The Teeth of Giants
by Gordon Wallis
Jason Green never for one minute expected the appalling violence and horror he would endure when he returned to Africa to pay his respects to an old friend.
A profound sense of guilt and nostalgia prompts London based ex soldier Jason Green to return to Africa for the funeral of an old friend killed in suspicious circumstances in The Zambezi Valley. He is about to be sucked into the murky and brutal underworld of the illegal ivory trade. Grave injury and a burning desire for revenge thrust Green from the blistering heat of The Zambezi Valley to the tropical coast of Mozambique and beyond. Every tortured step of this journey is fraught with extreme danger and the ever present threat of death.
The Teeth Of Giants is the second novel by Gordon Wallis featuring his main character Jason Green. Readers of thrillers set in Africa will devour the frenetic pace and sheer brutality of this gritty crime thriller.
Pick up The Teeth Of Giants today and prepare for the ride of your life.
About the Author
Gordon Wallis is a 50 year old author based in Zimbabwe , Southern Africa. Born of British parents he has lived there all his life. A keen reader of thriller novels , particularly those set in Africa , he has travelled extensively in Africa , Europe , The Middle East and Asia. He runs a number of businesses in Zimbabwe and is single.
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This was the first book I’d read by Gordon Wallis and, despite it featuring the same character as his previous novel, I didn’t feel disadvantaged by not knowing the main character, Jason Green, prior to this story. If I were to sum this book up in one sentence, I’d say it was “exciting, fast-paced and hugely addictive, set against a stunning backdrop.”
The settings were so vividly drawn, I felt totally immersed in Jason’s world right from the tense investigation of the camp back in 1979; the putrid sewer he and Kriel were confined to in order not to get caught had me holding my nose and my breath.
When Kriel’s wife passed over the hard drive which inevitably cost her husband his life, then the anticipation of a fantastic – and horrific – adventure drew me in completely. Stunning wildlife settings painted a beautiful world, but one marred by the hunters and crooks who sought to kill elephants for their ivory tusks, or to massacre rhinos for their horns just to feed the demand from unscrupulous companies exporting their ‘wares’ to China.
It was clear from the start that Jason would pick up where Kriel had left off, not only delivering that report to Switzerland but by closing down the hunters and businesses by whatever means possible. So, you can see what I mean by exciting and fast-paced.
There were a few inconsistencies that caught my eye – I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to detail, it’s the editor in me 😦
The main one being that when Hannes Kriel died in the present day (by which I assume 2019), he was 51, yet he and Jason – whose age is not disclosed – were on a mission together back in 1979, forty years earlier. That slight glitch jumped out at me, but says more about me as a reader than anything because I just had to do the sums.
For me, the story was written in such a style that is not so common these days, with more telling than showing. That said, it didn’t spoil the story in any way. In fact, it was more gripping than many stories that ‘show’ too much at the expense of the story.
I often wondered – as did Jason – now and then, why he didn’t just take the hard drive home – or at least email / post it right at the beginning. He didn’t have to take on the battles he did, he could have let justice do its job – or was he saying he didn’t trust the system – in which case why bother with exposing the corruption at all? Although, I’m glad he didn’t do that, it would have been a very short, and dull, story had he done so. And, besides, I’d have missed the great drone experiences, where Jason captured so much of the evidence he added to Kriel’s report.
In all, this was a story of total adventure where real danger lies in exposing the utter greed of the few. There’s a very real message within these pages. If only there were more real-life Jason Greens to end this exploitation of Africa, which is driving so many great creatures into extinction.
Definitely an author whose books I’ll will seek out in the future.
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