Firstly I wish to thank Rebecca Collins of Hobeck Books for inviting me to read and review this book, Hunted by Anthony Dunford.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The brilliant debut action adventure thriller by Antony Dunford, shortlisted for the 2019 UEA Crime Writing Prize and longlisted for the 2020 Grindstone Literary Novel prize.
Once a member of the world’s first all-female special forces unit, the Norwegian Hunter Troop, Jane Haven is now helping her brother Kennet protect some of the world’s most endangered animals at his Kenyan Wildlife Conservancy.
Drawn away from her vigil protecting Douglas, the world’s last remaining male Northern White rhino, Jane returns to find a scene of devastation and murder.
Everything and everyone Jane cares for is affected.
But before she can track down the killers, Jane finds that she’s the one being hunted…
Hunted is a thrilling adventure that transports the reader into the savage beauty of the African bush. Antony Dunford captures the majesty of Kenya’s wildlife, and in Jane Haven, he’s created a modern kick-ass heroine for the Extinction Rebellion generation.
The opening chapter of this book just made me feel connected. I loved the steady pace, the calm and connection of both the characters and the precious wards, which are in their care. Jane Haven has seen terrible things in her not too distant past and still maintains a level of fitness that is envied by most men. Jane is working for her brother Kennet at a Kenyan wildlife conservation centre.
Douglas, a white rhino, is the last male of his kind. What a character he is. He knows what he likes and knows how to wrap people around his little stumpy horn to get what he wants. Douglas had his horn removed to deter any poachers from killing him for it. Douglas is getting on a bit now but still has many years left to be spoilt. His daughter and granddaughter are in sight of where he is.
Circumstances have it that the centre is running with minimal staff when a call goes out and Jane goes to investigate. When she returns things are never going to go back to how they were.
Jane is a character that I fell in beside every step of the way through this book. It feels like Jane has been living a bubble, because of the position her brother held, but we were both going to have our eyes opened. Nothing adds up or makes sense, but she is determined to get justice. It is a terrific story that affected so many lives for so many different reasons. The story didn’t go the way I thought it would. It has that gobsmacking turn of events that brings your blood up a few degrees. I had to take a time out.
Oh boy, some terrible people in this world think they are untouchable but this author made them so very real to me. It is a tremendous story he has written. If he wanted to make a point, believe me, he has done that. It has a real wake you up ending. I am so looking forward to reading more of his stories and following Jane where ever she goes.
I wish to thank the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I was born in Bradford and grew up in West Yorkshire, variously in Cleckheaton, Scholes, Moorend, and Ilkley. Grim and dour and wild. But also magnificent and open and kind. Landscape, literature and a hint of mayhem rolled together from the start. For example, when I was at school my inspirational A level English teacher, Gina Wild, took us on a field trip to Haworth. We were studying Wuthering Heights, and it was only just up the road, so why not? I remember two things about that trip. The first was getting a lift there with Gina and two other students and being late for the start of the talk she’d arranged. The second was turning back from the walk to Top Withens (the moor-top bothy that inspired the farm of Wuthering Heights) not because we were cold, tired, and put off by the wind and the rain, but because the pubs had opened and we were missing good drinking time. Ale in Yorkshire is very important.