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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. ...
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.
Posted January 9, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2010
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.
Posted December 9, 2008
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 KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.