Thank you so much to Milford House Press for the digital ARC of Dead on the Delta! Seeing as I live in frozen western NY, this armchair safari to Botswana was a good pick for me right now
- Title: Dead on the Delta
- Series: Alexa Williams, #5
- Author: Sherry Knowlton
- Publisher & Release: Milford House Press, 2/16/21
- Length:254 pg
- Rate & Recommend: 🌟🌟🌟⚡ for fans of the genre!
Here is the synopsis from Amazon:
Alexa Williams is about to spend four months doing lion research in the African bush with her boyfriend Reese. She looks forward to witnessing the elemental life and death struggle of the wild, but she never imagines she’ll become one of the hunted on the remote Okavango Delta.
Botswana protects its wildlife with strict policies and an entire army deployed to combat poaching. So Alexa and Reese are shocked when poachers wipe out an entire herd of elephants. At the site of the mass slaughter near their lion project, they promise authorities that they’ll watch for suspicious activity as they travel the Delta.
When the country’s strict wildlife conservation policies come under debate in the capital, tensions flare and Alexa begins to suspect the ongoing poaching incidents may be about even more than the illicit ivory trade. Especially when a close friend dies when caught in the crossfire.
After an alarming series of near escapes, gunmen attack the safari camp where she and Reese are staying, and Alexa must brave wild animals and the dangerous labyrinth of Delta channels in a desperate attempt to save the hostages, including the man she loves.
The book definitely has two strong points: setting and atmosphere. I never had trouble picturing the sights, smells, and animals of Botswana. Whether they were bouncing along in the camp vehicle or hanging out on the deck at the lagoon, Knowlton exceeds at providing even the sounds of the environment. The prevailing mood was always apparent as well which was a great way to keep me immersed in most of the scenes.
Alexa, Reese, and the other characters are a good bunch and they seemed to have realistic relationships. I liked that none of them were perfect and they all had real life issues to work through as well. The romance is pretty cute too, I can tell they care deeply for each other.
This is Alexa Williams book #5, and my first read of the series. That said, I don’t expect an info dump but I spent the first few chapters not knowing if Alexa was a researcher, tourist, detective, Interpol or what the heck. Come to find she is a lawyer. A very brief introduction to Alexa and Reece was definitely needed, I felt like the characters were moving shadows in the environment as everyone except Handsome Harry lacked physical descriptions as well.
The book had plenty of harrowing danger and political intrigue, although Alexa was only involved peripherally in the poaching investigation. She stumbled upon them by accident at every encounter and we never really knew if the Defense Force was making any progress with the poachers.
I also tuned out a bit when the commission was discussing conservation policies. It was interesting to learn about poaching and some of the wildlife conservation issues though, I think more detecting, poking around by Alexa, and overall suspense would have made it a better read for me. It seemed like either total disaster mode or everyday life with little between mood wise.
Overall – I totally enjoyed the reading experience. I might have even googled safaris to see what was involved in booking one. I would like to go back and read the first Alexa novel to learn a little more about her, but I can definitely safely recommend the book for fans of good characters, strong settings, lawyers, animals, and conservation efforts!
Free book received in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own
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