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The Last Savanna

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  944 ratings  ·  97 reviews
With Africa's last elephants dying under the poachers' guns, Kenya rancher and former SAS officer Ian MacAdam leads a commando squad against them. Pursuing the poachers through jungled mountains and searing deserts he battles thirst, solitude, terror and lethal animals, only to find that the poachers have kidnapped a young archaeologist, Rebecca Hecht, whom he once loved ...more
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Published November 19th 2013 by Mandevilla Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an free electronic copy of this from NetGalley for my review. Wonderful book, beautiful writing. The writing is so detailed you feel like you are in Africa. Ivory poachers are gunning down Africa’s last elephants and former SAS officer Ian MacAdam who leads a commando squad against them.
The Last Savannah is an African action adventure playing itself out in the deserts, savannas and wildness of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Ian MacAdam, a Kenyan farmer and former SAS officer, cannot deny his assistance when an old friend who saved his life numerous times, ask him to join a commando hunting down the poachers of the last elephants of Kenya. This request forces him to a make a final choice about his love and dedication to Africa when his wife, a lonely alcoholic, announces her
Tyler J [They/He] (Wickedjr Reads)
In a nutshell this isn't the book I thought I was going to get. I thought Africa, poaching and a thriller trying to save Elephants, yes please! I have strong opinions about poaching and I love animals, especially elephants! I expected a realistic, gritty but hopefully hopeful story about the fight against poaching. That doesn't seem to be what this is about.

I have looked at some other reviews in order to see what's going to happen, and i'm so not interested. I can already see MacAdam has no
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mike Bond's The Last Savanna (Mandevilla Press 2013) is one of the most darkly beautiful books you will ever read. If it were non-fiction, you'd consider him a nature writer of the caliber of Matthiesen but more dystopian. Read these snippets:

"Like malaria, Africa. Once bitten you can never shake it."

"The shoulder-high thorn bushes grew thicker near the stream. The downslope breeze twirled their strong, dusty scents among their gnarled trunks."

"He waited for the comforting twitter of sunbirds in
Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Last Savanna" by Mike Bond is described as an existential thriller with environmental elements and a major focus on the extreme lengths we go to for love. Immediately I was swept up in the eloquent yet articulate prose, which at times delved deep into my being to touch upon experiences I have had in life, at other times the writing was so verbose that I had difficulty understanding what the author was attempting to say. In hindsight I believe this mix of "hitting the nail on the head" and ...more
Dee Arr
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
By the time I finished “The Last Savanna,” I felt I had read several different books by at least as many authors. This book came highly recommended, and I expected much more than I received.

The book had a quirky start, taking almost three chapters until readers are finally introduced to some of the characters. I get that the author was trying to set the tone of the story, a lengthy survival of the fittest lesson taught over and over. By the time I was halfway through the story, I had almost come
Review to come . . . A bit of travel delay, but here it is:

"Is it all dreams and loneliness, with no purpose? How awful to die never having scratched the surface of your soul."

The Last Savanna: Fierce - Raw - Brutal - Graphic. Not for the faint of heart. Based on the trailer synopsis, in addition to ISBN category tags, Elephants, Africa-fiction, and Ivory Poaching-fiction being the top three, I had envisioned devouring this novel with great attentive enthusiasm. My heart grieves for the rape of
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chuck by: Netgalley
The Last Savanna
by Mike Bond
Mandevilla Press

Love story. Fable. Lament.
Adventure. Travelogue.
Celebration of life, of things larger than life.
Celebration of love.
Celebration of death.

The Last Savanna is all of those, and more. Its characters are complex, their motivations a mix of the divine, the grand, the selfless, juxtaposed with the bestial, the small, the selfish. Which of these emotions do we, the reader, identify within ourselves as we read? All of them, I'd wager.

Mike Bond
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Deborah by: NetGalley
Shelves: own, netgalley
On its surface, The Last Savanna is about a group of Somali ivory poachers who have entered Kenya, the woman kidnapped by one of the poachers, and the man tasked with hunting down the poachers and rescuing the woman, and these events make for an interesting story. However, the real star of this novel is not any of the human beings, but Africa itself.

