by Himadri Kishore Dasgupta
Price: Rs 150. Genre: fiction / adventure / teen fiction / young adult fiction / mystery. Pages: 192. Binding: paperback. ISBN 978-93-83809-03-5
Deep within the heart of Africa lies a remote valley surrounded by the mountain ranges of the Great Rift. Home to the fierce Pygmy tribes protected by Lord Tyburu, the sacred western mountain is forbidden to all outsiders. Explorers who ever dared to reach there had met gruesome ends. There, amid the verdant forests of Burundi, dwells the Green Ape. Gigantic and elusive, all that explorers have ever traced of him is his footmarks — with just four toes.
Cryptozoologist Friedrich Hermann, along with his Indian friend Sudipto, braves all in search of this fabled creature. Pitted against McQueena Dyer, the ruthless diamond merchant of Zanzibar with his Masai army, and the Pygmy Chief Otumba with his warriors armed with poisonous arrows — Hermann, Sudipto and guide Togo embark on a blood-curdling adventure to reach the King of Zanzibar. But at what price?
Past the panoramic expanse of Lake Tanganyika and a dangerous trek along the river Ruzizi, they reach the forbidden valley. What awaits them is not a scientific discovery but an eternal saga of human greed and misfortune.