A failing project, beleaguered pygmies and endangered elephants. Can Sam save them all or will she have to choose?
Sam gets a call in the middle of the night that takes her to the Masaibu project in eastern Lumbono. The project is collapsing under the weight of corruption and chicanery engendered by management, both in country and back on the main company board. Sam has to navigate murky waters to get it back on course, not helped by interference from people who want her to fail. When Chinese poachers invade the elephant sanctuary next door, her problems multiply. Can Sam protect the elephants and save the project or will she have to choose?
The fourth book in the Sam Harris Series presents Sam with her sternest test yet as she goes to Africa to fix a failing project. The day to day problems encountered by Sam in her work are typical of any project manager in the Congo which has been rent apart by warring factions, leaving the local population frightened and rootless. Elephants with pink tusks do exist, but not in the area where the project is based. They are being slaughtered by poachers in Gabon for the Chinese market and will soon be extinct, so I have put the guns in the hands of those responsible for the massacre of these defenceless animals. The themes of this novel are impossible choices and brave decisions.
5* This series just gets better - Sam is really coming into her own and its exciting to see her take on the challenges of a male-dominated business and win. The plot keeps you guessing to the end as to who can and cannot be trusted. The fact that some of Sam's adventures are based on real life experiences of the author makes it an even more interesting read