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The Rhino Conspiracy

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A leading politician and anti-apartheid campaigner turns the spotlight to Rhino conservation in this riveting and timely thriller. In the last decade more than 6,000 rhinos have been killed in South Africa. Relentless poaching for their horns has led to a catastrophic fall in black rhino numbers. Meanwhile, a corrupt South African government turns a blind eye to the intern ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 1st 2021 by Muswell Press
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Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A thriller set in South Africa about wildlife trafficking, The Rhino Conspiracy by Peter Hain was an immediate pick for me and I am thankful to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me the ARC to read and review.

A wildlife park in South Africa is, like several others, the target of ruthless poachers and its owner needs to device a plan to take the fight to them. But the poaching industry is as powerful as it is lethal, having connections to the topmost offices of the government. The entire n
Marie (UK)
I received an ARC of this book which is described by others as fiction and a thriller. It strikes me a book of two parts faction with a political leaning and environmental with a focus on the increasing endangerment of animals. It wraps this up in a series of events that entail getting the better of the other side with lots of violence and indeed deaths. I think there is a lot to be admired in the book but it is wrapped in inappropriate packaging because it can\t be wholly one thing or the other ...more
Tove R.
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is exactly the book I have been looking for! I find this to be a well-written, realistic, and important work of fiction, because it tackles many problems in South Africa and the rest of the world. Rhinos are going extinct as we speak, and we have to take every possible precaution to stop this! This book explains very well what is going on with rhinos being poached for their horns to fulfill rich (Chinese/Vietnamese) delusions and egos. Another important subject in the book is the infamous c ...more
David Kenvyn
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There has been a spate of thrillers about South Africa recently: first, George Alagiah, then Barry Gilder and now Peter Hain. All of them are written by authors who know what they are talking about, and all of them will leave you with your spine tingling and your hair standing on end.
Peter Hain’s new book and first novel, “The Rhino Conspiracy” is very much based on fact. There are personal touches in the book, about the years in exile in London and about the contribution of his own family to th
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I really wasn't sure what to expect when picking up this book. A book about Rhino poaching? Government conspiracies? A story about conservation and the ultimate disaster that our planet is heading towards if we do not finally sit up and take note? Well ... yes. It was al of those things but so much more. Although the characters in this book, many of whom are not formally named, may be fictionalised, the story behind the story, the corruption and greed of the post Apartheid and post Mandela South ...more
Ben Taylor
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this, I really did. The combination of politics, corruption, activism and wildlife, all very real and current in the South African context, is rich with potential and a great fit with my own interests. The author has a great background for telling this story. And the plot is strong.

But it really doesn't work.

Let's take a relatively minor problem first: the use of very thinly disguised real-world individuals as major characters in the novel felt uncomfortable, not least in the fo
Beej Jeffery
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Rhino Conspiracy

Peter Hain

Muswell Press

Peter Hain has produced an impressive snapshot of the political scene in Southern Africa during, and after Apartheid in this work. Leaving almost no issue uncovered, it it gives us a precis on political corruption in the ANC, the Aids epidemic, ivory poaching, domestic violence; even modern Chinese colonialism.

Interwoven with this array of facts and statistics are the characters making up the fictional adjunct of the book. Hain has assigned a portion of
Maria Flaherty
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
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‘The Rhino Conspiracy’ by Peter Hain is a keen and unusual political thriller, exposing the illegal trade of rhinos against a background of political corruption in South Africa. Initially, there are several different strands; first we meet ‘The Veteran’, a former veteran of the fight for freedom, breaks from the ANC in order to confront the corruption that is rife is his beloved homeland. Meanwhile, we learn of Zama Zama, a new wildlife refugee, where we meet Thandi, and Mkhize, who will form an ...more
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got a review copy of this book and as a complete political ignoramus I was not aware until I googled him exactly how impressive a career Peter Hain has had. You do need to understand his backstory a little to understand this novel as it clearly involves causes Peter is extremely passionate about. I heartily recommend the Rhino conspiracy, it has a slow beginning but you find yourself drawn into the characters even though some don't have names. This is clearly the work of an accomplished and in ...more
Steven Feldman
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Rhino Conspiracy by Peter Hain is set in modern day South Africa, it combines a page turner about the battle against rhino poachers with a scathing critique of the corruption that pervaded South Africa in the post Mandela era.

Hain is well qualified to expose the corruption of the modern state but I was surprised at how good a thriller writer he is. This is really really good, I wonder what he will do next?
David Gilchrist
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I bought a signed copy...I love the theme, the characters and the underlying story and aim to raise the profile of issues relating to African wildlife..Many parts of this book reminded me of the early Wilbur Smith books, very descriptives and well told.
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