Review  - The Chicken Thief (Penguin Books) 

ISBN 9780143538554

Published  - 2014
Author - Fiona Leonard
Genre – Fiction 

My Rating: 4/5 


'Alois is The Chicken Thief, a bright young man struggling to find his way in a southern African country wracked by political unrest and a crumbling economy. Through a chance encounter, Alois is set to make some fast money. But the enterprise goes horribly wrong, and he finds himself in a complicated and perilous struggle to rescue a war hero and transform the political landscape. Though an unlikely hero, Alois discovers, in this charming and fast-paced adventure, that both dreams and justice are within his grasp. '

The story unfolds with a rather nimble Alois who has perfected the craft of stealing chickens in order to 'make a living'. Alois is no ordinary chicken thief, he has somehow inherited the ability to hypnotize these unsuspecting fowls into submission, his attention to detail and ability to observe his prey from a distance has made him a master of his craft.... that is until one day he gets a tap on his shoulder which will change the course of his life forever ....

Having unwittingly been caught up in a past and now present revolutionary movement of a southern African country, Alois demonstrates a courage and understanding beyond his years, reveals secrets about his parents and discovers that the love of his life shares his feelings.

It is an epic journey of thievery turned to patriotic heroism that will keep you enthralled from beginning to end.

I have made a point this year of stepping out of the box , of reading new and/or local authors, this book of Fiona Leonard is a prime example of why we all should broaden our horizons when it comes to reading . THE CHICKEN THIEF is Fiona Leonard's first published novel and I am looking forward to many more. The book is  a face paced intriguing web of a chapter in a young mans life, it takes you from mystery and intrigue to a sense of dismay and then to a strong sense of patriotism for a country unknown. 
I loved it!

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