- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK (8 September 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1509815414
- ISBN-13: 978-1509815418
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,12,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
An Empty Coast (Sonja Kurtz) Paperback – 8 Sep 2016
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A fun international adventure that will appeal to fans of Clive Cussler and Taylor Stevens (Booklist)
Since Wilbur Smith in his heyday, no one has written as well about southern Africa than Tony Park . . . An Empty Coast is another winner which will keep you turning [the] pages (Crime Review)
Park writes with vigour and the story unfolds at a steady pace with plenty of action and gunshots (The Canberra Times)
Break-neck in pace, with narrow escapes from death on every page, its charm is infectious (Daily Mail on The Delta)
A dark mystery lies at the heart of this action-packed thriller set in Namibia.See all Product description
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The plot takes off when Sonja Kurtz, a former soldier, sets out on a vindictive mission to avenge the murder of her boy friend. The inception of the book is marked with action providing the readers with a supposition of what lays ahead. A parallel plot runs through the initial one when Sonja's daughter Emma, an archaeological student on a dig at the end of Namibia's Etosha National Park discovers a body dating back to country's liberation war of the 1980s. Recognizing the body as that of Hudson Brand, Emma with his team sets out in search of the aircraft wherein Hudson Brand was aboard. The twist in the tale is encountered when Hudson Brand is very much alive and decides to help the deceased's father Mathew Allchurch find his son. Further as the plot develops, several skeletons of the past are revealed. Thenceforth unveils an unputdownable series of events.
The story is fast paced with several action packed scenes. The action sequences are depicted in such a way that the readers get the feel of watching a movie. Detailed effort invested in portraying every action and minor idiosyncrasies of the characters is visible. The character of Sonja is unconventional yet convincing. Every character holds own identity. The back up of history reinforced the mettle of the otherwise fictitious story.
The book is an out and out boys' book with a female protagonist. Nevertheless some of the preset formulas for the thrillers like squeezing in an erotic angle could have been avoided. The relation between Sebastian and Emma stood out like a sore thumb. The unreasonably long climax too served as a drawback. But these are all minor flaws that I would like to overlook since this is one of the few thrillers that excited me recently
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Sonja is in Vietnam on a contract to track down and kill a wealthy businessman who is involved in the illegal smuggling of financially valuable horns from endangered Rhinos into SE Asia.
At the same time, her daughter Emma, a student archeologist, is on a dig at the edge of Namibia's Etosha National Park which discovers a body that dates back to the war of liberation from South Africa in the 1980's. The body has dog tags identifying it as Hudson Brand, but Brand is alive and well living in South Africa. What she doesn't know is that the body could be a vital clue to locating a modern-day lost treasure and when the news is released other dangerous people join in the hunt.
Emma immediately sends an urgent text message to Sonja for her help in finding out what has happened. On her return to Africa after her successful mission, Sonya gets the message from her daughter, but when she gets to Namibia she finds that Emma has disappeared. Brand also finds out about the discovery and goes to Namibia as well because he knows more about the victim from his time in the civil war. Both Sonya and Brand have to face up to their own past history in Namibia and must join up to find Emma.
Once again this is an exciting and frequently page-turning adventure set mostly in the game reserves of Southern Africa. This time, the action also moves to the "Skeleton Coast" on the Atlantic seaboard of Namibia, in one of the dryest and most inhospitable deserts in the world.
I am a fan of Tony Park's work, especially as it tells me a lot about Africa, its wildlife, the environment and its frequently very violent history. This one has an especially important environmental message about the ongoing battle to prevent the unnecessary slaughter of critically endangered Rhinos for their horns.