The Last Savannah by Mike Bond

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You can feel the connection to Africa in the descriptions and the emotions. A sense of someone who loves the country and the way its beauty has lain ownership on the author. A link that can never be severed, forgotten or forgiven.

MacAdam seems to be confused and appears to be fighting an internal struggle. One second he is the man, who adores his adopted country and the is pining for good old England. One of the things I found quite interesting was the dialogue he had with himself about colour. It was almost as if he, as a white man was projecting his feelings about race and skin colour on to the people around him who were not white. A subconscious thought process perhaps, but there lying subtly under his skin. That confusion of two men in one body was also apparent in the way he spoke about himself as an ex-SAS and yet when confronted with the choice to kill or be killed he waxes lyrical excuses.

I am not sure whether that portrayal of MacAdam was intentional or if the author was unaware of the split nature of his character. I hope it was intentional, because it is actually quite a good way of showing the emotional confusion of someone, who lives in a foreign country.

As a foreigner you never quite belong, no matter how many years you live there, and often when yu get older the heart yearns for the home country. In a country plagued by violence and racial issues that sense of being an intruder probably never really fades from view, even if someone has spent a lifetime building a life there.

I would have liked for the plot about poaching to be more than just a sub-plot. It is a serious issue which deserves a lot of attention. I am sure many people are unaware of the fact that one day we will only be able to see certain species in books or on the screen, because they are being eradicated for profit.

Instead the book focused on the kidnapping of Rebecca, who used to be the main characters mistress, and her attempts to survive.

The one character in the book, who managed to draw me in was Warwar. Quite unexpected I might add, because he goes from being the murderer and the distasteful villain to the young man who wants to save and redeem himself.

The writing went from bouts of almost poetic descriptions to awkward dialogue and then staccato like action scenes.

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

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