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The Dung Beetles of Liberia by Daniel V. Meier Jr. is on virtual book tour. The adventure, historical fiction stops at Readeropolis...

The Dung Beetles of Liberia by Daniel V. Meier Jr. is on virtual book tour.

The adventure, historical fiction stops at Readeropolis with an author guest post.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $50 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

'Dash' In Liberia

Historically, we, as Americans, have always had trouble with the idea of bribes; of slipping a bill under the table. as it were. to ‘grease the wheels’ of government…or of any establishment or business for that matter. And we generally don’t like to bargain for goods at stores.

In Liberia, however, bribery is the way of life. In the 60’s, when the story of “The Dung Beetles of Liberia” takes place, the first words a visitor would hear is “dash” or “my Saturday.” At the airport the immigration officials require “dash” to get you beyond their desk. The customs officials need their “Saturday” if you want to retain all of your bags and their contents.

These are not tips. If you don’t pay the dash, you don’t get the service.

If you want to park your car while you go to see a movie, a boy, a “yana boy”, will come up to you and say, “Haloo ya, I watch yo car an you help me small, oh. Jus fie cen.” Translation: I’ll watch your car while you’re gone. Just five cents. Now, you could refuse to pay him, but would you want to risk it?

Motorists are routinely stopped for insignificant or invisible infractions: a crooked license plate or a dirty windshield. The motorist not only had to pay a fine, but then be asked, “I say, my fren, a small saturday before you go, oh”

The Ducor Palace Hotel was known as one of the most luxurious and classiest hotels in Africa, but dash was necessary if you wanted a towel or toilet paper.

Why is this so prevalent? Well, it’s obvious that the street boy doesn’t have a job and he needs the money, but the policemen many times need supplements to their income because they would rarely get paid on time. If there was lower unemployment and steady paying jobs, would the dash persist. Hard to say, but probably.

But all that is only the most superficial corruption.

The deeply entrenched, widespread government corruption that was sapping  the country of its economic strength was mind-boggling.

In blogs to come I will be showing that the guiltiest Liberians were the Americo-Liberians, descendants of the original freed slaved that sailed from America and settled in Africa in the 1800’s.  They had replicated a society not unlike the Ante-bellum South; yet in Liberia, they were the rich, living in mansions, and the native Liberians were the 2nd class citizens.

The Dung Beetles of Liberia 
by Daniel V. Meier Jr. 
Genre: Adventure, Historical Fiction 

Based on the remarkable true account of a young American who landed in Liberia in 1961.

Ken Verrier is not happy, nor at peace. He is experiencing the turbulence of Ishmael and the guilt of his brother's death. His sudden decision to drop out of college and deal with his demons shocks his family, his friends, and especially his girlfriend, soon to have been his fiancee. His destination: Liberia - The richest country in Africa both in monetary wealth and in natural resources.

Nothing could have prepared Ken for the experiences he was about to live through. He quickly realizes that he has arrived in a place where he understands very little of what is considered normal, where the dignity of life has little meaning, and where he can trust no one.

Flying into the interior bush as a transport pilot, Ken learns quickly. He witnesses first-hand the disparate lives of the Liberian "Country People" and the "Congo People" also known as Americo-Liberians. These descendants of President Monroe's American Colonization Policy that sent freed slaves back to Africa in the 1800's have set up a strict hierarchical society not unlike the antebellum South.

Author Dan Meier describes Ken's many escapades, spanning from horrifying to whimsical, with engaging and fast-moving narrative that ultimately describe a society upon which the wealthy are feeding and in which the poor are being buried.

It's a novel that will stay with you long after the last word has been read. 

2019 Grand Prize Winner - Red City Review 

The story weaves drama, dark comedy, and romance throughout a rich tapestry of narration 


**On Sale for only $2.99 until the end of August!!**  

A retired Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA, Daniel V. Meier, Jr. has always had a passion for writing. During his college years, he studied History at The University of North Carolina Wilmington and American Literature at The University of Maryland Graduate School. In 1980 he was published by Leisure Books under the pen name of Vice Daniels. He also worked briefly for the Washington Business Journal as a journalist and has been a contributing writer/editor for several aviation magazines.

Dan and his wife live in Owings, Maryland, about twenty miles south of Annapolis and when he's not writing, they spend their summers sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. 

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