The Last Savanna [NOOK Book]

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With Africa's last elephants dying under the poachers' guns, Kenya rancher and former SAS officer Ian MacAdam leads a commando squad against them. Pursuing the poachers through jungled mountains and searing deserts he battles thirst, solitude, terror and lethal animals, only to find that the poachers have kidnapped a young archaeologist, Rebecca Hecht, whom he once loved and bitterly lost. McAdam embarks upon a desperate trek to save not only Rebecca but his own soul in an Africa torn apart by wars, ...
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With Africa's last elephants dying under the poachers' guns, Kenya rancher and former SAS officer Ian MacAdam leads a commando squad against them. Pursuing the poachers through jungled mountains and searing deserts he battles thirst, solitude, terror and lethal animals, only to find that the poachers have kidnapped a young archaeologist, Rebecca Hecht, whom he once loved and bitterly lost. McAdam embarks upon a desperate trek to save not only Rebecca but his own soul in an Africa torn apart by wars, overpopulation, and the slaughter of its last wildlife. Based on the author's experiences pursuing elephant poachers in the wilds of East Africa.
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Editorial Reviews

Nottingham Observer - Newspaper Review
“Mike Bond’s THE LAST SAVANNA is shot
through with images of the natural world at its
most fearsome and most merciful. With his
weapons, man is a conqueror – without them
he is a fugitive in an alien land. Bond touches
on the vast and eerie depths that lie under the
thin crust of civilization and the base instinct
within man to survive – instincts that surpass
materialism. A thoroughly enjoyable read that
comes highly recommended.&
Publishers Weekly - Newspaper Reviews
TIBETAN CROSS
Bond's deft thriller will reinforce your worst fears about the CIA and the Bomb. A taut, tense tale of pursuit through exotic and unsavory locales. (Publishers Weekly)
One of the most exciting in recent fiction…an astonishing thriller that speaks profoundly about the venality of governments and the nobility of man.( San Francisco Examiner)

HOLY WAR
A profound tale of war, written with grace and understanding by a novelist who thoroughly knows the subject
REVIEW - KIRKUS BOOK
SAVING PARADISE - KIRKUS

In the latest thriller from Bond (The Last Savanna, 2013, etc.), an Afghanistan War veteran–turned-surfer risks his life and freedom to search for a journalist’s murderer.

When Pono Hawkins finds surfing-magazine correspondent Sylvia Gordon’s lifeless body floating off the shore of Oahu, police quickly determine that she was murdered, but then promptly change their minds and rule it an accidental drowning. Pono makes it his mission
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016577814
  • Publisher: Mandevilla Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 18,222
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Bestselling author,advisor to the US and foreign governments, human rights and war correspondent, award-winning poet and international energy expert, Mike Bond has lived and worked in over thirty countries on six continents. His works have been translated into several languages and have been praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic for their intricate plots, fascinating characters, extraordinary settings, and explosive pace.

Based on his own experiences in dangerous, remote, and war-torn regions, his novels look deeply into the dark side of man as well as the good. They mix the terror and fury of battle and the intense joy of love, the vanishing beauty of the natural world, and the nature of the universe and its many meanings for human life. His lean unsentimental raw prose, free of best-seller formulas and literary pretension, conveys through the lives of real people what it means to be deeply alive, to hunger for a better world.

Dealing with political truths few else discuss, Mike Bond’s writings have been widely quoted by military experts, intelligence analysts, and political thinkers. How do we live, his books ask, at the deepest level? How does evil masquerade as good? What are politics, government, and intelligence behind their many masks? The secrets behind international deals, dirty wars, assassinations, and coups? How does one lead a good life and care for others in a world of danger and evil?
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    This is a deep, moving and wonderful book. I've never seen Afric

    This is a deep, moving and wonderful book. I've never seen Africa described so well. The animals, the people, the landscape, languages, everything comes through as if you were there. A beautiful and unique book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2013

    Fours stars - very good! Africa, the beast, the beauty: you eith

    Fours stars - very good! Africa, the beast, the beauty: you either hate or love it!

    The Last Savannah is an African action adventure playing itself out in the deserts, savannas and wildness of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

    Ian MacAdam, a Kenyan farmer and former SAS officer, cannot deny his assistance when an old friend who saved is life numerous times, ask him to join a commando hunting down the poachers of the last elephants of Kenya. This request forces him to a make a final choice about his love and dedication to Africa when his wife, a lonely alcoholic, announces her departure to England for good. She never wants to see Africa again. He never wants to leave it. "He will die with his boots on" she says. Ian wants to go on this mission and use it as an opportunity to make a decision about his future. Through the aspirations of a young poacher in love, another dimension will be added to the battle, when he kidnaps Rebecca Hecht, an internationally well-known archaeologist who was also once the big love of Ian's life.

