The Last Savanna

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FIRST PRIZE FOR FICTION
Los Angeles Book Festival

“One of the best books yet on Africa, a stunning tale of love and loss amid a magnificent wilderness and its myriad animals, and a deadly manhunt through savage jungles, steep mountains and fierce deserts as an SAS commando tries to save the elephants, the woman he loves and the soul of Africa itself.”

With Africa’s last elephants dying under the guns of Somali poachers, ex-SAS officer Ian MacAdam leads a commando squad against them, to hunt what for him is the only decent prey – man. Pursuing the poachers through jungled mountains and searing deserts he battles thirst, solitude, terror and lethal animals, only to find they have kidnapped a young archaeologist, Rebecca Hecht, whom he once loved and bitterly lost.

She escapes the kidnappers, is caught and escapes again to risk perishing in the desert. MacAdam 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.

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Praise for The Last Savanna:

Tragic and beautiful, sentimental and ruthless, The Last Savanna is a vast and wonderful book.” NetGalley Reviews

“Sheer intensity, depicting the immense, arid land and never-ending scenes of people trekking across it … The villains are so strongly developed … but it’s the volatile nature of nature itself that gives the story its greatest distinction … Will make readers sweat with its relentless pace.” Kirkus

“Unrelenting in its portrait of the modern African reality… It isn’t an easy world or a reassuring one he writes of, and the results aren’t often pretty, but he writes the adventure novel as well as I have seen it written.” – Mystery File

“Mike Bond takes readers into a literary safari of Africa’s elephant poaching war with The Last Savanna, a novel that expertly captures the ravenous, chaotic and frustrating battles raging across the continent . . . and paints a vivid picture of life in the savanna . . . Bond’s knowledge of the Swahili language, local culture and even the wildlife result in what may be one of the most realistic portrayals of Africa yet . . . Bond’s specialty in producing thrillers that editorialize human weakness and bring to light pressing world problems shines in The Last SavannaDynamic, heart-breaking and timely to current events, Bond’s latest book is a must-read.” Yahoo Reviews

“A manhunt through crocodile-infested jungle, sun-scorched savannah, and impenetrable mountains as a former SAS man tries to save the life of the woman he loves but cannot have.” Evening Telegraph

“A powerful love story set in the savage jungles and deserts of East Africa.” Daily Examiner

“Pulsating with the sights, sounds, and dangers of wild Africa, its varied languages and peoples, the harsh warfare of the northern deserts and the hunger of denied love.” Newton Chronicle

“A gripping thriller from a highly distinctive writer.” Liverpool Daily Post

“Exciting, action-packed … A nightmarish vision of Africa.” Manchester Evening News

“The imagery was so powerful and built emotions so intense that I had to stop reading a few times to regain my composure.” African Publishers’ Network

“An unforgettable odyssey into the wilderness, mysteries, and perils of Africa … A book to be cherished and remembered.”Greater London Radio

“The central figure is not human; it is the barren, terrifying landscape of Northern Kenya and the deadly creatures who inhabit it.” Daily Telegraph

“An entrancing, terrifying vision of Africa. A story that not only thrills but informs… Impossible to set aside or forget.”BBC

“The thrill of the chase when the prey is man – the only decent prey.” The Times

“Mike Bond’s The Last Savanna is shot through with images of the natural world at its most fearsome and most merciful. With his weapons, man is a conqueror – without them he is a fugitive in an alien land. Bond touches on the vast and eerie depths that lie under the thin crust of civilization and the base instinct within man to survive – instincts that surpass materialism. A thoroughly enjoyable read that comes highly recommended.” Nottingham Observer