British business tycoon Julianne Clyde-Smith will do anything to save Africa’s endangered wildlife, including setting up an elite anti-poaching squad. Hiring Sonja Kurtz to head up the covert strike force, Julianne gives the former mercenary whatever she needs to take down Africa’s poaching kingpins. As the body count rises, it becomes harder for Sonja and her team to stay under the radar.
When her former flame, safari guide and private investigator Hudson Brand, is hired to investigate the death of an alleged poacher, Sonja is forced to ask herself if Julianne’s wildlife crusade has gone too far.
As the investigation deepens it becomes increasingly apparent that a shadowy underworld syndicate known as the Scorpions are pulling the strings behind Africa’s poaching epidemic. Just as Julianne is intent on wiping out poaching so, too, are the Scorpions concentrating on taking out the women who stand in their way . . .
While in the Serengeti National Park in ‘The Cull’, Hudson and Sonja watch a lioness try to catch a Thompson’s gazelle. Here’s the real thing happening in the same place mentioned in the book
What do you do when witnessing one of nature’s greatest spectacles? Turn away and take a selfie, of course. There’s a scene in ‘The Cull’ where Sonja and Hudson witness the great wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River. I was lucky enough to see this while writing ‘The Cull’.
Sunset at the beautiful Lakeshore Lodge at Kipili, on the edge of Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania. I stayed here while I was writing part of The Cull. Some action in the book takes place at a fictitious lodge set somewhere near here. The Lakeshore lodge is a lovely haven of tranquility and the shady characters at the fictitious lodge are in no way based on anyone at this beautiful place.
Sonja and Hudson watch a pair of mating lions in the Ngorongoro during their drive through Tanzania in ‘The Cull’. I saw the same lions - these ones.
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.