I love the Amazon reviewer who said Heart of Diamonds is "...all story - story - story."
She also said
"The story takes place against the background of the mess that is the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In HofD, the Congo itself is the thread that runs throughout the book, brings the characters together, develops and changes their relationships. In this book, the DRC is not just a prop to the characters, it makes the characters (or destroys them)."That comment pleased me greatly since the reviewer has traveled in Africa and knows whereof she speaks.
Dave Donelson, author of Heart of Diamonds