This is a compelling novel which some readers may find distressing as it does have graphic scenes of animal and human cruelty throughout the story.
The storyline covers the appalling atrocities of the mindless slaughter of thousands of elephants and rhinos for their ivory, horns, and other body parts around the world, the storyline is used to express and expose what goes on, and the lengths of evil man will go to for greed, with no thoughts or feelings to the harm and distress that they put these poor innocent animals through.
The novel is only one hundred and twenty-six pages long, but I found myself having to pause a lot through this book and to take a break. In parts it is most upsetting and distressing. It is a book that will make you think, and I myself was shocked to read what goes on. It is an issue we could all choose to stick our head in the sand and avoid, but I made the decision to go ahead and read this book to learn just what is happening. I think the author does a really good job of educating the reader to the horrors of what is going on, it made me want to look and see what is being done to stop poaching and what we can do to help before these beautiful creatures are wiped out and become extinct.
It is a book that educated me, and will remain in my thoughts for a long while. I am glad I read it. It is a real eye-opener and makes you aware. I thought it was really well thought out and written in a way that the storyline helps include facts that educate the reader.
Colin Smith is a scientist and inventor. He has spent his life developing new technology in the bio sciences. He has held executive technical positions in multinational companies and is widely travelled. He has now retired and lives with his wife in West Sussex, UK. This is his first novel.