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Here's a draft of the cover for my latest. It still needs some tweaking, but I'd be grateful for your impressions of the overall idea. Thanks!

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Oh, and here's a blurb to help judge:

Name: Archie Parsons. Occupation: Malaria consultant. Hobbies: Mosquito husbandry. Boulder climbing. Long walks at sunset in failed states.
That last one nearly gets Archie killed when he is mugged fresh off a plane in Monrovia,Liberia. He is lucky to limit the damage to a scalp contusion and a stolen passport.
Turns out, these weren't run-of-the-mill thugs. They work for a powerful and shadowy industrial consortium. Their goals: murder and identity theft. They seek Archie's visas and connections to lubricate a killing spree of obstructive politicians and activists. These executions are to be conducted by their lead assassin - a man named Black.
During a second attempt involving Black himself, Archie's would-be killer is accidentally killed by a freak accident in an airport washroom. But the consortium assumes that their man prevailed. He's Agent Black, after all.
They blindly shuttle Archie around West Africa, providing tickets and weapons and intelligence via briefcases left in luxury hotel suites. For a time he plays along, exploiting this mistaken identity to warn intended targets of their peril.
When the consortium discovers their error, they dispatch Black's East African counterpart, a man named White, to set things right. Archie finds himself pitted against the most brutal corporate assassin on the African continent. The State Department won't help him because he's officially deceased and some of their people are consortium plants. The only person who comes to his aide is his cat-sitter Melissa, a young woman whose shadowy past makes her much more formidable than she seems.
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I like it overall, but the font for "vultures" doesn't fit, in my opinion.
My first thought on looking at your post was, nice cover but that font has to go. Then I read the blurb and thought, sounds good but maybe too intense for my tastes. When I scrolled down and saw the comment in the second post I thought to myself, Wow, I was right about that font.

How does it look as a thumbnail?

The graphics are still okay, although not as eye catching as the full size image, and Vultures looks good, but the rest of the text on the cover doesn't come through very well at all. My thoughts are to go with cleaner fonts so that vultures looks better full size and the rest is readable in a thumbnail. But my artistic sense isn't very good, so I won't feel bad if you think I'm way wrong on the fonts.

Good luck with the book.
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Thanks. Yeah, I was worried about that font.
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