In the broken country that is Zimbabwe, only the strongest can survive.
Three families – the Bryants, the Quilter-Phipps and the Ngwenyas – share a history as complex and bloody as the country itself.
Dedicated conservationists Paul and Philippa Bryant face an enormous struggle: to save their farm and small herd of endangered black rhinos from corrupt government minister Emmerson Ngwenya. Twin brothers, ex-soldier Braedan and environmentalist Tate Quilter-Phipps join the fight.
But the brothers’ own history is fraught, and when they fall in love with the same woman, Natalie Bryant, their rivalry threatens to not only derail the attempt to save the rhinos, but also puts the lives of all involved at risk. And with Emmerson vowing to stop at nothing until he has control of the farm, a bloody showdown seems inevitable.
With blood feuds still to settle, every one of these players will be drawn into the fray, and not one will remain unscathed.
Here's me with a hand-reared orphan black rhino at a rhino breeding ranch in Zimbabwe. This place provided the inspiration for Paul and Pip Bryant's farm in African Dawn
AFRICAN DAWN by Tony Park, UK: Quercus
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 also served 34 years in the Australian Army Reserve, including six months in Afghanistan in 2002.
He and his wife divide their time between two homes, one in Sydney and another in South Africa on the border of the Kruger National Park.
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