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Shadows along the Zambezi by [Hawkins, Diana M.]
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In 2008, Zimbabwe is a particularly dangerous place. Corruption, violence, rape, murder, and inhuman levels of greed and brutality ruled the land as lawless gangs of murderers battled for power. Pieter van Rooyen, a commercial farmer turned environmentalist, has felt the terror firsthand. Seven years earlier, his family was brutally murdered and his farm seized during Zimbabwe’s violent land-distribution scheme. The experience changed his life and priorities; now he has dedicated his life to honoring life.

He joins forces with Jessica Brennan, an American wildlife biologist, to protect Zimbabwe’s most threatened treasures, the elephants, which are being slaughtered by poachers and corrupt government officials alike—under the guise of conservation. Jessica is conducting a scientific study of Zimbabwe’s elephants, studying herds that roam the eastern Zambezi Valley. There, she witnesses many of the daily threats they face, including habitat encroachment, floods, droughts, government mismanagement of wildlife areas, and slaughter by illegal ivory hunters.

Jessica and Piet are joined by his former neighbor, Angus McLaren, another dispossessed farmer who narrowly escaped with his life when his farm was stolen by the so-called veterans of the independence war. Together, the trio wins over the local National Park Service chief, Hector Kaminjolo, and professional hunter Blair Nisbet, who step in to champion their cause.

Despite the terror and sadness that surrounds them, Jessica and Pieter are reminded of the best of human nature as they discover love. Against a backdrop of kidnappings, murders, and international intrigue, a healing love story emerges, proving that love truly can conquer all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 990 KB
  • Print Length: 361 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475954700
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: iUniverse (26 October 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic, Terrifying and Brutal 16 January 2013
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In Zimbabwe, Africa, when environmentalist and anti-poaching enforcer Piet van Rooyen, and wildlife biologist Jessica Brennan discover the freshly mutilated corpses of an entire elephant herd, they realize they are dealing with a group of professional poachers.
In a country where greed, corruption, savagery and lawlessness extend to the highest authorities, they know they are in for the fight of their lives if they are to save the other herds in the Zambezi valley. Along the way, they discover love.
Although the characters in this book are fictional, most of the appalling and shocking events depicted actually have taken place and are still happening today in Zimbabwe.
Author Diana Hawkins shows her extensive knowledge and love of elephants and the illicit poaching operations that may yet wipe them all out.
Dynamic, terrifying, and brutal, the book will draw you in with its poignant romance, the almost human bond the elephants have for their herd members, and the stunning scenic descriptions, and you'll find it almost impossible to put it down.

Trish Jackson, Author
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zambezi Shadows 9 July 2013
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What a wonderful read! "Shadows along the Zambezi" has a compelling story line, a strong sense of authenticity due to the author's growing up in Zimbabwe, a clear clash between the values of wealth and power and the value of life itself. Diana Hawkins exudes love and respect for the the elephants and her knowledge of these wonderful
creatures, their daily habits and relationship patterns is extensive and comes through in vivid and realistic detail. This book has made me read with new eyes recent articles
in the New York Times about the horror of elephant slaughter.

In 2012 I was fortunate to spend a week in Zimbabwe visiting in several communities, my first step into Africa. In the midst of their troubles, the Zimbabweans are people with great heart and great hope for the future. The author is definitely a spokesman both for the people of that land and for the elephants.
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4.0 out of 5 stars eye opener 9 February 2013
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My wife read this book, and here is her review:
Shadows Along the Zambezi is an interesting account of what has gone on in Zimbabwe. Hawkins weaves a human love story amidst the heartbreaking story of the fate of the elephants and the struggle for survival in a frightening political atmosphere. The depiction of the elephant herds is beautiful, and "witnessing" the birth of an elephant is heartwarming. The book was an eye opener for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 21 January 2013
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I just finished reading this book. From this book I have gained a better understanding of the atrocies that are occurring in Zimbabwe to both humans and elephants. It is a page turner from the first chapter to the end. The action packed adventure is about relationships with people to people, people and elephants, and elephants to elephants. It's a great eye opener and a good read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 8 February 2013
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Very informative about what was going on in Africa at that time. Very engrossing story about that part of the country.

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