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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2006
If ever there was a book, to show people how we should treat the world and the animals that inhabit it, then this is it. Before you a story of compassion and mutual respect unfolds, between man and beast. Illustrated with beautiful and sometimes personnel photos, we are reminded of a world where very few of us will ever tread, but where we probably all started. This book reminds us that the earth is very much shared, and not owned by us, and that we are lucky when the animal world shares something with us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The story of a man, (Captain Drummond )and his remarkable relationship with a group of Cheetah cubs, raised by him on the plains of the Maasai Mara. His bond with the female (Queen) in particular a heart warming story of man and beast, which to my mind is a way forward for the conversation of the Cheetah.

The Captain has proved beyond doubt, it is possible to return wild born Cheetah cubs to their natural habitat. Thereby, opening up another strand in the long term survival of this beautiful species.

This book should be read by all of you Africa, and wildlife lovers.

P.S. This is one occasion seeing spots before your eyes is good for your health
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2006
I am not a great reader at the best of times. However, once I had started to read this book I could not put it down. If you love wildlife, this is the book for you. The story will touch your heart so much so you cannot imagine anyone ever leaving this incredible place.
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on 8 May 2008
`Queen of the Mara' does not really match the description on the back cover. It appeared that this was the story of cubs being raised in the wild with human guidance, but this part is in fact covered very briefly and the book is mainly about the author's close relationship with one of the cubs throughout her life.

The book is basically an autobiography of the author's later life in Africa. It is touching to read how the cheetah played such a pivotal role in Drummand's life, however there is an ongoing current of anthropomorphism which may endear some to the book, while irritating others. For me it undervalued the book as an educational tool.

I have to say there does seem to be an element of self-importance in Drummand's writing, which is slightly unseemly. His position as honorary park warden results in an apparent sense of superiority over the native people who worked for him.

The style and layout does not appear modern and gives an impression of a 1970s book rather than a 2005 publication, which detracts from its aesthetic appeal. Large text and few pictures do not make for an appealing read and it appears quite dry and hard going. The photographs are few, mostly old and of mediocre quality.

Overall this is a heart-warming story of the intimate relationship between one man and a wild cheetah. Its an enjoyable read but has flaws and isn't really that good for learning about cheetahs. I also found it a little dry and it took me a long time to read.
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on 3 October 2010
Dave Drummond's account of his experience living in Kenya's Masai Mara is one of the most interesting biographical accounts I have read in a very long time. For anyone who is a fan of the BIG CAT series, this book is an absolute must. Mr. Drummond's passion for conservation is commendable and heartfelt. His patience and persistence paid off handsomely in that he was able to win the trust of a wild cheetah. His account with Petal (others might know her as "Amber" from the Big Cat Series) is a fascinating look into the world of these regal, impossibly beautiful spotted cats. Mr. Drummond's narrative is spoken with conviction, and his love of Africa, the land, the animals and its people is a constant theme throughout. There are moments in the book that literally will take your breath away, and others that are absolutely gut wrenching. This will be a book I will think about for a long time. Petal, Queen of the Mara, transformed Dave Drummond...she also had a profound impact on me. Excellent, amazing read!
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on 16 November 2013
The book was brilliant but the description form the seller could have been more accurate. This book actually had a very old brass pin under the dust jacket going all the way through many of the pages. How this was not spotted I don't know, it had been there for a very long time.
More care please in future.
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