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The Delta Paperback – 29 Sep 2011

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085738113X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857381132
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An all-action, old-fashioned, full-on boy's own romp from an author who is starting to challenge the veteran Wilbur Smith for the title of 'master of the African thriller'... Break-neck in pace, with narrow escapes from death on every page, its charm is infectious." --Daily Mail (UK)
"Action-packed... love, betrayal, and myriad plot twists keep this story moving a mile a minute. Southern Africa is brought to life with detailed description of people, animals, and the wild yet beautiful landscape....A thriller that will make your heart race as you find yourself immersed in the struggle for survival."--Library Journal (starred review)
"A fast-moving thriller starring a female mercenary in a great setting, along with violence and a dollop of sex... Don't expect damsels in distress in this novel. Do expect a thrill ride that won't disappoint."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
An "ambitious African thriller... Park excels at capturing the wilds of the continent, as well as its political and commercial pressures."--Publishers Weekly


An all-action, old-fashioned, full-on boy's own romp from an author who is starting to challenge the veteran Wilbur Smith for the title of master of the African thriller' Break-neck in pace, with narrow escapes from death on every page, its charm is infectious. "Daily Mail (UK)"

Action-packed love, betrayal, and myriad plot twists keep this story moving a mile a minute. Southern Africa is brought to life with detailed description of people, animals, and the wild yet beautiful landscape .A thriller that will make your heart race as you find yourself immersed in the struggle for survival. "Library Journal (starred review)"

A fast-moving thriller starring a female mercenary in a great setting, along with violence and a dollop of sex Don't expect damsels in distress in this novel. Do expect a thrill ride that won't disappoint. "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

[An] ambitious African thriller... Park excels at capturing the wilds of the continent, as well as its political and commercial pressures. "Publishers Weekly"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An action-packed thriller set in the heart of the African wilderness. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Really enjoyed the book and the details about Africa. The action was fast paced and the book sped along well. The only issue I had was that I brought it on Kindle (it was 99p on the Kindle Daily Deal) and it seems that every page/paragraph break had been missed out. So as you were reading the text flowed into the next piece of action and I often found myself having to re-read to find out which characters were talking, and where the action was taking place. All very confusing :-(
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I bought this book on daily deal and I have to say it's a great book. Just when you thought you knew where it was headed it went off in a different direction. Some things you just don't see coming. I have never been to Africa and have very little knowledge of the politics of the country. I'm not sure that the book made it any clearer but that does't matter. It was a very good read and would like to read more when the prices come down.
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