Under a Poacher's Moon
by W. Aaron Vandiver
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Pub Date 01 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 31 May 2022
BQB Publishing, Boutique of Quality Books
Anna Whitney travels to Mzansi, a remote safari lodge located deep in the wilds of South Africa, hoping to get as far away from home and her troubled life as possible. The perilous beauty of the land captures her imagination, but when she hears the haunting late-night cries of an injured rhino, her escapist fantasies collide with brutal reality. She and Chris, a safari guide wrestling with his own secret demons, find themselves embroiled in a war on Africa's wildlife.
They are pulled into a struggle that brings them face-to-face with shocking acts of violence, rogue officials, armed gangs, vicious wild predators, and their own deepest fears. It is a conflict that threatens to destroy them, or lead them toward a new and better life together.
A Note From the Publisher
eBook ISBN: 978-1-952782-49-7
"An American woman looks for adventure on safari and instead finds a passion for a cause in Vandiver's debut novel . . . Vandiver has carefully and cleverly crafted a tale with an endearing and relatable protagonist. Over the course of the tale, the author not only draws on his experience and knowledge of the story's landscape--he's an attorney and conservationist--but also shows a great ability to delve into a varied range of human experience. He treats all his characters with notable empathy, effectively showing how one's perspective is shaped by one's choices and circumstances. This is not a straightforward good-versus-evil story, but it is a complex and engaging one. An exciting and thought-provoking work that will stay with readers." Kirkus Reviews
"Under a Poacher's Moon is a compelling, character-driven thriller that digs into Africa's beauty and poverty . . . it's alive with vivid descriptions of the African landscape and animals ("this terribly gorgeous specimen of muscle, sinew, teeth, claw, mane") plus memorable characters." BookLife Reviews
"W. Aaron Vandiver's descriptions of Africa's lush natural wonders weave a magical web that's hard to escape . . . The exotic wildlife and lush landscapes evoke a sense of primal passion, which Vandiver captures perfectly in prose." IndieReader
"In the novel Under a Poacher's Moon, a woman facing an uncertain future undertakes an exciting adventure in the African bush . . . suspenseful and unpredictable." Foreword Clarion Reviews
"A stunning and heartrending adventure story. W. Aaron Vandiver's impressive debut novel transports the reader to the bushveld of Africa . . . Vandiver delivers a gut-wrenching story about the scourge of poaching. Message novels can be heavyhanded, polemic. This is not. It is a nuanced, even a compassionate tale about evil and heartbreak. Highly recommended." Len Joy, author of Everyone Dies Famous, Better Days, and Dry Heat
"An impassioned conservationist, Vandiver clearly understands the intricate complexities of wildlife conservation . . . [an] involving tale with unsettling revelations at its core." BlueInk Review
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