eBook Review. Hold on and take a roller-coaster journey into the heart and life of a wildlife ranger named Peter Milton.
The scene unfolds in the dark of an operations base somewhere in the wilderness of Africa. A highly trained and dedicated team, after many days of tracking its quarry, readies stealth teams, drones, and high tech equipment to zero in on its target. The tension and stress are palpable, the success of this job critical to halting an incredibly destructive and growing threat in the region. Then the command is given – “Time to Fly!”
Sound like an excerpt from the best-selling thriller du jour? It’s actually one of several stories in the eBook –Wildlife Ranger, Volume 1. This is the first volume in a series that narrates the vivid and oftentimes agonizing experiences of Peter Milton, a wildlife ranger in Southern Africa, on his quest to save the Rhino from poachers and crime syndicates.
The opening chapter recounts how Peter Milton and the team at SPOTS use their exhaustive knowledge of the terrain and the latest in aerial surveillance technology to track a group of poachers who had recently killed two Rhinos and brutally hacked off their horns. With meticulous planning and monitoring of thousands of kilometers of land for several days and nights, the team maps the movements of, and identifies all possible escape routes to lay a trap for the criminals
Fortunately this specific operation ends with the successful capture of the poachers; however, the teams’ victory is short-lived when they unexpectedly lose their base to an unreasonable and mercenary farmer. In their search for a new base, the reader is introduced to the very real contradictions of the region: the heartlessness of professional hunters preying on local species for sport, juxtaposed against the stunning beauty of the local terrain and the indigenous flora & fauna.
As the book progresses, Peter is overjoyed to be offered a new base in a different area of the reserve. On their drive into this secluded area, the team encounters a crash of Rhino, one of whom, a young bull called Jomo, impacts Peter profoundly. Peter and Jomo’s odd communications in subsequent days and the bond of respect and familiarity they develop, is a testament to the beauty and majesty of rhinos and the importance of protecting them.
At Volumes end, Peter spends a harrowing day searching for Jomo and his companions when they go missing from their normal territory. The journey to find them and bring them back to base deepens the connection between Peter and Jomo and, more importantly, strengthens Peter’s commitment to protect these beautiful creatures.
Read these amazing stories of Peter Milton and the SPOTS team in the e-book Wildlife Ranger: A Journey of Courage and Conviction. And stay tuned for Volume 2…
By Pallavi Sharma