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Published by Pan, 8
September 2016. ISBN 978-1-5098-1541-8
The illegal trade in rhino
horn is the eco-crime at the heart of this new novel by Tony Park who writes
books set in Africa. For decades the trade in elephant tusks has been in the media
but Tony Park focuses on the equally lucrative trade in rhino horn, a currency
worth millions in Asia and Russia. The setting of Namibia with its tantalising
wildlife and barren coastlands provides a backdrop with a difference for this
The main character, Sonja Kurtz, is of Germanic decent and grew
up in Namibia. Sonja trained as a soldier and now works as a mercenary. The
story unfolds with Sonja on a revenge mission in Vietnam where she is out to
assassinate one of the ringleaders in the trade in rhino horn, a man who is
responsible for the death of her husband Sam.
When Sonja receives a text from her daughter, Emma, asking
for help, she rushes to Namibia to rescue her. Emma is working as a trainee on
an archaeological site in Namibia's Etosha National Park where she discovers the body of an airman dating from
the war in the 1980s. In fact, Emma's incomplete text was prematurely sent and
she isn't in danger at all until word gets out about the discovery, then she and
her colleagues are soon dragged into a struggle for survival.
Michael Allchurch is still looking for his pilot son,
Gareth, whose plane went missing during the war. Allchurch is desperate to find
out what happened and why his son was on an unauthorised flight. The discovery
of the airman at the dig provides the missing piece of the puzzle as to where
the plane might be and leads him and others on a chase to find it and a cargo
people are willing to kill for.
With large-scale shoot-outs, helicopters and action-packed chases
across the wild Namibian countryside, the multi-viewpoint narrative allows the
reader to know the danger the main characters are going to be in and creates
great tension. A good read if you want something a bit different.
Reviewer Christine Hammacott
Tony Parkwas born in 1964 and grew up in the western suburbs of
Sydney. He has worked as a newspaper reporter in Australia and England, a
government press secretary, a public relations consultant, and a freelance
writer. He is also a major in the Australian Army Reserve and served six months
in Afghanistan in 2002 as the public affairs officer for the Australian ground
forces. He and his wife, Nicola, divide their time between their home in
Sydney, and southern Africa, where they own a tent and a Series III Land Rover
Hammacott lives near Southampton and runs her own design consultancy.
She started her career working in publishing as a book designer and now creates
covers for indie-authors. She writes page-turning fiction that deals with the
psychological effects of crime. Her debut novel The Taste of Ash was published in 2015.