    The story is constructed from two different points of view. One is the do-good group of soldiers and a few ex-soldiers who are instructed to find and kill the poachers of the last elephants in Kenya. The opposing group, the poachers, are poor, desperate Somalian men who have no other means of survival. In between the two groups are international role players, such as embassy personnel of ivory-seeking countries, local corrupt politicians and big global corporations.

    "Now the land, the trees, the animals are gone; the whites were right—God’s not so hard to kill. And most of the whites had gone, too, leaving behind them a plague to finish off what they began. This plague, MacAdam had reflected so many bitter times, was medicine without birth control. It allowed the weak to live, populations to explode, the limitless savannas and jungles cut into tiny shambas where swollen families burnt and hacked the vegetation, then clung to the malnourished soil till it eroded to bedrock. Without the grass and trees the soil dried, the rains died and you could see a man coming miles away by the dust he raised."

    Apart from the selfish greed of everyone involved, the men are also inspired into action by the loss, or hope of their love for women which drives them, against their free will ! They rebel against a love that conquers and tame them. “Her influence, little cousin. Woman’s influence is impure, and spreads around her like the disease that kills the camels, except that it kills men’s honor and will.”

    The story also highlights the fundamental and very real challenges in Africa. Although it is also applicable to the rest of the world, it is more so in Africa which is exploited from all over the planet for its natural resources:

    "Now the land, the trees, the animals are gone; the whites were right—God’s not so hard to kill. And most of the whites had gone, too, leaving behind them a plague to finish off what they began. This plague, MacAdam had reflected so many bitter times, was medicine without birth control. It allowed the weak to live, populations to explode, the limitless savannas and jungles cut into tiny shambas where swollen families burnt and hacked the vegetation, then clung to the malnourished soil till it eroded to bedrock. Without the grass and trees the soil dried, the rains died and you could see a man coming miles away by the dust he raised."

    The book is based on much of the reality of modern day Africa, with not too much fantasy added. Every element in this narrative is either possible or true.

    It is not the last book I want to read from the author, Mike Bond. I appreciate his observations of all the countries he has covered as journalist. He has many good as well as valid stories to tell.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    This is a truly exciting book, with a profound look at today's e

    This is a truly exciting book, with a profound look at today's environmental tragedies in Africa. At its deepest level it's a love story, not only between the man and woman but between them both and East Africa's last wild savannas. This is a must read if ever there was one!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

    On its surface, The Last Savanna is about a group of Somali ivor

    On its surface, The Last Savanna is about a group of Somali ivory poachers who have entered Kenya, the woman kidnapped by one of the poachers, and the man tasked with hunting down the poachers and rescuing the woman, and these events make for an interesting story. However, the real star of this novel is not any of the human beings, but Africa itself.

    I cannot remember the last time I read a work of fiction in which the sense of place was so strong and commanding. Mike Bond's descriptions of the flora, fauna, and environment are so beautifully written that I felt as though I were standing there with the characters. The primary poaching scene is written from the point of view of one of the young elephants, and I could feel her rage and pain radiating from each sentence.

    The Last Savanna is based on Bond's personal experiences in Africa, and that knowledge has clearly paid off in this novel. There has been much discussion in the last several years about whether a white male novelist can write authentically about the black experience in post-colonial Africa. While I cannot respond to that complaint (being a white female who has never visited Africa), I can say that Bond's novel deepened my emotional connection to the continent and its people. He made me care about a place I rarely think about, and isn't that, after all, one of the primary purposes of fiction?

    I received a free copy of The Last Savanna through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2014

    An thrilling read that will transport you to an exciting and unf

    An thrilling read that will transport you to an exciting and unforgiving land. It is beautifully written in unique and compelling prose. You will not be let down by this gem of a book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Breathtaking- I was swept away by the fierce grandeur of the Sav

    Breathtaking- I was swept away by the fierce grandeur of the Savanna.  Bond's ability to bring the reader into the heart of Africa is
    amazing.  The characters are compelling, and the writing is stark and beautiful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    This is such an exceptional book. The description of Africa is i

    This is such an exceptional book. The description of Africa is incredible. Mike Bond has done it again. Get this one. You won't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    My God what a wonderful book. You live in it deeply, on the sava

    My God what a wonderful book. You live in it deeply, on the savanna, in hunting elephant poachers and being desperately in love and facing death every day. This book is a masterpiece!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 11, 2014

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