The Lord's Tusks
by Jeffrey Ulin
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Pub Date 17 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 29 Nov 2022
Big game hunter Richard Keeton unexpectedly finds himself in line to inherit a British Lordship, but with the family's wealth in tatters Richard cannot afford the lifestyle commensurate with his pending title. Hell-bent on restoring riches, Richard realizes he can make a fortune poaching animals. Richard plucks a tribesman (Alijah) from his dung-hut village and through bribes places Alijah high in Kenya's wildlife ministry.
Soon, they're secretly slaughtering animals and taking kickbacks to build a network smuggling rhino horns and elephant tusks. Richard's poaching ring comes under threat, though, when an American researcher (Michael) starts dating Richard's stepdaughter and teams with a local warden to mete out vigilante justice.
Just when Michael discovers the truth about Richard, a coup lands Richard in jail where he fears for his life—poaching charges making him the perfect scapegoat. Should Michael seal Richard's fate or aid his new fiance's family, rescuing the very man he swore to take down?
Jeff Ulin's thrilling adventure weaves romance and intrigue against the tragedy of endangering species. Read it now and be transported to colonial-tinged polo fields belying the savagery of men willing to butcher majestic animals in their lust for money and privilege.
A Note From the Publisher
"Finish the last page of this book, close the cover and see if your mind isn't still somewhere in Kenya running with the elephants." -Gillespie Lamb, author of The Junkyard Dick
"Jeff Ulin's description of an elephant's eye is more than worth the price of the stunning cover." -Bill Schweitzer, author of Doves in a Tempest
"An absorbing and highly enjoyable work. Don't begin to read this book if you are pushed for time, as you'll find it hard to put down once you start." -David Phillips, author of Judas Conspiracy
"In The Lord's Tusks, Ulin transports the reader to post-colonial Kenya, weaving together a love story and takedown of a poaching ring amidst an atmosphere rife with corruption and aristocratic hypocrisy. An enjoyable read, and from the beginning I was rooting for the animals." -Lena Gibson, Author of The Edge of Life
Average rating from 1 member
This is a fictional book about an important subject more people should know about. In fact, several important subjects, not only poaching and illegal wildlife trade, but colonialism, corruption, recent history, as well as something that is going on now leading to death of some species.
I enjoyed the book, but they pace could have been a bit faster in the first half, and it was building up a bit too long with the feel of repetitiveness. The second half was more action, and it was definitely the better part of the book. Definitely ready to read more books written by this author!