The story of a stubborn conservationist who meets the love of his life and their struggle against conspiracy, corruption and slaughter in the African bush. Betrayed by an obsessive US Naval officer and hunted by an overzealous FBI agent, their destinies are forced together in a saga leading from the streets of Washington DC via the ancient cities of Europe to the African bush. Here they are ensnared in a plot to slaughter thousands of elephant and execute a coup d’état by ruthless exploiters who would stop at nothing to reap the riches of ivory to feed their insatiable lust for power.
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Operation Zero based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I read the book and enjoyed it very much. The hollow elephant tusk on the cover reminds of a bullet hole, which is the backdrop to this action/romance - the elephant poaching trade in Southern Africa and a bad vs good guys' battle of wits and bullets. This book is for the reader who likes a fast-paced, from-the-get-go book that gets one hooked. In other words 'Operation Zero' moves like an action movie. If you like a bit of romance thrown in, there is some in it too. Guy meets girl, but he is first drugged and hunted by the FBI plus high-powered mercenaries before they meet again. This is a novel for male and female, young or old, alike. Personally, I like character development in a novel. Not disappointed here, in fact the hero, Daniel Hoffman, is quite sentient. Which makes the story true to life. Lastly, this can be discussed at a book club in terms of its very important comment on the African-ivory trade, the role of gun mercenaries and long-running African corruption. It is great to read a story based in the USA as well as in Southern Africa other than a Wilbur Smith offering. In fact, this writer compares very well with Mr. Smith, being from South Africa too. This is David Strauss's first novel, way to go! I will definitely read another offering by him. He has got the goods and also a great name for a writer! Keep a look out for this new author, hopefully there is a sequel to this Daniel Hoffman saga.