Don Brobst, born in New Jersey and educated in Chicago, is a practicing physician and the Medical Director of the State of Alabama. Trained in family practice in Illinois, Don and his family moved to Birmingham in 1993. A proven leader in the field of medicine and member of the American Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, he divides his time between his practice, family, writing, and working in Africa.
The dedicated father of three wonderful children, Wendy, Jonathan and Andrea, he’s passionate about writing while understanding the importance of family, which includes six grandchildren.
Spending time in New York is one of his driving passions, even though he is unable to spend the time he would like in his favorite city in the world.
Working in the villages of Sudan, Don leads teams that deliver desperately needed medical care to the poor and needy deep in the African bush, as well as refugees throughout Egypt and Ethiopia. Delivering medical care to those who need it most, he considers himself deeply fortunate to be in a position to do so, regardless of the risks and inconveniences of life on the front lines.
Because of his work in the heart of these nations, Don is in an unusual position of trust, which allows him access to areas of the world considered to be “off limits” to non-medical personnel. The insight he’s gained from these operations has been the key to unlocking secrets revealed in The Ghost of Africa and the sequels that follow.
Don thrives on adventure, intrigue, and adrenaline. His pursuit of the thrill is not thrust upon him—it is that which makes him unique, and opens doors otherwise barred. He will go wherever he can to do what he can.
“Brobst is a talented storyteller, and he expertly unspools his plot to maximize both tension and suspense. He draws on his own experience as a doctor and traveler in Africa to create a world that feels both weighty and credible . . . A well-constructed, immersive adventure set in Central Africa.”
– Kirkus Reviews
Brobst (Thirteen Months, 2011) tells the story of a doctor’s attempts to save lives amid a civil war in his new thriller.
Dr. Paul Branson is returning to the tiny village of Matta in South Sudan for the first time since the death of his wife, Nicki. Establishing a clinic for the villagers of Matta was a dream Paul and Nicki shared, and he feels compelled to continue their work in her memory even if it means leaving their daughter back in the States alone. The villagers, particularly a leukemia-afflicted girl, Leza, give Paul a reason to get up in the morning, but there are greater troubles in South Sudan than Paul’s grief. A terrorist group, the Lord’s Resistance Army, under the command of the brutal Jason Quinn, has learned that Paul was involved in chemical weapons research as a graduate student. He discovered something so potentially dangerous the U.S. government has sworn Paul to secrecy. Quinn has plans for Paul’s information, however, and is willing to go to great lengths to achieve his aims. What’s more, a man-killing panther stalks the night. As a Matta elder reminds Paul, “The black panther is the shadow of death. We call it the Ghost of Africa, and for a reason. Its presence means something evil is about to happen or that someone is going to die.” Paul came to Africa to save lives, but he may be forced to do just the opposite. Brobst is a talented storyteller, and he expertly unspools his plot to maximize both tension and suspense. He draws on his own experience as a doctor and traveler in Africa to create a world that feels both weighty and credible. Though the plot drifts uncomfortably into white-savior territory (Paul is deemed the “Chosen One”), the supporting characters are vibrant and fully realized.
A well-constructed, immersive adventure set in Central Africa.
Pub Date: April 26, 2016
Page count: 348pp
Publisher: Waterfall Press
Review Posted Online: Dec. 16, 2016
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2017
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