I cannot remember the last time I read a work of fiction in which the sense of place was so strong and commanding. Mike Bond's descriptions of the
Jenny Boyce

I requested this book on a whim, generally being interested in books on Africa, and I'm very glad that I opted to read this book as it was a very enjoyable read. There were many parts that set this book apart from other books about Africa, but most notably the characters and beautiful writing.

The plot in this book was really interesting. The story follows a couple groups of people, that end up interconnecting at the end. One group is a group of Somali
Bonnye Reed
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
GNAB I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Mike Bond and Mandevilla Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.

I always enjoy Mike Bond. This is a gem of a novel, bringing us into and through parts of Africa with clarity and a sense of the heart of this country that we don't often see. The story itself is fine - a mystery well tempered and told. The jewel is the love of this world Mike Bond is able to share with us in and
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Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Having just finished Mike Bond's The Last Savanna, I find I now have an unquenchable thirst and am downing glass of ice water after glass of ice water as I type due to Bond's vivid descriptions of the African sun:

All this was nothing to the sun which bore down like a molten weight dropped from a great height, always, every millisecond, crushing her, flaying her shoulders through the white cotton shirt, as if the fabric were not even there, or worse, as if it magnified the heat. Sun lacerated her
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book.

It is historically accurate to the point of being disturbing with the graphic detail. It is apparent that the author has experience in the dangers of the region, and feels close to the
land and animals there. The characters that make the book come alive, are also vividly detailed.
You almost feel that you know them and some of what they are experiencing; fear, reluctance, responsibility.

It's difficult to comprehend for me the cruelty and horrific brutality inflicted by poachers.
Mark Lacy
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, adventure
Mike Bond's The Last Savanna is a survival story at several levels, from the survival of predatory and prey in the African bush, to the survival of men and women in the unforgiving landscape, the survival of human-hunted and the human-prey, and the survival of the continent itself as the land is stripped of its wildlife. I didn't really know what to expect of this novel, but I was pleasantly surprised. It is much more literary than your typical adventure novel. The characters are all too human, ...more
Wendi Dusek
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was instantly taken to the mountains and deserts of Africa. Along with an understanding of McAdams love for all that Africa was and will no longer be. We are all aware of the disappearance of African animal species. I really felt his heartbreak as he also realized this.

Of course there is another matter going on here with the chase between hunter and hunted - and are is McAdams the hunted or the hunter. The book intrigues and keeps your heart racing at times as the hunt continues on.

If I have
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That cover, that cover, that cover. Would you look at that beautiful cover! OK now onto the book itself...This was an amazing story with vivid descriptions that make you feel like you can "see" the story unfolding. I found this book very hard to put down and just wanted to keep reading. The fact that this book is based on the authors actual experiences makes this book even more amazing. Highly recommend this book!
Peter Simpson
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant adventure story which feels, tastes, smells and despairs of Africa. How does an expat feel thousands of miles from home?Read this to find out. How does a hunter feel when he is being hunted ? The answer is also in this book. Mike Bond paints a brilliant picture of post colonial Africa where expats experience a multitude of conflicting emotions living in a country which is no longer "theirs" but which they love and are loath to leave. Superb.
Susan Angela Wallace
The Last Savanna by Mike bond.
As ivory poachers are gunning down Africa’s last elephants, former SAS officer Ian MacAdam leads a commando squad against them. He pursues the poachers through jungled mountains and searing deserts, only to find they have kidnapped a young archaeologist, Rebecca Hecht, whom he once loved and bitterly lost. He embarks on a desperate trek to save not only Rebecca but his own soul in an Africa torn apart by wars, overpopulation and the slaughter of its last wildlife.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tedious... the only word I can think of to describe this collection-of-words-without-purpose. Actually, "excruciatingly tedious" would be a more apt description. Couldn't finish it. I tried. I really tried. But the long-winded, rambling collection of adjectives and adjectival clauses in almost every sentence was just too dense to bear. They obliterated any story that Bond may have been trying to tell. If there was any. I'd rate this a minus 10 if I could. Definitely not an "author" I will read ...more
Jeremy Reppy
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book pulls you in with the first chapter, a vivid description of life and death on the savanna. This is the third book by Mike Bond that I have read. One of his strengths as a writer is the quality of his descriptions of people, places, and events; at times, you feel like you are actually there. This was another enjoyable book by Mr. Bond. The book focuses on poaching in Africa, but also addresses broader issues of how Westerners have transformed Africa and African societies (not always for ...more
Steve R
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway, and bid on it based upon the description as an Africa based adventure story. This is my first book by Mike Bond and I primarily struggled with the writing style which lowered my review score from 3 stars. I am not sure if all of his books are written in this style, but I found it exhausting and required re-reading certain paragraph to make sure I understood what he was saying. I almost gave up on the book, but stuck with it as the story was ...more
Schuyler Wallace
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Images of Africa contain savagery, curious animal behavior, human suffering, and hostile environment. Mike Bond, in THE LAST SAVANNA, touches on all these elements and does it with style and realism.

