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This story follows three families and one black rhino through the difficult transition of the former colonial southern Rhodesia to what is now Zimbabwe. During the three decades of war and political upheaval, a large number of species became endangered, including the humans living there. Although Park captures the unsettled and dangerous nature of the era, his characters are somewhat stereotypical, and the story could use judicious editing to eliminate redundant and unnecessary content. Narrator Richard Aspel's presentation of black African accents makes those characters sound almost robotic. Still, listeners who enjoy epic historical fiction might find this audiobook appealing.—Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Providence
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  • ISBN-13: 9780857385673
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

    African Dawn is the eighth novel by Australian author, Tony Park

    African Dawn is the eighth novel by Australian author, Tony Park, and in it, he revisits the setting and characters of his third novel, African Sky. Park takes three Rhodesian families, the Bryants and the Ngwenyas (who will both be familiar to readers of African Sky) and the Quilter-Phippses, and follows them through the turbulent years from 1959 to 2011.The fate of a rhino calf, Makuti is also monitored. From British colony, through independence to black rule and seizure of white-owned farms, Park tracks events in Rhodesia’s recent history and demonstrates their effect on the human inhabitants, both black and white, and certain endangered animals of the country. Park creates a cast of characters with depth, variety and appeal; their dilemmas and conflicts are realistic and credible; their passions, often fierce. Park manages to make the convoluted history and politics of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe easily digestible by incorporating them into a story that is interesting and exciting. Park’s plot is original, has quite a few twists and encompasses racial tensions, wildlife conservation, political corruption and family dynamics. Murder, kidnapping, imprisonment, poaching and plane crashes all feature. Having skilfully set up his characters and events, Park takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride to the story’s dramatic climax. Park’s Army background, his extensive research and his knowledge of Africa are apparent in every sentence. Another page-turner.

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