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African Dawn (African Sky #2) Even I m disappointed in myself with this rating It probably deserved , but the fact is I could not get into it I generally thoroughly enjoy books of this genre set in Africa but because I couldn t get a good head start on it timewise, meant that when I did pick it up I had trouble remembering the cast of characters and the storyline.Perhaps I should have gone back to start again but there are too many other good books on the shelf waiting. I have previously enjoyed tony park s books, but really struggled with this book It took a while to get into the story with the first half jumping around a lot and very political It almost seemed he had too many different elements to the story which made it quite confusing The second half flowedeasily but the violence especially towards the rhinos was a bit much in parts. African Dawn is the eighth novel by Australian author, Tony Park, and in it, he revisits the setting and characters of his third novel, African Sky Park takes three Rhodesian families, the Bryants and the Ngwenyas who will both be familiar to readers of African Sky and the Quilter Phippses, and follows them through the turbulent years from 1959 to 2011.The fate of a rhino calf, Makuti is also monitored From British colony, through independence to black rule and seizure of white owned farms, Park tracks events in Rhodesia s recent history and demonstrates their effect on the human inhabitants, both black and white, and certain endangered animals of the country Park creates a cast of characters with depth, variety and appeal their dilemmas and conflicts are realistic and credible their passions, often fierce Park manages to make the convoluted history and politics of Rhodesia Zimbabwe easily digestible by incorporating them into a story that is interesting and exciting Park s plot is original, has quite a few twists and encompasses racial tensions, wildlife conservation, political corruption and family dynamics Murder, kidnapping, imprisonment, poaching and plane crashes all feature Having skilfully set up his characters and events, Park takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride to the story s dramatic climax Park s Army background, his extensive research and his knowledge of Africa are apparent in every sentence Another page turner. After being introducted to the writer Tony Park about a year ago now ive since been on a mission to locate and purchase all of his books.His writing is addictive to any reader, he has you on the edge of your seats taking you on twists and turns you never expect to come.This book is an emotional ride set in a backdrop we all want to view after reading his books Anyone truly looking for that perfect read WILL find it in ANY of Tony s books So do not just seek out this one, go on a real adventure and read them all Can not wait to see what Tony has in store for us next. If you like thrillers, and are interested in the 20c cultural history that led to the formation of native African countries like Zimbabwe and Zambia from white colonial South Africa violent and complex , and you are interested in understanding rhino conservation in the face of well financed and brutal poaching operations this is the book for you Racial and familial conflict is never simplified And while, I read 3 other of Tony Park s thrillers set in Africa in which, unlike in this book, there was a central protagonist, this was the most moving and difficult one to read as in life, good doesn t always prevail. Set in Zimbabwe, African Dawn revolves around three families the Bryants, ex pat Australian Paul and his wife Pip who run a wildlife park employing local black workers, the Quilter Phippses with their twin sons Braeden, the dashing armed services hero and the quieter Tate, who works for National Parks and the Ngwenya s, a poor black family supported and befriended by the Bryant s.Starting in 1969 and visiting important years for the families before settling in current day, African Dawn details a broken country struggling to find itself in a bloody and political war where nothing is the same for two days in a row Paul and Pip are conservationists, running small herds on their farm and they are in danger of losing it as the government seeks to confiscate it for the good of the people Paul and Pip know the real reason though rhino horn trafficking has become incredibly lucrative with wealthy Asians paying around 50,000 US dollars per horn, which will then be ground into a powder and used as a remedy for everything from the flu to cancer.Paul, now in his 90s, wants to fight to keep his land so he hires Braeden Quilter Phipps as head of security Former armed forces, Braeden once saved the life of Paul s granddaughter Natalie when she was kidnapped by rebels at just 11 years of age Natalie, all grown up now and a photographer journalist is writing a book about Zimbabwe and her experiences there Having lived most of her life in Australia after that traumatic event, she has returned to the country of her birth to reacquaint herself with it and to write her story She finds herself torn between the brash, overconfident and sure of himself Braeden and his twin brother Tate quieter, anti social, harbouring a pain and anger that he has carried around for nearly twenty years Natalie isn t the first Bryant woman to be torn between two Quilter Phipps men her aunt Hope twenty years earlier had made a decision which ultimately led to her brutal death and the deep seated hatred the twins now have for one another.A passionate conservationist, Tate has a radical answer when it looks as though the Bryant s will lose their farm to corrupt government minister Emmerson Ngwenyas, who harbours a resentment for the Bryant s after an incident that occurred many years ago He s been dabbling in some trafficking and sees the Bryant farm as a perfect way to line his pockets even further As The Quilter Phipps boys and the Bryant family seek to save their rhinos, it will end in a bloody gunfire that will effect every family involved.I returned this book to my local library before I reviewed it, which in hindsight, was a bit of a mistake There were quite a few characters and because it was