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Editorial Reviews

Kruger National Park in north-western South Africa is the beautiful and explosive setting for Silent Predator, Tony Park’s thriller of kidnapping and exotic adventure. Australian actor Mark Davis provides the swarthy voice that carries the listener through the big game park all the way to the dangerous waters of Mozambique. Park, who in real life maintains a tent with his wife in the Kruger, knows his territory well.

The story focuses on Detective Sergeant Tom Furey and his high-stakes search for a kidnapped government official. He is joined in the hunt by Sannie van Rensburg, a sexy and driven inspector who is drawn to Furey with a fury. Together, Sanni and Tom must fight predators from the human to the reptilian and more.

Publisher's Summary

Here's the first of best-selling author Tony Park's gripping thrillers to be published in audio by Bolinda.

In a luxury private safari lodge in Kruger National Park, Detective Sergeant Tom Furey has just woken to a protection officer's worst nightmare. The VIP in his charge, British government minister, Robert Greeves, has been abducted.

Knowing his career is on the line, Furey vows not to stop searching until Greeves is found - dead or alive. He and his South African counterpart, Inspector Sannie van Rensburg, go against official orders and start the hunt for the kidnappers through the outer limits of the national park, to the coastal waters of Mozambique. Increasingly drawn to Tom, Sannie can't resist involving herself in his dangerous mission, even risking her job to help him.

©2009 Tony Park (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing

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    4 out of 5 stars

Great book, enjoyable, despite the poor reading

I really enjoyed the book... but the reading unfortunately was not good. The accents were a disaster! The "afrikaner" accent was not convincing (to an ex-South African)and many afrikaans words, place names, etc. were not correctly pronounced. Also the fact that black africans had the same accent as afrikaners shows a completely lack of understanding...
Despite all of this, I really enjoyed the book and would have probably given it a rare 5 if the reader had not detracted and distracted. Pity they could not have found a reader familiar with the various South African accents.

(By the way his Scottish accent was not convincing either...and he mispronounced certain regular english words too..)
Tony Park if you want me to listen to another of your books please change readers, though I am not sorry I listed to this one.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent

This contribution by Tony Parks is an outstanding listen. The plot is intriguing, the characters human and engaging, and the descriptions of Africa are spell binding. I enjoyed this book from first to last and recommend it to other listeners who are looking for a good thriller. It was hard to put my iPod down.

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 12-08-10

Outstanding

Tony Park was recommened to me by a friend and I am so glad she did. I loved this book from begining to end. The charaters and the plot were excellent. I though the narrator did a really good job. This book is highly recommened.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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An outstanding listen.

This was an outstanding book. The story is captivating and never boring. Tony Park needs to write more.

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  • Tracy
  • DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA, United States
  • 05-02-16

Performance

Being a South African I found the pronunciation of the Afrikaans words cringe worthy. It grated every nerve.

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Brilliant

I really enjoyed the book, as positive criticism please find a Afrikaans and Xhosa speaking person to help the narrator with pronunciations of the ingenious languages, overall the narrator was very good

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Lots of twists and a realistic African setting

This was my first Tony Park book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narration was lively. The storyline held my attention and took a number of unanticipated twins. A bit predictable as each new twist on folded but overall good characterization, interesting plot, and good narrator.

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Nothing special

Listened to this at 2X speed and even then the plot dragged and dragged in places. The only interesting part was the African settings. The narrator was competent, but the lead's woman voice was lower and sexier than the voice he did for the male lead, which was quite confusing during the dialogue sections.

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  • Leonard
  • Chloorkop, South Africa
  • 10-25-12

Good book, terrible narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, it was an interesting story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Silent Predator?

sadly a negative one, the narration is terrible, in particular in the grasp of the South African accent and place names. Rather stick to an english accent, than try a South African accent that is so false.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Absolutely no grasp of a typical South African accent. I cringe every time i hear the narrator attempt it.

Did Silent Predator inspire you to do anything?

no

Any additional comments?

If a book is written in a specific country, and includes characters from that country, get an english speaking narrator from that country to present the book.

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  • Dib
  • 07-20-15

Cracking!

What did you like most about Silent Predator?

The representation of life in this part of the world was so accurate and the pace of the book really fast.

What other book might you compare Silent Predator to, and why?

Any Wilbur Smith book. Wilbur Smith has lived in Africa all his life and knows the African bush and it's people through this lifelong association, whereas Tony Park is a relative newcomer who has taken time to thoroughly research every aspect of his subject and turned it into a really good novel.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There wasn't one that I could pick out.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

The story held me from the first page. The narrator was very good for the most part but his pronunciation of some of the Afrikaans words could have been a bit better researched.However, it was still well read and the difficulty with the pronunciations did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.

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  • Paul D
  • 10-28-14

Formula writing and not a very good formula

What disappointed you about Silent Predator?

So predictable.
Wooden writing and wooden typecast characters.

Has Silent Predator put you off other books in this genre?

Yes.
Don't read them very often but thought I would have a change.
It will be a long time before i try again - surely they cannot all be as bad as this one!

What didn’t you like about Mark Davis’s performance?

Unconvincing. Maybe the writing, maybe the performance.
Wide range of "voices" some good some bad. I did find the very masculine voice of the heroine confusing at times.

What character would you cut from Silent Predator?

Hard to say. Reverse the question: what character would you keep? Er, none.

Any additional comments?

Think that I have said as much as the book is worth.
Perhaps that I was amazed by the poor quality of the writing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-11

Not bad but the narrator.........

The story was okay but the narrator was very poor. In all sincerity I think I could have done as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-18

Cracking pace from go to wo.

Another great book from a writer who really knows his stuff.
Fast paced and full of action.
Really good characters that are completely plausible and Tony keeps you guessing the whole way through.
I started off reading the book but being time poor listened from halfway on Audio Book wanting to get stuck in traffic just to listen to more.
Can't wait to get into The Hunter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-18

A good story

Although I liked the story, I found the pronunciation of some words annoyingly wrong and noticed that the South African characters were read in one tone of voice which a bit boring to listen to.