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.
Well. This book was one that’s style was completely new to me, but I still liked it a lot. I must say that I’m thoroughly impressed by Bond’s descriptive powers and the way he formulates everything in a clear way. I felt like the beginning was a little slow for me, but I also thought that because Bond laid down the basics of the surroundings first, the story was made more powerful later on.
Beyond the nature element to this, I was really impressed with the action/adventure themes that came with this book. I thought that the chase towards the poachers and the way certain moments were written in this story were nothing less than masterfully done.
There are so many characters and themes that come into this, it’s amazing. Really, there is so much more to this book than what it appears on the outside. Beyond being a romantic thriller, the elements of survival and the nature of both an animal and man itself really came together in this story.
THE LAST SAVANNA is intense, beautiful and completely captures the powerful emotion in this story. I was blown away, and it taught me a lot about the dangers and mysteries of Africa. 4 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 282
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