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Tony Park: Captive | Book review

I haven’t had much time to read lately, but I made time to read this special delivery: Tony Park’s ‘Captive’, that was sent to me by Pan Macmillan. 

For those interested in all things African-related, Tony Park’s latest read will be right up your alley (as will the rest of his collection). Without giving up too much, I am going to give you my review of ‘Captive’.


Captive by Tony Park, the author of Red Earth and The Cull, is an action-packed thriller that will engross fans of Clive Cussler, Scott Mariani and Andy McDermott.

As a soldier turned wildlife veterinarian, Dr Graham Baird is no stranger to the dangers of the African bush. While on a trip to track down a baby elephant, he’s caught up in a deadly shootout with poachers.

Among the fatal casualties of the firefight is the brother of Fidel Costa – corrupt politician and Mozambique’s poaching kingpin. Hearing of the death of his younger sibling, Costa unleashes a brutal vendetta to exact his revenge against Baird.

Caught up in his campaign of terror is Australian lawyer, Kerry Maxwell. In Africa to volunteer alongside Dr Baird at a wildlife rehabilitation centre, she soon finds herself in the middle of a bloody feud when she’s kidnapped by Costa.

Finding themselves on the frontline of the war on poaching, both Baird and Maxwell must fight for their lives if they are to escape a terrifying enemy…


I have read a number of Tony Park’s books, and I have loved every single one of them. ‘Silent Predator’, ‘Far Horizon’, ‘The Kull’ and ‘African Sky’ are books I have recommended to numerous friends, family members and other bookworms.

Anyone who has read a Tony Park book will know that this Australian author depicts the African continent in a way like no other. From its beautiful landscapes to wildlife, he captivates his readers with his action-packed storylines and never disappoints.

Yet another high octane thriller, Captive – although a little slower to get into in the beginning – focuses on the real-life issue of poaching, a devastating occurrence Africa faces daily, through exciting and interesting fictional characters.

Fighting the war against poaching is all very real in South Africa, Mozambique and numerous other African countries, and this fast pace book throws the reader into the thick of the action and violence from the offset.

Classed in the thriller/suspense genres, you can expect nothing short of just that. Follow Graham, a ‘jaded and reckless’ vet, and Kerry, a ‘law-abiding and optimistic’ Australian lawyer, as they encounter a shootout with poachers, corrupt politicians and more.

One of my fave books I have read so far this year, I think Tony Park’s ‘Captive’ would be a fantastic addition to any book worm’s collection.

If you would like to get your hands on this amazing read, you can buy your very own copy at Exclusive Books for R292. 

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  • Reply Tony Park

    Thanks for a great review!

    June 29, 2018 at 2:32 pm
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