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In the spring of 1976, matters of the heart are strictly controlled by racist doctrines. In that toxic mix of segregation and tribal mistrust, an unlikely union between a black man and a white woman - an Afrikaner - shocks the nation.

The Zebra Affaire: An Apartheid Love Story

It's the spring of '76. For Elsa, her affair with Stanwell may well prove lethal, as she's white and he's black, and they dared to fall in love in apartheid South Africa. The terrified lovers are the prey in a deadly manhunt from the golden city of Johannesburg to the exotic but dangerous wilds of the African Bushveld.

When affairs of the State battle affaires of the heart, ordinary people become heroes!

The Zebra Affaire is a thrilling fusion of romance and suspense - laced with rich South African history. The tension is palpable as the persecuted couple race against time and bigotry. Reviewers rave about this intimate, yet dangerous, love story, that's set against a canvas that is both vividly authentic and powerfully provocative.

©2014, 2015 Mark J Fine (P)2017 Mark J Fine

Critic Reviews

"Intensely dazzling...not a black and white story, a rainbow story with the rich colors of lives in turmoil." (Elizabeth Newton, author of View from the Sixth Floor)
" The Zebra Affaire grips your soul and won't let go. Never mind zebras, think lions, raw and roar." (Geoff Nelder, author of ARIA: Left Luggage)

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Extraordinary tale from a horrifying world

I received a copy of this audiobook via AudioBoom in exchange for an objective review. This is most probably a story I would never have sought/found on my own as it put me in the midst of an alien world where all I consider normal was turned upside down. The book begins in 1976 during the iron-fisted attempts by the South African government to maintain and strengthen apartheid in the midst of a changing world. First fact previously unknown to me: the S.A. government prohibited television until 1976, and no one in South Africa had been able to witness the moon landing in '69. I've rounded my rating up from what would be a 4.5 to a five; my one reservation was that the book strove to convey so much information that the eponymous love story sometimes suffered. But I went with the five stars because overall, I am very grateful that I was able to experience this book. I learned so much and was ashamed by how little I had known or cared about what was happening to my fellow human beings. The love story itself, while it sprang to life a bit too quickly, was a beautiful one. Romance readers should know, however, that while there is a sense of peace at the end of the book, there is no traditional happily-ever-after. I am grateful to Mark Fine for writing this book and for AudioBook for sharing it with me, and I hope that many readers and listeners will give it a try. The audio performance was excellent, and I was sorry to reach the end.

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This story deserves 6 stars!

The story of Elsa and Stanwell is raw and beautiful, the writing is impactful, emotive and attention capturing. This book is in the top 1% of books I've read, I can't recommend it highly enough.

The combination of this forbidden love and the setting combined to create a story that as tragic as it is beautiful.

The narrator did a fantastic job of matching voices to the characters and conveying the emotions and tones of the story.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Magical sounds of The Zebra Affaire

The Zebra Affaire” is a must-listen audiobook for those who are not familiar with life in South Africa in the 70's. For an ex-pat, a former South African, it will take you back to a time when South Africa was the world’s pariah. Though the nostalgia will overwhelm you; the places, the foods, even the local vernacular will tug at your heartstrings due to the authentic (yet easily understood) accents as narrated by Dennis Kleinman. In this Audible collaboration, Fine & Kleinman are pretty amazing, creative artists with words, they have captured the colors, images and scents in sound, of not only the entire country, but also the people (in all their hues), and scored the movements and events of the era.

Unfortunately, we are still challenged across the racial divide. Change does not come easy. And that is why “The Zebra Affaire” is really significant, and why I’m so grateful I discovered and heard it. I sincerely hope this audiobook makes its way to the Museum of Tolerance, colleges, schools and other venues that champion human rights and dignity. I believe it is that important!

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Life, Love and Factual Fiction

A wonderfully crafted story of a forbidden love set in a tumultuous time. Beautifully written and amazingly performed. A must-have in a person's library!

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