One Degree South

Steve Snook

One Degree South is a sweeping tale of love, politics and witchcraft set in the oil-rich nation of Gabon just as the Cold War ends. The U.S. relationship with African dictators suddenly changes and election fervor, which dominates the headlines in African capitals, sweeps through the remotest of tiny villages.
Stephen L. Snook’s One Degree South is one of the most powerful first novels I’ve ever come across. Snook is both a master storyteller and a perceptive and insightful observer. The novel is part love story, part political narrative and part supernatural thriller.” — Twin Cities Arts & Opera Critic William Randall writing at
Stephen L. Snook’s One Degree South is a colorful African tapestry of romance, mystery and a little witchcraft. This debut novel by an author who worked in Africa for 25 years is a perfect summer read.” — Mary Ann Grossmann, Saint Paul Pioneer-Press
Stephen L. Snook is a specialist in international development who has spent over 25 years living and working in Africa. In addition to Gabon, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer, he has worked in (or visited) Botswana, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Haiti. Steve has a doctorate in political science from the University of Florida. He is married, the father of three daughters, and currently lives in Vermont. This is his first novel.

Amazon Reviews—

Lauren Montgomery-Rinehart writes: Beautiful, perceptive, and human account of the encounter of two worlds…that become one. This is a beautifully and intelligently written book. If you like politics, world cultures, and keen insight into the relationships between two Others, this is the book for you. If you enjoy reading about Peace Corps, Gabon, or Africa, this is the book for you. I love the characters and the voice. I love the language and cultural insights. This is a 100% enjoyable read. I found myself getting lost in the narrative and world Snook created.

From Mike Livingston: Fantastic reading! Extremely well written and vivid in it’s descriptions of the terrain and the people in that part of the world.