August 24, 2020

The Dung Beetles of Liberia


The Dung Beetles of Liberia 
by Daniel V. Meier Jr. 
Genre: Adventure, Historical Fiction 

Based on the remarkable true account of a young American who landed in Liberia in 1961.

Ken Verrier is not happy, nor at peace. He is experiencing the turbulence of Ishmael and the guilt of his brother's death. His sudden decision to drop out of college and deal with his demons shocks his family, his friends, and especially his girlfriend, soon to have been his fiancee. His destination: Liberia - The richest country in Africa both in monetary wealth and in natural resources.

Nothing could have prepared Ken for the experiences he was about to live through. He quickly realizes that he has arrived in a place where he understands very little of what is considered normal, where the dignity of life has little meaning, and where he can trust no one.

Flying into the interior bush as a transport pilot, Ken learns quickly. He witnesses first-hand the disparate lives of the Liberian "Country People" and the "Congo People" also known as Americo-Liberians. These descendants of President Monroe's American Colonization Policy that sent freed slaves back to Africa in the 1800's have set up a strict hierarchical society not unlike the antebellum South.

Author Dan Meier describes Ken's many escapades, spanning from horrifying to whimsical, with engaging and fast-moving narrative that ultimately describe a society upon which the wealthy are feeding and in which the poor are being buried.

It's a novel that will stay with you long after the last word has been read. 

2019 Grand Prize Winner - Red City Review 

The story weaves drama, dark comedy, and romance throughout a rich tapestry of narration 


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A retired Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA, Daniel V. Meier, Jr. has always had a passion for writing. During his college years, he studied History at The University of North Carolina Wilmington and American Literature at The University of Maryland Graduate School. In 1980 he was published by Leisure Books under the pen name of Vice Daniels. He also worked briefly for the Washington Business Journal as a journalist and has been a contributing writer/editor for several aviation magazines.

Dan and his wife live in Owings, Maryland, about twenty miles south of Annapolis and when he's not writing, they spend their summers sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. 

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  1. The book sounds so intriguing. The cover is eye catching.

  2. sounds like it will be an intense read. the cover and title definitely caught my attention
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. Sounds like an interesting book with an eye catching cover.

  4. Interesting cover and story. I like that it is based on a true story. Thanks for the chance.

  5. I can't imagine growing up in this time period. It sounds like he has a lot on his plate!

  6. Such a memorable cover and an even more curious title!

  7. Coming from a guy who judges a book by its cover, the cover looks phenomenal really inviting.

  8. The book cover goes with the story.

  9. The book cover art is graphic and very appealing!

  10. Love the bright cover and it sounds like a book i would enjoy reading too.


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