"Tragic and beautiful, sentimental and ruthless ... a vast and wonderful book." --NETGALLEY
"One of the most realistic portrayals of Africa ... Dynamic, heart-breaking and timely ... a must-read." -- YAHOO REVIEWS
"Sheer intensity ... Will make readers sweat with its relentless pace." -- KIRKUS
"Exciting, action-packed ... A nightmarish vision of Africa." − MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS (UK)
"Mike Bond is one of America's best thriller writers." -- CULTURE BUZZ
"Bond is one of the 21st Century's most exciting authors." -- WASHINGTON TIMES
"Bond is the master of the existential thriller." -- BBC
"An unforgettable odyssey into the wilderness, mysteries, and perils of Africa." − GREATER LONDON RADIO
"A manhunt through crocodile-infested jungle, sun-scorched savanna, and impenetrable mountains as a former SAS man tries to save the life of the woman he loves but cannot have." − EVENING TELEGRAPH (UK)
"A powerful love story set in the savage jungles and deserts of East Africa." − DAILY EXAMINER (UK)
"Pulsating with the sights, sounds, and dangers of wild Africa ... the harsh warfare of the northern deserts and the hunger of denied love." − NEWTON CHRONICLE (UK)
"A gripping thriller." − LIVERPOOL DAILY POST (UK)
"Bond touches on the vast and eerie depths that lie under the thin crust of civilization and the base instinct within man to survive." − NOTTINGHAM OBSERVER (UK)
"The Last Savanna is wonderful. Mike Bond's books are a national treasure." - WVOX>
"A highly entertaining and gripping read." - EAST AFRICAN WILDLIFE SOCIETY
From the Author
We once sat round the fire in our Paleolithic caves with the cold darkness andthe great unknown at our backs, sharing stories about where the antelope herdswere or how to escape the cave bear or the lion, stories about our ancestorsand the meaning of this magical mystery of life.
Today stories still portray and share our experiences, teach us of dangersand opportunities and of right and wrong ways of living, exchange our visionsof existence. They give us multiple lives; we gain awareness from each one, and awareness makes us free. Freedom allows us to live more deeply, and thus todeepen our awareness of life's many meanings. It is a great circle where ourunderstanding is constantly growing.
We rarely sit today atcampfires with danger at our backs, but it is important to remember those days,and to understand the dangers that stalk us today. Homer, Tolstoi, Gogol, Hugo,Némirovsky, Hemingway - what makes them great today is that their stories stillhelp us gather the meaning of things, bring us the awareness tantamount towisdom, make our lives freer and deeper through understanding.
To be a writer or areader is a great gift, neither existing without the other. AsCamus said, "to create is to live twice", and reading is creating just as iswriting - and through it we can live and gather the meaning of many lives. And the moment we stop wecease to live.