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When a small team of former special operators land in Tanzania to grab a local warlord, it's business as usual. But the situation quickly changes when they learn that a pride of lions has been feeding on the local populace. Unable to walk away leaving the locals to fend for themselves, the seasoned warriors are drawn into a conflict unlike anything they've ever taken part in. As they struggle to understand their new enemy, they're led deeper and deeper into the unforgiving Tanzanian wilderness. Accompanied by a local game ranger, the team risks everything for the same reason they always have: their fellow man.

Stay out of the long grass....

©2017 Patrick Wayne McCain (P)2018 Wayne McCain

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Man eating lions.

This isn't a book I'd usually pick up but recently I watched a documentary about man eating lions and thoroughly enjoyed it. So on seeing this, I had to give it a try and in all honesty, I'm so glad I did!

Plot wise, it isn't the most action packed read, but it makes up for it in the tenseness and thrilling aspect it has. A team of special ops are sent to Tanzania to grab a local warlord. This guy is the worst of the worst. While there they learn that some man eating lions have been terrorising the local people. Man, women and children alike are being taken, and the team know they can't turn their back on their plight. So they agree to stay and try to put a stop to the lions. But what becomes clear rather quickly is that the team aren't the top predators in the wild and the lions won't go down without a fight.

I loved the team! Their comradeship and loyalty to each other was awesome, but what I really loved about each of them is the fact that they wouldn't let another human suffer and were willing to do whatever was needed to help someone else. They didn't hesitate to go help with the lions, even though they didn't know anything about hunting animals. I admired them!!

Another thing I loved was the way the author kept the feeling of tenseness throughout the story. My heart was in my mouth when the team were working in the long grass, or when they went anywhere!! I kept saying to myself...get out of the long grass!! Some of the scenes with the lions were incredibly visceral and they gave me chills. Lions are predators, so seeing that this was based on true events (the man eating lions of Njombe), it made it all the more terrifying.

In all, this was a quick and thrilling read. Africa is an amazing place, but this book makes me think twice before going on a safari ;) Well written and developed, it's a great read and I recommend it to everyone.

Dave Cruse read this well. He was clear and easy to listen to, had plenty of voices for the different characters and gave a good performance. My only complaint is that I wanted him to portray the atmosphere a little better. His cadences and inflections needed a little more work to truly bring the tense and scary feelings to life.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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Beware the Long Grass

Wow was this an action packed story. I was quite hesitant to pick up this book because I am mainly a horror guy but boy am I glad I did. Typically I don't like the man vs animal stories because they are often either boring or so fantastical that it just doesn't seem real. This seemed very real and was more intense than some of the horror stories I listen to. The action is nonstop and definitely a different ride when dealing with lions as the predator, while I know this telling of the story is a work of fiction, I completely would believe that the author was actually there and was just retelling his account.

The story itself was great but the characters really made it what it was. I assume there was some personal experience that allowed the author to capture the camaraderie between a small group of operators. I feel like this was the best portrayal of the kinship these men would have for each other that I've heard in a while. You really get attached to them and feel everything they go through. There were times were I got a little choked up listening to this story. Not something I would have expected from the book's description.

I don't think there could have been a better narrator for this story. His character voices were spot on and really added to the character development and attachment I felt to each of them. He had so many different voices that I didn’t have to hear the names of the individuals talking, I was able to tell by the voice being used.

As a side note it was nice to hear a book from someone who actually knows about guns. I listen to books all the time where the author tries to describe guns or their respective parts and it is clear they know nothing about what they are talking about and their research consisted of just watching bad action movies.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Excellent!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was engaging and it kept me interested to the end. The performance was interpreted well, and easy to listen to. This book was provided by the Author in exchange for a review! Thank You!

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Bad production really held this back forMe

The story was pretty interesting, though most of the action only takes place near the end of the book. The editing/production was a real distraction for me though. It seemed like they recorded each sentence separately and pieced it together so it didn’t have a good flow the whole time. The story itself was good, but nothing mind blowing. I may revisit and if I do will update this.

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  • OddShard
  • Baltimore, MD United States
  • 05-09-18

It sounds promising but falls flat on its face

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author free of charge via Audiobook Boom.

I wanted to like this book. However it was a severe disappointment. The narrator is problematic from the start as you cannot distinguish between the characters speaking at all. Add to that a lack of clarity in speaking and the lacking performance quality of female characters makes for a performance that grated my nerves from the start.

The story's problems didn't help either. The main characters are all Mary Sues to a man. Every one of the five mercs is absolutely perfect at their profession and deadly; except when one is killed almost right off the bat by a water buffalo for no reason. They are also utterly unrelateable. The story also likes to jump back to the domestic life of the mercs. The scenes with their wives and families does NOTHING to advance the story, raise the stakes, or develop the characters. Actually there are no stakes in this book when you look at it. There's just 5 guys who stay in Tanzania a little long because their original mission ended early. They also seem to want to hunt this pride of murdering lions without any advanced technology like night goggles, thermal or motion sensors, and no use of drones whatsoever. Pretty sure using just a drone bought or built on the quick and they could find and kill the lions pretty quick.

The author would have done better to do a straight history of the actual events that occurred and were mentioned in the prologue.

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A short, but very entertaining Thriller

Shadows of Africa is the first book in the Shadows Trilogy by new thriller author Wayne McCain. The main plot is inspired by a terrifying true story of a pride of lions that claimed the lives of more than 1,500 men, women, and children in the late ’40s and that tale is nicely told in the opening minutes of the audiobook.

The action takes place in current days as a team of special operators are sent to Africa in order to hunt down a terrorist, but when the job is done, the local guide and a friend of theirs asks for help. It seems that a pride of lions is on a rampage, killing, hurting and mutilating anyone and everyone that gets in their way. But, as good as these special trained operators are at hunting terrorist and the mankind variety of enemies, they will find themselves facing a ruthless enemy, that calls Africa its own hunting ground!


Filled with tense action, interesting characters and many savage lion attacks, Shadows of Africa is a very well written, thrilling and entertaining book, although a little short. Wayne McCain captures extremely well all the tension present into such a hostile environment and manages to deliver a very accurate account for this fight between man and nature that takes place since times immemorial.


The audiobook is narrated by Dave Cruse and although this is the first performance of his that I’ve listened to, I found it to be enjoyable and entertaining. The narrator uses his tallent and gives life to all the characters with different voices and local, African, accents. He speaks everything clearly, the recording quality is good and his pacing and overall delivery is spot-on.


Shadows of Africa reminded me at times of some Agent Pendergast books, by bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child with all the gore, lion attacks, savage fights and the tense stalking…. I am looking forward to the next book in this series and I recommend this thrilling adventure to everyone in want of a short trip to this awesome and exotic location.

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Thank you,
Victor

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Great Story!

I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. This is an excellent story. Both the writing and narration are superb.

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A thrilling tale

AS others have suggested I found the speed of the narrator a little off but the story more than made up for it. The terror of the team as they track the pride as well as the victims of the lions is well presented and make you realize the power and strength of the animals.

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Shadows of Africa

The scene between Jason and the lion was really really intense. There were plenty of intense scenes but that one really stood out for me. I like how the mercenaries in this book wasn't the evil stereotypical men that are usually portrayed in books. I also like how the people in general were portrayed. I was impressed with the narrator. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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  • Sean
  • Your moms house
  • 05-03-18

Kept me on the edge of my seat

I really enjoyed this book. The author really did a great job building scenes with his descriptions and I felt like I was watching a movie play out in my mind. This was a great story and I couldn’t stop listening. There is great character development and constant edge of your seat suspense. I highly recommend and will probably listen to it again soon.