set in Zimbabwe and some of them were coloured and some white, I can t remember how to spell some of the names African Dawn is quite a long book 500 odd pages in large paperback form and to be honest, it dragged a bit It took me almost 11 days to read it but I have to say, that s not entirely the book s fault A newborn coupled with discovering the TV show The Big Bang Theory took me away from this book a lot I watched 4 seasons and 3 episodes of TBBT in just 10 days so there wasn t much time for reading really Some mild SPOILERS follow here.My biggest problem with this novel was that a lot hinged on two love triangles the first is barely touched on but involves Hope, the daughter of Paul and Pip, who is dating Tate but sleeps with Braeden She confesses to Tate, who spurns her so instead of staying to fight for Tate which appears to be what she wants she books a flight straight back to Braeden, which is then shot down by rebels who then find the wreckage and murder everyone who survived the crash that didn t go for help Twenty or so years later, Natalie, Hope s niece returns to Zimbabwe to write a book and we appear to go through the same scenario she is drawn immediately to Tate and they almost sleep together but he runs away, tormented by memories of Hope and so she sleeps with Braeden.Firstly, I find the relationships a bit, well distasteful to be honest Sleeping with twin brothers Seriously, that s not really very nice, is it Can t really think of a better way to betray a guy than to sleep with his sexier,confident, womanising twin brother as Braeden is painted And then Hope is baffled by Tate s running off and Braeden is furious that Tate didn t forgive her and blames Tate for causing her death Oh I don t know Braeden, maybe you had a hand in it too for not keeping your hands off someone you knew was your brother s girlfriend And Hope well she didn t waste much time trying to run back to Braeden either Somehow I find Tate the least to blame in this scenario And then we go through nearly the exact same thing with Natalie I could almost understand if I found Braeden at all an enjoyable and likable character But he s mostly a douche I don t go in for that overconfident, very sure of himself and his abilities, arrogant kind of jerk I m not sure if I m supposed to understand both Hope and Natalie s attraction to him If I am, then that s an epic fail, because in a novel that included murderers, rhino horn traffickers, Robert Mugabe etc, he was my least favourite characters.Basically, I wish this novel wereabout the plight of the rhinos It starts off wonderfully, with a much younger Paul Bryant herding rhinos away from a lake that s being dammed including a young rhino who makes reappearances throughout the book, and there are sections later on with Tate tagging rhinos and recording their information and the end of the book, which is about saving the rhino population on Paul and Pip s farm is awesome But the rest of the book is bogged down in family drama and relationships and I expectedabout the rhinos I expected most of the book to revolve around them and their plight but for me, it didn t.However what did work for me was the portrayal of the turmoil that is the country of Zimbabwe The book spanned a lot of years during which the country underwent a lot of changes and I really got a feel for that Tony Park is an Australian who also spends a lot of time in southern Africa and this shows He knows the places he is writing about and his knowledge, which is political, environmental and cultural is crystal clear I learned while looking up his previous works that one of his novels, African Sky, is the story of Paul and Pip Bryant s meeting and I d very much like to read that I think that with Braeden Quilter Phipps removed, I would really enjoy his novels, all of which are set in Africa I think that Tony Park can tell a story and paint a picture of Africa that is very vivid for someone that has never been and is never likely to It was just a particular aspect of the plot in this instance, that didn t work for me.I m going to request a couplefrom my library and see how I go with them. What a complex interweaving of three families Thank goodness Tony Park s epic tale over several generations of family, had the family tree s at the front of the book as I referred to it a couple of times Three families crossing paths again and again over the period of 40 years all in the backdrop of a changing Zimbabwe So topical now with the dismantling of Mugabe s grip on the country He even appears in this book.And with the inclusion of a different sort of family the black rhino, as they too struggle for survival in a climate of political unrest, poachers and greed.A really enjoyable book and one which will make me keep an eye out forby Tony Park. African Dawnby Tony Park, The Author Of Red Earth,is A Full Throttle International Thriller That Will Engross Fans Of Clive CusslerIt S Darkest Before The DawnThree Families The Bryants, The Quilter Phippses And The Ngwenyas Share A History As Complex And Bloody As Zimbabwe ItselfDedicated Conservationists Paul And Philippa Bryant Are Struggling To Save Their Farm And Small Herd Of Endangered Black Rhinos From Seizure By Corrupt Government Minister Emmerson Ngwenya Twin Brothers, Ex Soldier Braedan And Environmentalist Tate Quilter Phipps Join The FightBut When The Brothers Fall In Love With The Same Woman, Natalie Bryant, Their Rivalry Threatens To Put The Lives Of All Involved At Risk And With Emmerson Vowing To Stop At Nothing Until He Gets What He Wants, A Bloody Showdown Seems InevitableIn The Broken Country That Is Zimbabwe, Only The Strongest Can Survive I loved this book, I couldn t put it down I have just returned from South Africa and have also been to Zimbabwe in 97 so could relate and really see what was happening in the story which was vividly described The action really moved along and you were kept in suspense all the way thru the book The characters were brought to life with Tony s pen and you really felt like you were there with them This is my first Tony Park book but it won t be my last. liked the preceding book better it raved on for the last half glad to finish


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