The Dung Beetles of Liberia

Daniel Meier is a really terrific writer. His sentences are to the point, and though prosaic, come alive every now and then with a hint of the poetic.

About The Book

2019 Grand Prize Winner – Red City Review

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

*****The story weaves drama, dark comedy, and romance throughout a rich tapestry of narration –THE SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW

  • 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 HIM FOR THE EXPERIENCES HE WAS ABOUT TO LIVE THROUGH. Ken 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.
  • It’s a novel that will stay will you long after the last word has been read.

Readers say

” Daniel Meier is a really terrific writer. His sentences are to the point, and though prosaic, come alive every now and then with a hint of the poetic. “

Amazon reviewer

” This book is set in Liberia, an unusual site for a story to say the least…so that drew my interest at first “

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Daniel V. Meier Jr.

About the Author

Daniel Meier graduated from UNCW (University of North Carolina, Wilmington) with a major in History. He served in the United States Navy and later studied American Literature at The University of Maryland Graduate School and began writing.Meanwhile, he taught English and History at a private high school, worked as a flight instructor and a pilot examiner for the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). In 1980, Leisure Books published a mystery/ thriller that he wrote under the ‘nom de plume’ Vince Daniels. In addition, he published short stories in college literary magazines and worked for the Washington Business Journal as a journalist. He was also a contributing editor to several aviation magazines and worked as a technical writer/editor for a U.S. government contractor.For the past two decades he has served the FAA as an Aviation Safety Inspector for flight operations working mostly out of the Washington D.C. headquarters. He is now retired and therefore has had an opportunity to return to his writing.He and his wife live in Owings Maryland, about 20 miles south of Annapolis, and spend summers sailing their Bayfield 36 on the Chesapeake Bay.

The Dung Beetles of Liberia

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