Alex Tremain is a pirate in trouble. The two women in his life – one of them his financial adviser, the other his diesel mechanic – have left him. He’s facing a mounting tide of debts and his crew of modern-day buccaneers, a multi-national band of ex-military cutthroats, are getting restless. They don’t all share his dream of going legit, but what Alex really wants is to re-open the five-star resort hotel which once belonged to his Portuguese mother and English father on the Island of Dreams, off the coast of Mozambique.
A chance raid on a wildlife smugglers’ ship sets the Chinese triads after him and, to add to his woes, corporate lawyer Jane Humphries lands, literally, in his lap.
Another woman’s the last thing Captain Tremain needs right now – especially one whose lover is a ruthless shipping magnate backed up by a deadly bunch of contract killers.
What Alex really needs is one last, big heist – something valuable enough to fulfil his dreams and set him and his men up for life.
When the South African government makes a controversial decision to reinstitute the culling of elephants in its national parks, Alex finds the answer to his prayers, but at what cost?
Researching books can be hard work and I had to spend an extensive amount of time on the beach in Mozambique to get a feel for the settings for my novel Ivory. Here's the view from my mobile field office.
This old ruined Portuguese hotel on Paradise Island, Mozambique, provided the inspiration for pirate Alex Tremain's hotel on the fictional Ilha dos Sonhos in Ivory.
Always a stickler for research, I took to the waters at Paradise Island in front of the abandoned hotel. This is where Alex Tramain takes a dip to cure his hangover at the beginning of Ivory.
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.