I feel like I read a screen treatment This one has Movie Rights written all over it, and I found my mind wandering from one actor to another, sizing them up for the roles, all through the last half of the book.Leonard himself even joins in the fun, punching in a little meta here and there, as when the characters discuss who will play them when the documentary that is the reason for them all getting together is converted to a feature film.So who s in it Morgan Freeman as Xavier, the force who completes the filmmaker, and who owns the story Leonard mentions Naomi Watts in the role of the documentarian, so who am I to argue He puts Will Smith in the bad guy role Makes sense Add Don Cheadle as a pirate and Brad Pitt as the Texan with the big gun and we ll make up the rest as we go along

  6. Kyle Shroufe Kyle Shroufe says:

    El Leonard has been called the best crime writer of our time and many other titles he seems to be given by esteemed publications and people I was unfortunate in choosing to make Djibouti my first El Leonard novel His style, his character development and the general direction his book takes made me somewhat curious I didn t really understand where the book was heading until at least the 3 4 mark and I m not saying that as a compliment Character development was almost non existent an El Leonard has been called the best crime writer of our time and many other titles he seems to be given by esteemed publications and people I was unfortunate in choosing to make Djibouti my first El Leonard novel His style, his character development and the general direction his book takes made me somewhat curious I didn t really understand where the book was heading until at least the 3 4 mark and I m not saying that as a compliment Character development was almost non existent and I found it hard to give a shit about a single character in the novel Not to mention the random sexual refrences that felt forced and far from romantic and the authors strange choice of improper grammer that I can t tell half the time if it s purposfull or just plain unprofessional Regardless of Leonard s past praise not that I m doubting this book does not live up to the hype by any stretch of the imagination Although I m not running out to the book store to purchase a new El Leonard novel, I will give him another chance one of these days because there is a certain charm to his writing that is easy to read yet witty at times Here s hoping that his next book is far better though

  7. David David says:

    El Leonard s latest novel, Djibouti, isn t his best work, but that only means it s still better than 90% of the pop fiction published today.Oscar winning documentary filmmaker Dara Barr goes to Djibouti intending to make a new film she dislikes the term doc about the Somali pirates Her assistant, Xavier, has already been in Djibouti awhile and made arrangements to rent a boat They quickly almost too quickly to be believed fall in with one of the pirates, as well as his Arabic arms de El Leonard s latest novel, Djibouti, isn t his best work, but that only means it s still better than 90% of the pop fiction published today.Oscar winning documentary filmmaker Dara Barr goes to Djibouti intending to make a new film she dislikes the term doc about the Somali pirates Her assistant, Xavier, has already been in Djibouti awhile and made arrangements to rent a boat They quickly almost too quickly to be believed fall in with one of the pirates, as well as his Arabic arms dealer The first third of the book is oddly constructed Leonard gives us two chapters of straight narrative setup, then leaps forward in time to the point where Dara has finished filming There is then three or four chapters told in retrospect, as Dara and Xavier watch the raw footage they ve shot and discuss how to structure the film But Leonard finally settles into his groove about midway through the book, and the story unfolds from there.The problem is that it s also at that point that the action really begins, making everything up to that point feel like fluff or a cheat The ending, too, wraps up a little too quickly and neatly And there are a couple of characters who simply disappear from the story without any resolution But what I found most lacking from the book was Leonard s trademark banter, his snappy dialogue There were hints of it from time to time, but overall the characters just weren t very hip or interesting Which is a shame, because the book is about pirates, so I expected some really cool badasses However, the pirates barely make an appearance in the book, and when they do, they re not very cool or badass.If Djibouti were written by anyone else, I d say the author needed to do one or tworewrites But this was written by El effing Leonard, one of the best writers living, so he probably has his reasons for building the book the way he did I just can t figure them out

  8. Nigeyb Nigeyb says:

    It s not often I don t finish a book, especially one that I will be discussing with my book group which is how I came to have the misfortune to pick this up but Djibouti defeated me I enjoy crime writing, and the best of the genre e.g Chandler, Mankel, Rankin is right up there with some of best reading experiences literature has to offer, both in terms of exploring universal themes and delivering gripping stories Djibouti turns all that on its head.Dara Barr attractive young female docu It s not often I don t finish a book, especially one that I will be discussing with my book group which is how I came to have the misfortune to pick this up but Djibouti defeated me I enjoy crime writing, and the best of the genre e.g Chandler, Mankel, Rankin is right up there with some of best reading experiences literature has to offer, both in terms of exploring universal themes and delivering gripping stories Djibouti turns all that on its head.Dara Barr attractive young female documentary maker and Xavier her septuagenarian, six foot six African American male minder tell most of this story in flashback, as they sit reviewing their film footage of Somalian pirates to turn into a new documentary This process results in some of the most hackneyed, cliche ridden and confusing dialogue I have read Open this book at almost any page and you will encounter nonsensical, faux hard boiled exchanges between these two thinly drawn characters After around 50 pages I couldn t take anyI skipped ahead to find out how the story ended and was very relieved not to have wasted anytime on this intensely annoying, badly written story El Leonard is very well regarded and, whilst not having read any of his other books, I ve enjoyed some of the cinematic adaptations of his work most notably Jackie Brown , so can only conclude this book is an anomaly Either way, give it a wide berth, it s atrocious

  9. Wiley Wiley says:

    I did read the whole bookwaiting for something to happenHoping for something to happen The geographical setting and events seemed very promising for a great tale Somalia, pirates, ship hijackings captures, World navies counteractions, etc Page by page i was hoping to get the point of the whole story Very disappointed All the pieces were there, but never congealed SPOILER SPOILERSPOILERAt the very end, it was sort of like Leonard said to himself, Well, I m tired of this and even I don I did read the whole bookwaiting for something to happenHoping for something to happen The geographical setting and events seemed very promising for a great tale Somalia, pirates, ship hijackings captures, World navies counteractions, etc Page by page i was hoping to get the point of the whole story Very disappointed All the pieces were there, but never congealed SPOILER SPOILERSPOILERAt the very end, it was sort of like Leonard said to himself, Well, I m tired of this and even I don t have a clue where it is going, where I thought I was heading, so..I ll just stop typing and send this off to the Publisher, and go to bed Speaking of bed.BIGGER SPOILER BIGGERSPOILER

  10. David David says:

    Never thought I d dislike a Leonard book, but this one was dare I say it a real stinkeroo It s thinly plotted, disjointed, and almost cynically tries to encompass current events in the Gulf of Aden Dutch used to be a master of low life dialogue, but in Djibouti all the characters speak like his Detroit hoodlums of yore you can t tell who s saying what And speaking of the characters, nary a one is sympathetic In summary, this is the first and only Leonard novel, out of dozens, that I q Never thought I d dislike a Leonard book, but this one was dare I say it a real stinkeroo It s thinly plotted, disjointed, and almost cynically tries to encompass current events in the Gulf of Aden Dutch used to be a master of low life dialogue, but in Djibouti all the characters speak like his Detroit hoodlums of yore you can t tell who s saying what And speaking of the characters, nary a one is sympathetic In summary, this is the first and only Leonard novel, out of dozens, that I quit reading before the end I just didn t care enough about the outcome

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