The author of I Came Out Alive has given us an amazing adventure story, which purports to be true, but which reads like fantastic fiction. A gentleman adventurer, he shipped for Africa with an engineer sent out to ascertain the facts behind rumors of the existence of a certain rare metal. Mikhelson's part was that of a fancy bodyguard, companion, etc. He had nothing to do with the technical aspects. Plots, intrigue, hostile natives, unscrupulous promoters, a melodramatic panorama, which makes good entertainment but fails to be convincing. Some of the commentary on the relations of whites and natives is revealing -- and disturbing. Good reading -- for those who liked books like Green Hell.