dreams of “pristine white beaches, dive-boat excursions
with dolphins and whale sharks, deep-sea fishing in azure
blue water and safaris to tented camps in the nearby game
parks with elephants and lions” come crashing down and he
finds himself the target of unscrupulous thieves who will
stop at nothing to get what they want.
there are some good characters who befriend Brian; 'Lucy'
the bar girl, 'Doug', a Nairobi car mechanic and 'Firdus'
his uncle and the police officer 'Katana'.
story is full of many other mostly creepy and wicked
characters all circling around each other, fearing each
other, none trusting the other, all motivated by greed and
working the system for their own selfish gain.
fear of spoiling the tale by telling too much that is all I
am going to say.
to say it is a really rollicking sometimes discomfiting tale
from beginning to end.
was comforting to read the disclaimer on the back of the
title page stating that except in the case of historical
fact all characters, businesses, places etc. were products
of the author’s imagination.
goodness for that.
characters and the plot are so convincing and realistic that
I did look at that statement several times to reassure
myself that it is just fiction.
good novel needs primarily to entertain and if an adventure
it needs to keep the reader in a state of suspense.
Elephant Dropping’ accomplishes both of these
hardly dared to turn the page to find out what dirty deeds
would next ensue.
heard that of the people who have already read ‘The
Elephant Dropping’ the only complaint was that it took two
days to read during which time nothing else got done.
took me a week to read it due to other duties and in fact I
hardly wanted it to end.
the book is well produced in an attractive strong cover,
good sized font, well spaced lines and good quality paper; a
big book of 492 pages.
could have been better.
title seemed a bit of a mystery until the last few pages
when it becomes evident, providing an interesting twist.
Elephant Dropping’ will probably appeal most to people who
have knowledge of East Africa, especially nice were the
descriptions, with correct names, of the birds coming to
feed off the verandah at Firdus’s house.
nice touch in direct contrast to the rest of the story.
for anybody who likes an exciting well-written, imaginative
story of intrigue, it is a great read, well worth buying.
is Bruce’s first novel and I personally hope it will not
be his last.