Stalking Ivory (Jade del Cameron Series #2)

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On a photography assignment in the northern territory of Mount Marsabit, American adventuress Jade del Cameron and her friends hope to film the area's colossal elephants. Instead, they discover the mutilated remains of four elephants and a man. Although the authorities suspect Abyssinian poachers and raiders in search of ivory and slaves, Jade has her own suspicions. Could it have been Harry Hascombe, her nemesis and unremitting suitor? Soon the Kikuyu boy accompanying her is captured by slave traders. ...

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On a photography assignment in the northern territory of Mount Marsabit, American adventuress Jade del Cameron and her friends hope to film the area's colossal elephants. Instead, they discover the mutilated remains of four elephants and a man. Although the authorities suspect Abyssinian poachers and raiders in search of ivory and slaves, Jade has her own suspicions. Could it have been Harry Hascombe, her nemesis and unremitting suitor? Soon the Kikuyu boy accompanying her is captured by slave traders. Ultimately, it will take all of Jade's mettle to rescue her guide from slave traders, protect the animals, and expose another kind of beast.

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Publishers Weekly
In Arruda's spunky second throwback adventure to feature Jade del Cameron (after 2006's Mark of the Lion), the former WWI ambulance driver travels to British East Africa in 1920, to photograph and write about elephants. En route to an elephant sanctuary in remote Mount Marsabit-accompanied by her friend Beverly; Bev's husband, Lord Avery Dunbury; and a 12-year-old Kikuyu boy, Jelani, whom Jade is mentoring-Jade discovers the corpses of four elephants, slain for ivory, and the dead King's African Rifle soldier who evidently tried to stop the poachers. Jade swears to find the killers. Are hostile Abyssinian raiders to blame, or could it be safari leader Harry Hascombe, who's leading a suspicious group of German tourists? Handsome American pilot Sam Featherstone provides romantic interest. The resilient Jade will charm readers as she asserts her independence in rugged Africa. (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Elephant-poaching, gunrunning and romantic derring-do in Africa, 1920. Plucky Jade del Cameron (Mark of the Lion, 2006), on assignment for The Traveler, leaves the English expats decked out in evening wear in Nairobi to photograph herds of elephants in the Northern Territory. Her first sighting is ghastly. Not only have the elephants been butchered for their ivory tusks by poachers, but a new recruit from the Protectorate's Africa Rifle patrol has also been slaughtered. It's the work of Abyssinian raiders or a bloody reprisal by a warring tribal faction, says Capt. Smythe of the patrol that ventures to the site. Jade blames Harry Hascombe, her would-be lover, who's leading a safari of gun-toting, squabbling, lust-crazed Germans through the bush. Poisoned arrows are shot at Jade; her 12-year-old pal Jelani, responsible for babysitting Harry's pet cheetah Biscuit, is ambushed; and limping ex-pilot Sam Featherstone swoops in-to film the elephants? Or to court Jade? Following old elephant trails pointed out by mysterious, ubiquitous guide Boguli, Jade, aka Simba Jike ("lioness" in Swahili), discovers a cache of Mauser rifles and more butchered pachyderms, then learns a trio is missing from the German safari. Are they in the poachers' sights? The slave-traders'? Jade does her best to find out, but vengeance will belong to Boguli. It's hard to respect a heroine who swears by yelling, "Sweet Millard Fillmore on a tightrope!" The poaching/elephant lore, however, is unimpeachable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451221681
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/4/2007
  • Series: Jade del Cameron Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 693,722
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Arruda

Suzanne Arruda, a former zookeeper-turned-science teacher and freelance writer, is the author f several biographies for young adults. She has also published science and nature articles for adults and children and is a regular contributor to a weekly newspaper supplement. An avid hiker and outdoorswoman, she lives in Kansas with her husband, twin sons, and a small menagerie of pets.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

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    Travel to 1920 British East Africa.

    In the second installment of the Jade del Cameron series Jade is photgraphing elephants when she and her friends come across ivory poachers. The setting of British East Africa in 1920 is fabulous and the characters are strong, intelligent people of many races. The plots are strong and the writing is arresting. This book is a one sitting read.

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

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    Enjoyable

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Set in Africa in 1920, Jade del Cameron was an ambulance driver in WWI and her fiancee was killed in a dogfight defending the hospital where she was working (or stationed, I forget which). She has no desire to get involved with anyone else! But her best friend has forwarded a manuscript written by a friend of her earlier adventure to a friend of her husband's. Sam Featherstone, a pilot injured in the war, turns up- "accidentally" at the camp where they are photographing the elephant herds in the Protectorate. Jade has also been asked by the game warden of the Protectorate to look into poaching. To complicate matters, Harry Hascombe (whom she despises) is leading a safari and camping near her camp. Jade is subject to rages when she might do or say anything - so she's not always rational in situations. She discovers the poachers, but wants to find their leader and suspects almost everyone. There is lots of action and tense moments in Jade's efforts to photograph and protect the elephants. The poachers will not stop at anything--they have already murdered an askari. Lots of excitement, action and tension between Jade and Sam. Sam falls for her right off, but she is trying really hard to hold him away.
    Also intrigued me to read the Tarzan books because Bev's husband, Lord Dunbury (also a pilot in WWI) is reading the Tarzan books and they are also devoured by the young native boy that Jade has taken on to teach to read and understand English. The books also play a part in the story.

    I got the second book, because I couldn't find the first and a member of my bookclub had reviewed one and they sounded interesting.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A delightful historical whodunit

    In 1920 with the war over and the need for female ambulance drivers also over, Jade del Cameron completed a death bed promise in British East Africa (see MARK OF THE LION). Though her quest is done, Jade decides to stay for now and even mentors a preadolescent lad, Jelani.------------------ Jade accompanied by her friends Lord Avery Dunbury and his wife Beverly, and Jelani head towards the Mount Marasbit elephant preserve, but are horrified by the corpses of four elephants killed for their tusks as ivory sells big in western markets. Nearby she also finds the remains of a King¿s soldier obviously killed by the poachers who butchered the elephants. Jade especially personalizes the kills and vows to bring to justice to the poachers whether they are natives, Abyssinian raiders, western safari leaders like Harry Hascombe, or some other avaricious souls.---------------- STAKING IVORY is a delightful historical whodunit starring an independent courageous woman who wants to see justice occur for the brutally slaughtered animals and the dead soldier. Jade risks her life to do so though she finds an ally in a pilot Sam Featherstone. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency tales will join Jade on her amateur sleuthing safari.------------------- Harriet Klausner

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