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Elephant Song [Kindle Edition]

Wilbur Smith
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The rangers closed in, firing steadily. Within minutes all the adult animals were down. Only the calves still raced in bewildered circles, stumbling over the bodies of the dead and dying. Six minutes after the first shot, a silence fell over the killing ground on Long Vlei . . .

In the blinding light of Zimbabwe's Chiwewe National Park, Dr Daniel Armstrong, world-famous TV naturalist, films the slaughter of a herd of elephant. In London, anthropologist Kelly Kinnear is forced into violent confrontation with the shareholders of the most powerful conglomerate in the City of London, warning them of the destruction of an African country.

Now the time has come to act. Together, Armstrong and Kinnear forge a passionate alliance - and begin the fight against the forces of greed, evil and corruption attacking a land they would both give their lives to save . . . Combining breathtaking realism and thrilling suspense, the world's master storyteller takes us on a journey deep into the heart of a wild, magnificent continent, threatened for ever by the destructive hand of man.



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The hunters become the hunted . . . The rangers closed in, firing steadily. Within minutes all the adult animals were down. Only the calves still raced in bewildered circles, stumbling over the bodies of the dead and dying. Six minutes after the first shot, a silence fell over the killing ground on Long Vlei . . . In the blinding light of Zimbabwe's Chiwewe National Park, Dr Daniel Armstrong, world-famous TV naturalist, films the slaughter of a herd of elephant. In London, anthropologist Kelly Kinnear is forced into violent conforntation with the shareholders of the most powerful conglomerate in the City of London, warning them of the destruction of an African country. Now the time has come to act. Together, Armstrong and Kinnear forge a passionate alliance - and begin the fight against the forces of greed, evil and corruption attacking a land they would both give their lives to save . . . Combining breathtaking realism and thrilling suspence, the world's master storyteller takes us on a journey deep into the heart of a wild, magnificent continent, threatened for ever by the destructive hand of man.

About the Author

Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds, and has written over thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.

Find out more about Wilbur Smith by looking at his own author website, www.wilbursmithbooks.com


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2068 KB
  • Print Length: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK22U2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds, and has since written over thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
By Scottish Dave VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I have just recently starting buying and reading Smith's books. This is my ninth in recent months and I have to say that although they have all been highly enjoyable, this is the best so far. I have been concentrating on his stand alone books. Elephant Song is one such book. It is not part of any series.
Like many of Smith's books, it is set in Africa (over numerous southern/central/eastern countries). Elephant Song is an adventure story that covers mainly murder and revenge. On top of that you get an amazing insight to this part of the world - the people, nature and politics. Smith's writing is so strong that you get drawn into the characters and action as the book progresses.
It is over 500 pages long and can almost be split into two sections. The first section covers the initial murder and tragedy that affects the main character. The second section covers his quest for revenge. It's a rollercoaster ride and I loved every page of it!
If you enjoy classic adventure novels then Elephant Song is a must. With the added bonus of Smith's well researched African setting, I can gurantee you'll not regret buying this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
From the moment I picked up this book I was totally engrossed and hald captive by it until its satisfying (good guys win) completion. Not so much a story more of an epic journey through Aftica. It realistically depicts mans greed in Africa, and pits good against evil. Evil is shown in the form of mans greed and good is shown by mans ability to be altruistic, in this instance, his/her work in wildlife conservation and habitat preservation. An enjoyable and informative read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comment 21 Dec. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
A brilliant book, as usual from a great author. Great pace and storytelling. A little predictable in places, but none the less, a really enjoyable read. Pity about the conversion to Kindle edition. Lots of words, phrases and sentences repeated, especially at the beginning, which really spoiled the flow of the story. Made me wonder if I should just buy the book instead, if it carried on. Fortunately it didn't. Had to keep rereading the text to make sure it was not me. It wasn't.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Wilbur Smith's novels - particularly the ones that have the Courtney or Ballantine families on some adventure or other...not fogetting the Egyptian variants such as River God. But this one? As others have stated, it begins in typical fashion and really catches your imagination early on, but then seems to 'lose the plot' - if that's not stating the obvious. All the more surprising as Wilbur Smith usually keeps you enthralled pretty much up to the last page, however this one falls short of his normally high standards. The ending in particular is extremely poor for a novelist of his stature - it's as though someone shouted, "OK Wilbur times up - let's publish now!".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elephant Song - Wilbur Smith 31 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I haven't read a Wilbur Smith book for some years now (not sure why as I have enjoyed all his books I've read) and saw this at a knock down price on kindle so 1-clicked it immediately.

This book about murder and revenge with the usual flowing narrative by Smith about his beloved Africa was a pure joy and certainly in my opinion one of his best books.

One gets a great feel for the characters and the descriptions of the African landscape really capture the imagination. From the hero Daniel Armstrong to the despicable Ning Cheng the characters really stand out. I especially loved the bambuti people and WS really makes them come alive with his writing.

Some people say Smith's writing can be a bit graphic, but personally I think this is a good thing as he pulls no punches when writing about Africa and tells it like it is !

I would definitely recommend this book and in fact any of WS books as he is a great writer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Greed vs Nature in the Jungles, Good Guys WIn 6 Nov. 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Well-written, fast-paced, page-turner adventure from the master, etc. But the good guys win too easily. There's no grey in between. Nevertheless, if you love nature and elephants in particular, you will feel very sad at the rape of Africa which forms the basis of the book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book but awful editing 29 Mar. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The publishers ought to be embarrassed at the proof reader's efforts for this book. Typo's, spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, they are all here! At some points the book just does not make any sense, in terms of errors it's far worse than any of the self published books I have read, especially the first half. It made a big difference to my enjoyment of the book.
I have read quite a lot of his books recently so maybe its author fatigue as I found in this book his characters do seem rather repetitive and the plot is quite tired. The ending was also quite abrupt.

Those are the bad points, however I would recommend it anyway, I am a Wilber Smith fan, and hes awfully good at evoking rich images of Africa, and usually his books are a good read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the worst book I've ever read. 21 Oct. 2014
By Iliad
Format:Paperback
I couldn't believe how bad this book/story was. All the characters are stereotypical, one dimensional cardboard cut-outs. I cringed through the stiff upper lip dialogue. There was one character from the diplomatic corps, ex-army, who spoke in that clipped manner, leaving out all the direct or indirect objects for the nouns in his speech. The reason for carrying on reading was down to what Stephen King said in his book, 'On Writing', you would do well to read some of the poor stuff also. Mr Smith is a world famous author. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt that this was a stinker that should never have been published. It doesn't look as if it's even been edited!
There was one passage that I found hard to believe was left in. It describes how a man can't help looking at a certain woman's boobs, it goes like this: 'Bonny asked a few questions and Pickering addressed his replies to her bosom. Daniel found that Pickering's inability to take his eyes off those protuberances was beginning to irritate him. Daniel had conceived a proprietary interest of his own in this area.' WTF!! That's just plain clumsy, bad quality writing.
Sometimes a book can be badly written but contain a storyline that allows you to get to the end. This was a bitter struggle. It DID contain some harrowing stuff that some will either consider gratuitous, or brave to highlight. On the whole though, it was extremely boring.
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