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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  360 ratings  ·  19 reviews
" Safari by Tony Park, the author of Red Earth, is a full-throttle international thriller that will engross fans of Clive Cussler.

The hunt begins . . .

A volatile Zimbabwe and the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo are the battlefields for a deadly game of cat and mouse in Africa's wildlife wars.

Canadian researcher Michelle Parker jumps at the chance to visit the
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Published October 1st 2017 by Pan (first published 2007)
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May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Safari is the fourth novel by Australian author, Tony Park. Fletcher Reynolds is a white Zimbabwean who owns Isilwane Lodge, near the Hwange Game Reserve, and runs a game safari business. Despite the political situation in that country, the safaris are popular with overseas tourists, but poaching is a major problem, so he employs ex-SAS mercenary, Shane Castle as his head of security. For Zimbabwe-born, Australian-raised Castle, this comes at a good time as his actions in Iraq have put his futur ...more
James Hartley
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Tony Park Africa book Ive read and slots in nicely with Wilbur Smith and even Willard Price. Its a modern, knowing, fast-moving take on the tried and tested African adventure novel tropes but still manages to be fresh in places. The author obviously loves the countries and countrysides he is writing about and you really get the feeling, from the telling, observers-eye details Parks includes, that you are there on the veld or in the tents with the characters. But its the charact ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Safari will be remembered as on of my favourite books. Tony Park really captured my imagination with his writing of Africa and its culture with the added bonus of thrilling action and adventure on every page to such an extent, I found it difficult to put this book down.
patricia lapage
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

This was the first book by Tony Park that I read and since then have read almost every one of them!
Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is good, but I think it could have been far better. The book is written from a white perspective only, as if blacks in Africa are only worth of secondary characters. The book also portrays blacks in a very stereotyped way. For example, in his portrayal of HIV the author of the book becomes repetitive (with all his descriptions of black, slender, sick men, about to die), which you could almost accept, as HIV is a reality no one can deny in Africa. Yet, when the white characters of the b ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
When I found myself in Kruger Park in South Africa, I decided that I wanted to be reading something about a safari in Africa. The gift shop of our lodge had several books by Tony Park, all set in Africa. I asked the girl in the shop if she was familiar with the books and if she could recommend her favorite. She told me yes and that Safari was her favorite. I bought it, started reading and was immediately hooked. This is about poaching on reserves in Zimbabwae, and about some big game hunting sti ...more
Aug 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-reads
A very enjoyable well paced light read with a plausible story and believable characters for the most part. The character of Marie and the overall writing in the Congo parts ot the book was jarring though and Fletcher becomes more evil as the book progresses but then almost changes for a brief second Michelle too then comes up with a ruse at the end slightly out of character.. The ending also has too many coincidences but interesting that the very final denouement is not shown just explained via ...more
Danie Botha
Having grown up in Southern Africa, it was refreshing to experience how Park had captured the essence of Africa.
He paints an alarming and vivid picture of poaching - depiction of the ongoing wildlife war. From present day Zimbabwe through the steaming jungles of the Congo, the reader is swept along on a non-stop roller coaster ride of hunting, wildlife conservation, greed, betrayal, brutal violence, of friendship, and of loyalty. Wilbur Smith has found a worthy successor. One thing could make t
Paul Street
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Audio book. First exposure to Tony Park's African-themed novels. Surprisingly good yarn if a bit long. Characters had depth, the plot was well-constructed and Park's style of writing was very visual and highly educational. His description of places and life in modern day East Africa (Zimbabwe and DRC) came across as very authentic. Some very thought-provoking moral issues under consideration. Loved the up-close interaction with the mountain gorillas. Could do without the sex scenes - but that's ...more
Terrance Zepke
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite Tony Park novel. Anyone who loves Africa (like me) will love reading this book. I had never had of this author but came across this book while I was in South Africa. Bought it but didn't get around to reading it until I was back home. Reminded me of my great safari trip! Park does a good job describing people and places. Love the storyline and narrative. Good book! Great read...
Sheila Rankin
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant read. You could smell and taste the African land. Tony Park weaves a wonderful story with political and geographical facts. Highly recommended.
Nicola Sheridan
I am slowly working my way through Tony Park's back list and as with those I've read before it - I loved it. Well worth the read if you're into African Action!
Amy L
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While it is fiction, it is has interesting insight into the uphill battle to save and protect the wildlife of Africa....and the people who live there, too.
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tony Parker doesn't disappoint and brought me right out of the cold and rain into the mysteries of the African jungle.
Light fluffy thriller - average writing, but entertaining
Sep 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I read 3/4 of it. That's about all I could stomach...and the only reason I read as much because my spouse told me it "picks up"-which it didn't, and because of the setting.
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Tony Park was born in 1964 and grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. He has worked as a newspaper reporter in Australia and England, a government press secretary, a public relations consultant, and a freelance writer.

He is also a major in the Australian Army Reserve and served six months in Afghanistan in 2002 as the public affairs officer for the Australian ground forces.

He and his wife, Nico
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