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THE LAST SAVANNA

THE LAST SAVANNA

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by Mike Bond
     
 

As ivory poachers are gunning down Africa’s last elephants, former SAS officer Ian MacAdam leads a commando squad against them. He pursues the
poachers through jungled mountains and searing deserts, only to find they have kidnapped a young archaeologist, Rebecca Hecht, whom he once loved
and bitterly lost. 
He embarks on a

Overview

As ivory poachers are gunning down Africa’s last elephants, former SAS officer Ian MacAdam leads a commando squad against them. He pursues the
poachers through jungled mountains and searing deserts, only to find they have kidnapped a young archaeologist, Rebecca Hecht, whom he once loved
and bitterly lost. 
He embarks on 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 own experiences pursuing elephant poachers in the wilds of East Africa, The Last Savanna is an intense personal memoir of humanity’s
ancient heartland, the beauty of its perilous deserts, jungles, and savannas, and the deep, abiding power of love.

“The central figure is not human; it is the barren, terrifying landscape of Northern Kenya and the deadly creatures who inhabit it.” —Daily Telegraph

Editorial Reviews

Nottingham Observer
“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.” (Nottingham Observer)
From the Publisher
“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.”
(Nottingham Observer)
 
“A powerful love story set in the savage jungles and deserts of East Africa.”
(Daily Examiner)
 
“A manhunt through crocodile-infested jungle, sun-scorched savanna, and impenetrable mountains as a former SAS man tries to save the life of
the woman he loves but cannot have.”
(Evening Telegraph)
 
“Pulsating with the sights, sounds, and dangers of wild Africa, its varied languages and peoples, the harsh warfare of the northern deserts and the
hunger of denied love.”
(Newton Chronicle)
 
“A gripping thriller from a highly distinctive writer.”
(Liverpool Daily Post)
 
“Exciting, action-packed . . . A nightmarish vision of Africa.”
(Manchester Evening News)
 
“The imagery was so powerful and built emotions so intense that I had to stop reading a few times to regain my composure.”
(African Publishers’
Network)
 
“An unforgettable odyssey into the wilderness, mysteries, and perils of Africa... A book to be cherished and remembered.”
(Greater London
Radio)
 
“The central figure is not human; it is the barren, terrifying landscape of Northern Kenya and the deadly creatures who inhabit it.” (Daily Telegraph)
 
“An entrancing, terrifying vision of Africa. A story that not only thrills but informs... Impossible to set aside or forget.” (BBC)
 
“The thrill of the chase when the prey is man – the only decent prey.”
(The Times)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-05
A special unit of soldiers in East Africa tracks down elephant poachers and searches for a female archaeologist who’s been kidnapped in Bond’s latest adventure (Saving Paradise, 2013, etc.).Ian MacAdam, formerly of the British Special Forces, is living an unhappy married life on an African ranch. He agrees to join a team to combat poachers targeting Kenya’s elephants, which are dangerously low in numbers. But when a trio of Somali men assault a camp of archaeologists, it becomes personal for MacAdam. One of the people taken hostage is Rebecca Hecht, MacAdam’s former girlfriend. He braves the vast, unforgiving desert to rescue the woman he still loves. The novel is sheer intensity, depicting the immense, arid land and never-ending scenes of people trekking across it. The villains are clear from the beginning: a Samburu warrior survives the harsh desert and its resident animals only to be gunned down by a Somali poacher, simply for the warrior’s lion pelt. Despite this, the three men holding Rebecca captive—Ibrahim, Rashid and Warwar—are so strongly developed that the youngest, Warwar, is almost sympathetic (to both readers and Rebecca); though he wants to sell or ransom the woman, the other two see no value in her and would rather kill her. The fierce African heat radiates from the pages; mosquitoes zoom around characters, and the air burns MacAdam’s throat, while his perspiration blinds him. But it’s the volatile nature of nature itself that gives the story its greatest distinction; Kenya is inhabited by creatures both beautiful and menacing. That MacAdam is out to save the elephants doesn’t stop a buffalo from charging him; when Rebecca tries to escape her captors, she realizes that a trailing leopard could be a much more unpleasant enemy. Readers should brace themselves for the book’s unabated savagery, mostly, if not all, from its human characters: A scene of poachers attacking and killing elephants is not easy to forget. But it does allow for a bit of zealous glee when MacAdam convinces himself to help track down poachers “to hunt the only animal worth hunting.”Will make readers sweat with its relentless pace and blistering descriptions of the African sun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627040082
Publisher:
Mandevilla Press
Publication date:
01/15/2014
Edition description:
New edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
496,573
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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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