For sheer adventure it would be hard to top The White Rhino Hotel by Bartle Bull. The story carries you away to Africa in the years just after World War I, and, from elephant hunts to deadly soldier ant marches, it keeps the excitement level high. What is truly remarkable about this book is that not only can the author deliver an amazing story, he writes that story in a astoundingly descriptive manner. To that is added a wonderful assortment of varied and interesting characters. With this mixture, he has created a dense, rich book that made for a very satisfying read.
With an incredible amount of passion, the story unfolds around Anton Rider, a young Englishman, who comes to Africa to find his fortune. What he does find is lots of romance, greed and adventure. Other characters which flesh out this story include a cunning dwarf, a disillusioned English aristocrat and his bitter wife, a young Welsh woman and her badly wounded soldier husband, a Portuguese villain and his exotic sister, along with many other entertaining characters. This is a colourful, old-fashioned story that will have you rooting for the good guys and booing the bad.
I thoroughly enjoyed this great read and look forward to escaping again into Bartle Bull’s Africa with the remaining two books in the trilogy.
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