Inside ‘The Revival’: Zvifadzo Mtengwa

Book buzz by Baz bhasera

Every now and then there are some exceptional literary works that “escape through the cracks” as we say. Zvifadzo Mtengwas novel “the retrieval” is one such book. Published in 2018, the book hasn’t received much attention 5 years down the line.

Many people have never heard of this fantastic work. There are a number of reasons why this is so but I can guarantee you it has nothing to do with a lack of mastery or flaws in Zvifadzos penmanship.

Her writing is surely excellent and even astounding especially when you hear Zvifadzos life story. Zvifadzo turned 39 in 2018 and launched her first book, The Retrieval. A brain tumor, loss of vision, loss of hearing and immobility didn’t hinder her from penning down an amazing 197-page novel.

The Retrieval by Zvifadzo Mtengwa is a brilliant action and romance novel that tells the story of Nina, a young African woman who is the daughter of an African ambassador. When her father is kidnapped by a group of men, Nina is forced to go on the run with Nick, a mysterious stranger who helps her to rescue her father.

The novel is fast-paced and full of suspense, as Nina and Nick race against time to find her father. Along the way, they must face danger from both the kidnappers and the authorities. But even in the midst of danger, Nina and Nick find themselves falling in love. Along the way, they encounters a cast of colorful characters, including a ruthless diamond smuggler, a mysterious ally, and the discovery of a father who may not be who he seems.

The Retrieval is a well-written and exciting novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is a must-read for fans of action, romance, and suspense.

Here are some of the things that I liked about the book:

  • The characters are well-developed and relatable. Nina is a strong and independent woman who is determined to save her father. Nick is a mysterious and intriguing character who helps Nina on her journey.
  • The plot is fast-paced and full of suspense. The reader is kept guessing until the very end.
  • The setting is vividly described. The reader feels like they are right there with Nina and Nick as they race through the landscape of a mysterious African country.

Here are some of the things that I didn’t like about the book:

  • The ending is maybe a bit too predictable but still very good.
  • The book could have used a bit more character development for some of the secondary characters.

The Retrieval is a fast-paced, action-packed novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you’re looking for a great read, the buzz this week is all about “The Retrieval” by Zvifadzo Mtengwa.


You can purchase The Retrieval on Amazon.

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