|Elephant Song (1994) [Novel]|
by Wilbur Smith
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'Blood was the fertiliser that made the African soil bloom...'
From under the shadow of the Mountains of the Moon and the deep, brooding forests of the Tall Trees, to the hidden opulence of Taiwan and the panelled boardrooms of power in the heart of London, a rough, determined man and a dedicated woman begin their fight against the forces of greed, evil and corruption ...
In Zimbabwe, Doctor Daniel Armstrong, world-famous author and TV naturalist, returns to the game reserve of his youth - Chiwewe National Park in Zimbabwe to film a new series about the realities of wildlife in modern day Africa. Dan Armstrong is after the truth about Africa, notthe pretty pictures: like the unrecognised truth that elephants must be slaughtered in their hundreds to preserve the balance between the animals and their environment. Both the meat and the ivory are then sold to pay far the park's upkeep. Dan and his cameraman Jock film the destruction of an elephant family, closing in as their blood stains the soil and their death song echoes around the stillness of the valley. They are joined by Johnny Nazou, the Matabele chief warden and an old bush friend of Dan's. Chiwewe is full of memories for both men, Dan's wife is buried there, and he has not been back since her death. But another visitor to the park arouses Dan's suspicions; Ning Cheng Gong, the Chinese ambassador in Harare. Ning, an ivory expert from a rich Taiwanese family, has feigned an interest in wildlife to visit the park...
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 and of a people - the Bambuti - she has come to love as her own.
Combining breathtaking realism with thrilling suspense, Elephant Song is a journey deep into the heart of a wild, magnificent continent, threatened for ever by the destructive hand of man.
Original title: Elephant Song
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ Wild Frontiers And Exotic Lands