Mandevilla Press 8/15/2013. New paperback.
With Africa's last elephants dying under the poachers' guns, Kenya rancher and former SAS officer Ian MacAdam leads a commando squad against them. Pursuing the poachers through jungled mountains and searing deserts he battles thirst, solitude, terror and lethal animals, only to find that the poachers have kidnapped a young archaeologist, Rebecca Hecht, whom he once loved and bitterly lost. McAdam embarks upon 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. Based on the author's experiences pursuing elephant poachers in the wilds of East Africa. REVIEWS "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) ABOUT THE AUTHOR Hawaii-based bestselling novelist, international energy expert, war and human rights correspondent and award-winning poet, Mike Bond has lived and worked in many dangerous, remote and war-torn regions of the world. His critically acclaimed novels depict the innate hunger of the human heart for good, the intense joys of love, the terror and fury of battle, the sinister vagaries of international politics and multinational corporations, and the vanishing beauty of the natural world. CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR OTHER MIKE BOND NOVELS SAVING PARADISE KIRKUS REVIEW: In the latest thriller from Bond (The Last Savanna, 2013, etc.), an Afghanistan War veteran-turned-surfer risks his life and freedom to search for a journalist's murderer. When Pono Hawkins finds surfing-magazine correspondent Sylvia Gordon's lifeless body floating off the shore of Oahu, police quickly determine that she was murdered, but then promptly change their minds and rule it an accidental drowning. Pono makes it his mission to find the woman's killer, and his quest takes him into a world of political and corporate corruption. As he weeds through lies, suspects and threats, the police eventually agree that the journalist was indeed murdered-and they accuse the twice-jailed Pono, who soon finds himself on the run. More murders follow. Bond's lusciously convoluted story provides myriad suspects and motives. At one point, near the beginning of the story, Pono lists Sylvia Gordon's probable killers and has trouble eliminating any one of them. On multiple occasions, Pono believes someone is a murderer, changes his mind and then reverts back after uncovering new information. As a result, he distrusts nearly everyone, and readers likely will, too. Bond skillfully adds new elements to the mystery, including several energy corporations and no less than three femmes fatales: Angie, Sylvia's Maui friend; Kim, a cop responsible for one of Pono's trips to prison; and Charity, a receptionist for a company called WindPower. Other characters are more dependable, such as Pono's fellow veterans-most notably, the technologically savvy Mitchell-as well as Pono's cat, Puma, and surfing dachshund, Mojo. But his most persuasive relationship is with Sylvia, a woman he can't stop thinking about, even though he never knew her when she was alive. In the end, readers may find it nearly impossible to guess the killer, but they'll enjoy the trip. A complex, entertaining whodunit. CROSSFIRE "Mike Bond does it again -A gripping tale of passion, hostage-taking and war, set against a war-ravaged Beirut." (Evening News)