- Series: Jade Del Cameron Mystery (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: NAL Hardcover; First Edition edition (January 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451220269
- ISBN-13: 978-0451220264
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,661,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stalking Ivory: A Jade Del Cameron Mystery Hardcover – January 2, 2007
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In Arruda's spunky second throwback adventure to feature Jade del Cameron (after 2006's Mark of the Lion), the former WWI ambulance driver travels to British East Africa in 1920, to photograph and write about elephants. En route to an elephant sanctuary in remote Mount Marsabit—accompanied by her friend Beverly; Bev's husband, Lord Avery Dunbury; and a 12-year-old Kikuyu boy, Jelani, whom Jade is mentoring—Jade discovers the corpses of four elephants, slain for ivory, and the dead King's African Rifle soldier who evidently tried to stop the poachers. Jade swears to find the killers. Are hostile Abyssinian raiders to blame, or could it be safari leader Harry Hascombe, who's leading a suspicious group of German tourists? Handsome American pilot Sam Featherstone provides romantic interest. The resilient Jade will charm readers as she asserts her independence in rugged Africa. (Dec.)
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About the Author
Suzanne Arruda is a former zookeeper turned science teacher and freelance writer. An avid hiker and outdoorswoman, she lives in Kansas with her husband, twin sons, and a small menagerie of pets. Author website: suzannearruda.com.
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Ms. Arruda writes with tongue-and-cheek style. She utilizes words of their day back in early turn of the century. While reading her book I feel like I am actually in Africa, and my wife and I have placed the continent on our must-see list when we retire. I am also an author and writing an action book which takes place in Africa. I find Ms. Arruda's books entertaining, and helpful for the research I need. I highly recommend this book. It will take you to a far away place, relax your mind, and leave you feeling as though you were part of the adventure.
David Lucero, author of Who's Minding the Store? and The Sandman
During her forest wanderings, Jade also stumbles upon the poachers' cache of ivory, along with several crates of rifles. She knows there's more underfoot than just elephant poaching, though the evidence shows that the same individuals are behind all of it. Jade is assisted this time out by an American pilot friend of the Dunburys who joins them on safari, Sam Featherstone. Sam was a pilot in the war, and Jade finds herself attracted to him despite thinking the attraction may be just because he's a pilot, like her dead almost fiancé. Sam proves a valuable ally, though, when her gun bearer is shot, and then when young Jelani is kidnapped by slave traders. Jade keeps fearlessly investigating the poaching and gun running despite her friends' worries, not in the least concerned about her own welfare when elephants are being killed and someone is apparently getting ready to stage a revolution. Then when Jelani disappears, all bets are off.
I liked Jade del Cameron off the bat in her first adventure, Mark of the Lion. This book just made me like her more. She's fearless and very independent, but she is not full of herself or preachy. It is fun to see a woman with her personality in this setting, well in advance of the women's movement. She is not a feminist, just an extremely capable realist. It will be interesting to see where her relationship with Sam goes in future novels. Unfortunately, there has only been one more Jade del Cameron adventure published so far, and once I gobble that up I'll have to wait several months for her next.
Jade has lots of potential. She's almost TOO tough at times. I find myself wishing that just once she'd put on a dress, some lipstick and sip a bit of champagne! I also find myself liking Harry, the rather dashing hunter that she mistrusts and abuses, rather than the new heroic Sam, who seems just a little bit too perfect.
A most enjoyable book, and I'm looking forward to further ventures!
The interchanges between people is fun and shows that part of history very well. A very enjoyable read.