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The Delta

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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1743196865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1743196861
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Tony Park was born in 1964 and grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. He has worked as a newspaper journalist in Australia and the UK, a government press secretary, freelance writer and a PR consultant. He is also a Major in the Australian Army Reserve and served as a public affairs officer in Afghanistan in 2002. He and his wife, Nicola, divide their time between their home in Sydney, and southern Africa, where they own a Land Rover and a tent. Tony researchs and writes his novels on location, in Africa. www.tonypark.net www.tonyparkblog.blogspot.com

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
The Delta is the 7th fiction novel by Tony Park. Once again set in Africa, the main character this time is a female mercenary, Sonja Kurtz. After an attempt to assassinate the President of Zimbabwe goes wrong, Sonja escapes to Botswana. There she intends to look up her first love, Stirling Smith, at the safari lodge he still manages. Against her better judgement, her boss, Martin Steele, involves her in a plot to help the Caprivi Liberation Army and to blow up the newly-constructed Okavango Dam which appears to be destroying the Okavango Delta. Throw into the mix American actor "Coyote" Sam Chapman and his World Wildlife film crew, and you have a great story.
I was interested to read and review this book for several reasons. I have read other books by Park, but the main characters have always been men, so I was interested to see how he dealt with a woman in that spot (very well!). I was also interested because it was set in Botswana. I am a very big fan of a particular series by a male author, also set in Botswana, where the main character is also a woman. Alexander McCall-Smith manages to portray Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi so well in his No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series that readers could be forgiven for thinking the author was female. This book, however, is a world away from that series!
Park's dialogue is authentic, the descriptions are highly evocative, the plot has plenty of twists and turns, and the characters are quite believable, although many are not what they first seem. There are some delightful turns of phrase. Park even manages to have the reader sympathetic with a hired assassin! There is lots of action, quite a bit of violence and an exciting finish with a laugh-out-loud last line.
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Sonya Kurtz is a woman mercenary working in Africa. She is beautiful, honest, deadly and a sympathetic but somewhat tormented superhero - kind of a female Jack Reacher but with angst. This is a story of action, intrigue and war during which Sonya becomes reconciled to her estranged father and her illegitimate and resentful daughter.
Tony Park is clearly a born storyteller. His settings are vivid and his characters (even minor ones) come alive and develop in a satisfying way. The plot of this book is well constructed and moves along at a ripping pace with surprises in every chapter.
It's a pity that the Kindle version was so poorly formatted with missing paragraph and section breaks all through the book. It took some getting used to jumping between completely different scenes without warning. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER AMAZON!
In spite of this annoyance I gave this novel five stars as I did not think such a talented author should be penalised because of a dilatory proof reader failing to do their job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela on 4 Sept. 2012
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Having visited the Okavanga Delta I was interested to get the book. It was o.k. but the style of writing was a bit corny, the characters were a bit unreal, and did not live up to my expectations! Wouldn't really recommend it.
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awful ... can't believe how badly written this is ... all over the place, a rediculous 'heroine' .. and an even more recidulous story line. Must've been written when he was at school.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By simplysam on 11 Aug. 2011
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I have always loved Tony Park's books, every one of them, but this one bordered on the ridiculous! It was such a disappointment, the characters were totally unbelievable, especially the main female lead. She must have had superhuman powers to have carried out the various contracts assigned to her. The end of the book, the scene on the beach and the yacht could just not have been possible....
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By cornel on 8 Aug. 2014
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Thouroughly enjoyable read from start to finish, it is what I came to expect from Tony Park, and much more
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Piet6510 on 8 May 2012
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Have read all of Wilbur Smiths and heard about Tony Park whilst ion holiday in South Africa - having lived in what was Rhodesia for 26 years - the plot back ground etc is well known to me and Tony Park seems to have hit the nail on the head
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By samburumags on 9 July 2011
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Another Tony Park winner. If you love Africa and enjoy a good thriller you must read The Delta and all of the Tony Park books they are GREAT
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