Ebook review: Rhinoceros Summer by Jamie Thornton

Published 28th September 2013
About the author: “Jamie Thornton calls Northern California home. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Anthropology and is part of the Wordforge writing group. She lives, rather happily, with her husband, dog, a garden, a viola and a bicycle. She is currently working on several short stories and a novel.”
From the dust cover: “Lethal Ambition
A rare rhinoceros on the brink of extinction. A trophy hunter on the verge of bankruptcy. A young photographer desperate for fame.

Seventeen–year–old Lydia Gibb has no business setting foot in Tanzania, but a fluke opportunity provides a chance to leave her boring life, to capture beauty with her camera–to mean something. But nothing is what it seems, and Lydia becomes ensnared in the bloody, male-dominated world of showdown hunting. She uses her camera as a shield, but the horrors mount, and so do her feelings for Caleb, a rugged, earnest game officer on a mission of his own–until Lydia captures his sights.

Lydia’s pictures surpass her wildest ambitions, but then fall into the wrong hands. Unless she and Caleb team up and race to take back the camera, her work will drive both her and a rare rhino into extinction.”
My Ebook review: This is a gripping story of culture clashes, America meets Africa, the old era of big game hunting meets the modern era of preservation, and parents versus fledgling adults.

It is a fascinating story. It is well written and the style of writing evokes the romantic feel that some might have about going on safari whilst being true to the underlying plot of manipulation and growing up.

Some of the characters annoyed me tremendously which is a sign that they were well written and remained authentic to themselves throughout the book and that the plot and story writing evokes real emotion. In general the characters were well developed and the story fit together very well.

A highly interesting piece.

Did I like it: yes, it is well written and the plot is well developed.


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