The protagonist, former SAS officer Ian MacAdam, leads a campaign against ivory poachers, chasing them through the steamy jungles and burning deserts of northern Kenya. The pursuit eventually centers on a small band of natives who have kidnapped a woman who was a former love of MacAdam’s, but who has
Tom Donaghey
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
THE LAST SAVANNAH by Mike Bond is a tale of survival and the circle of life told out on the plains and deserts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. The book is set up with an opening story of one animal hunting and killing another, which in turn is brought down by another predator, all the while being watched by the hyenas awaiting their chance at the scraps.
Along the way there are Somali poaches tracking and killing elephants for their ivory. When the local police ask former SAS man Ian MacAdam to
Dixie Petersen
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written book!

Africa. A place so diverse, I don't believe those, including me, who have not been there could possibly understand. Mike Bond understands.

It's part of the world, where "progress" has changed it so much that the Africa I grew up learning about, sadly, doesn't exist any more. This book brings home the contrasts of the life lived by those who continue to live the way of life they were raised with, and those that have been introduced to modern ways, yet have no way to
Sue Williams
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always been fascinated by Africa so I was quite happy when I won this book. I hadn't gotten very far into it and at one point I wasn't sure I wanted to read it. Bond's writing is very graphic and he was describing a scene where a wounded lion is being attacked by a group of hyenas. I had to skip that page and hope there weren't any more like it. It is a story of one man's love of Africa and it's wildlife and his attempt to help the animals and stop the warring tribes that are killing the ...more
Brian Earnest
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book in the first reads give away and I was glad that I won this book. I love this book, it is a good story about African wildlife and poaching. What I like the most about what Mike Bond did in the story was make you feel like you were in this part of Africa, he describes what the savanna is like really well, like you could smell and taste what it was like to be their, I am looking forward to reading more books by Mike Bond.
Melinda M
The Last Savanna by Mike Bond is an adventure set in Africa. It is the story of ivory poachers and an former SAS man who leads a campaign against them . It is set in Kenya . Mike Bond does a good job of making you feel a connection to Africa especially Kenya and the hardships that exist there. It is an interesting adventure with enough adventure for those who like mystery and thrillers.

I received a copy thru a Goodreads Giveaway.
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Last Savanna by Mike Bond is a book of imagery as much as it is a story about poaching and kidnapping. The sense of setting is so real, I felt as if I was once again back in Kenya. The characters complex, the animals vividly portrayed all in Technicolor realism, with a bit of a political statement along the way. Beautifully written.

Copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
Heather Fineisen
This is not badly written. I like the idea of a group of special operatives with big guns saving elephants from poachers and the moralistic look into the way of life for all factions. I made it through a lion's kill and killing and then a soul wrenching elephant massacre before admitting it is not the book for me. I like elephants more than people in many cases.

provided by publusher
Brenton Jennings
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway, action, fiction
Sweet! I get to read this awesome book, "The Last Savanna", by Mike Bond for free thanks to Mike Bond and Goodreads First Reads. is where it is all at. Thanks again.
I will eagerly write a review upon receiving and reading, "The Last Savanna" by Mike Bond
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MIKE BOND has been called the “master of the existential thriller” by the BBC and “one of the 21st century’s most exciting authors” by the Washington Times. He is a bestselling novelist, environmental activist, international energy expert, war and human rights correspondent and award-winning poet who has lived and worked in many remote and dangerous parts of the world. His critically acclaimed ...more
“I have spent hours and hours watching elephants, and to come to understand what emotional creatures they's not just a species facing extinction, it's massive individual suffering.” 8 likes
“The breeze across the desert as the light died was so sweet she could almost drink it.” 7 likes
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