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Among the Okapi
by John S. Taylor

When a young, financially challenged lab demonstrator named Fred is approached by a mysterious professor, Dr. Smith, to help write up his notes from research he did on the okapi in the Congo, Fred is delighted. Not only will it give him a chance to get to know the enigmatic prof, the extra pay will also go a long way toward solving his financial woes. However, Fred’s situation soon becomes complicated. After making a number of regrettable decisions, he embarks on a promising romance with Esther, a student from his hometown. Meanwhile, the more he gets to know Dr. Smith, the deeper Fred, Esther—and virtually everyone else in their orbit—are pulled into a dark secret from Dr. Smith’s past. Soon, the same mystery that ties them all together also threatens to tear their lives apart.

“Deep character development breathes life into a smart, complex novel that transcends academia-novel tropes.” —Kirkus Review “Quiet symbols and fragile but enduring relationships populate the dramatic novel Among the Okapi, a modern parable about securing inner peace.”" —Foreward Clarion Review

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John S. Taylor is a former federal research scientist and adjunct professor at the University of Calgary. He has travelled extensively in Africa, including the Congo. His previous publishing credits include scientific papers, as well as a number of short stories published in the Antigonish Review and the Windsor Review. John lives in Victoria, B.C., with his wife. When he’s not writing, he enjoys gardening, growing orchids, playing piano, and travel. This is his first novel.


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