Rhino by Burton Horwitz
RHINO is a rich mixture of action, adventure and mystery. The story is set in South Africa, London, New York, Hong Kong the South China Sea and Indian Ocean.
When his parents pass away, the young and handsome Jason De Vildman is placed in charge of a vast South African game reserve. Poachers are killing the Rhino and selling the horn for millions of dollars on the black market. Jason catches some of the poachers and in retribution, Ahmed, his mentor and friend is deliberately killed. Jason goes to the village of the Sagatti tribe to arrest the tribal chief and gets into a knife fight where, “he meets himself at the tip of his blade,” and spares the chief’s life in exchange for the information he needs to wage war on the smugglers.
Jason knows he must take the battle to the cartel that is responsible for the poaching and smuggling of the horn. He stows away aboard the smuggling ship that is bound for the orient. He is discovered and beaten until he fabricates a story that saves him from being thrown overboard. The captain of the ship Wolf Hochstetter is suspicious but assigns the dirtiest jobs on the ship to his stowaway. In a tropical cyclone that nearly destroys the ship; Jason saves the captain’s life and becomes a trusted member of the crew affording him the opportunity to meet the lone mysterious woman aboard the freighter. She leads him to those who are ultimately responsible for the killing of the rhino: The maniacal head of the Hong Kong Triad, the world famous gem dealer and others.
Jason De Vildman - Central character, game warden
Ahmed - Friend a family retainer
Bamatu - Chief of the Sagatti tribe
Uuka - Son of the chief and poacher
Billy Botha - Tracker, hunter and friend
Bryce Pittston - Army office working with Jason
Count Dimitrie de Grunwald -Rich, handsome, worldly ring leader
Michelle Loraine Trudeau - Beautiful tabloid reporter and love interest
Christian Marquand - World famous gem merchant
Wolf Hochstetter - Captain of the Castle of Orion
Bull Meecham - First mate of the Orion
Countess Maria Fedorovna - Gem courier and mysterious lady aboard Orion
Tend Si Peng – Maniacal leader of the Hong Kong Triad
Kwan Loon - The Count’s right hand man
Beekman - Durban Harbor policeman
Chief Commissioner Willig-Trusted friend of Jason . . . or is he?