Saturday, March 21, 2020

Tusker by Dougie Arnold

The sudden and violent increase of elephant poaching in the remote Kenya game reserve of Uwingoni threatens its very existence. Those who have devoted themselves to the protection of its precious wildlife seem ill equipped to deal with this new menace.
However, the arrival of two young people with no experience of Africa might just prove a turning point. For the first time in his life Harry feels he has found somewhere he really belongs and something he can fight for and believe in. Ana, a journalist escaping the horrors of a different war, brings a fresh insight into the battle against poaching as she struggles with her own internal demons.
They soon realise they are up against forces far more powerful and brutal than they could ever have imagined. Foreign investors driven by greed, corrupt government officials and religious fanatics with no boundaries, draw them deeper into a web of evil.
Half of all the net profits due to the author will be used to help organisations committed to elephant conservation.

Information about the Book
Title: Tusker
Author: Dougie Arnold
Release Date: 19th March 2020
Genre: Fiction
Page Count: 298
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Author Information
 Dougie Arnold worked as a teacher in Kenya in four different international prep schools, the last of which he set up from scratch. Half way through his career there, he took time out of education, gained his pilot’s licence and helped to run and market a game reserve on the edge of Rift Valley, an amazing experience that will always stay with him. On returning to the UK, he was the deputy head of a leading London prep school before taking early retirement to become a story teller. The influence of Africa is at the core of his work.  An illustrated children’s book, Invisible Us, was published last September and received excellent five-star reviews. Dougie lives with his family in South West London.

Tour Schedule

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Thursday 19th March

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Saturday 21st March

Sunday 22nd March

My Thoughts:

The Cover: 
What a brutal cover!! But very to the point and in your face. The love of elephants was passed on to me by my dear, sweet, long departed mother-in-law, so I could not wait to read Tusker. While the cover is bloody, the story is amazing.

The Plot: 
The story of Tusker was amazing, very well-written, while serving a purpose. I had heard all about the wild elephant and their majesty, grace, and beauty. But I was not aware of the danger to these wonderful animals. While opening the eyes of the reader, Tusker is a beautiful story about the fight to protect them. The adventure keeps you on the edge of your seat and the descriptions of the wildlife makes you feel like you are right there, present and in the moment.

The Characters: 
The characters in Tusker were all very dynamic, with interesting backstories. You feel like you get to know them through their love and determination to keep the animals safe. Harry and Ana are definitely my favorite; they seemed like a perfect pair. Jim and Kilifi intrigued me with their love for the wild and their commitment. I actually looked online to see if Uwingoni reserve existed. I just seemed so real and such a wonderful place.

Was It Worth Reading?: 
YES!!! Without a doubt!! Tusker was like taking a vacation in Kenya, at a beautiful game reserve. I could imagine watching the giraffes and warthogs emerging from the trees to come to the watering hole. Or watching the lions saunter in to take a drink. Or even driving around a corner on a dirt road to come face to face to a family of elephants.  I highly recommend Tusker to readers of sci-fi, drama, and thrillers and give it 5 out of 5 crossbows. 

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