In a luxury private safari lodge in Kruger National Park, Detective Sergeant Tom Furey has just woken to a protection officer's worst nightmare. The VIP in his charge, British government minister, Robert Greeves, has been abducted.
Knowing his career is on the line, Furey vows not to stop searching until Greeves is found - dead or alive. He and his South African counterpart, Inspector Sannie van Rensburg, go against official orders and start the hunt for the kidnappers through the outer limits of the national park, to the coastal waters of Mozambique. Increasingly drawn to Tom, Sannie can't resist involving herself in his dangerous mission, even risking her job to help him.
©2009 Tony Park; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing
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"Great book, enjoyable, despite the poor reading"
I really enjoyed the book... but the reading unfortunately was not good. The accents were a disaster! The "afrikaner" accent was not convincing (to an ex-South African)and many afrikaans words, place names, etc. were not correctly pronounced. Also the fact that black africans had the same accent as afrikaners shows a completely lack of understanding...
Despite all of this, I really enjoyed the book and would have probably given it a rare 5 if the reader had not detracted and distracted. Pity they could not have found a reader familiar with the various South African accents.
(By the way his Scottish accent was not convincing either...and he mispronounced certain regular english words too..)
Tony Park if you want me to listen to another of your books please change readers, though I am not sorry I listed to this one.
This contribution by Tony Parks is an outstanding listen. The plot is intriguing, the characters human and engaging, and the descriptions of Africa are spell binding. I enjoyed this book from first to last and recommend it to other listeners who are looking for a good thriller. It was hard to put my iPod down.
Tony Park was recommened to me by a friend and I am so glad she did. I loved this book from begining to end. The charaters and the plot were excellent. I though the narrator did a really good job. This book is highly recommened.
Being a South African I found the pronunciation of the Afrikaans words cringe worthy. It grated every nerve.
I really enjoyed the book, as positive criticism please find a Afrikaans and Xhosa speaking person to help the narrator with pronunciations of the ingenious languages, overall the narrator was very good
"Lots of twists and a realistic African setting"
This was my first Tony Park book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narration was lively. The storyline held my attention and took a number of unanticipated twins. A bit predictable as each new twist on folded but overall good characterization, interesting plot, and good narrator.
Listened to this at 2X speed and even then the plot dragged and dragged in places. The only interesting part was the African settings. The narrator was competent, but the lead's woman voice was lower and sexier than the voice he did for the male lead, which was quite confusing during the dialogue sections.
"Good book, terrible narration"
Yes, it was an interesting story
sadly a negative one, the narration is terrible, in particular in the grasp of the South African accent and place names. Rather stick to an english accent, than try a South African accent that is so false.
Absolutely no grasp of a typical South African accent. I cringe every time i hear the narrator attempt it.
If a book is written in a specific country, and includes characters from that country, get an english speaking narrator from that country to present the book.
The representation of life in this part of the world was so accurate and the pace of the book really fast.
Any Wilbur Smith book. Wilbur Smith has lived in Africa all his life and knows the African bush and it's people through this lifelong association, whereas Tony Park is a relative newcomer who has taken time to thoroughly research every aspect of his subject and turned it into a really good novel.
There wasn't one that I could pick out.
The story held me from the first page. The narrator was very good for the most part but his pronunciation of some of the Afrikaans words could have been a bit better researched.However, it was still well read and the difficulty with the pronunciations did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.
"Formula writing and not a very good formula"
Wooden writing and wooden typecast characters.
Don't read them very often but thought I would have a change.
It will be a long time before i try again - surely they cannot all be as bad as this one!
Unconvincing. Maybe the writing, maybe the performance.
Wide range of "voices" some good some bad. I did find the very masculine voice of the heroine confusing at times.
Hard to say. Reverse the question: what character would you keep? Er, none.
Think that I have said as much as the book is worth.
Perhaps that I was amazed by the poor quality of the writing.
"Not bad but the narrator........."
The story was okay but the narrator was very poor. In all sincerity I think I could have done as well.
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