Why was I so interested in camels? Because much of the story is set in
Algeria where my hero Lucas Saintclair takes the heroine Harriet
Montague in the hope of finding her missing father. On the way, they encounter danger
and treason, adventure and passion - it is a romance after all! They also hook
up with a Tuareg tribe to travel to Tamanrasset, and Harriet gets to find out a
little about the nomads' way of life.
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Camels aren't only essential to local tribes as a means of transport. They are also companions and 'an inexhaustible source of information'. Not only do they know where to find pastures and water holes, but they also warn their owners of dangers and trouble ahead. Some nomads even claim that their camel can talk!
Here are a few examples recorded by the authors. When a camel walks around the campsite several times at dawn then kneels down in front of its master's tent and grunts, it is warning about unwelcome visitors. When it stands looking to the East sniffing the air for several hours, it announces a storm. And if a camel refuses to stand up whilst being harnessed, it's a sign that its owner shouldn't travel that day, but stay in his tent and drink tea.
I completely empathise with that camel. I often feel like that in the morning too!