Blog Tour: Last Survivor
A priceless plant, a rare African cycad thought to be extinct and prized by collectors, has been discovered, then stolen.
Joanne Flack, widowed and broke, is the prime suspect for the crime. While supposedly hiding out in London she single-handedly foils a terrorist plot, killing a lone-wolf gunman.
Former mercenary turned CIA contractor, Sonja Kurtz, uncovers a link between the missing plant and the terrorist who tried to kill Joanne. The US Government thinks that if it can find the missing cycad it can foil an attack to rival 9-11.
Hot on Joanne's trail is retired US Fisheries and Wildlife Department special agent Rod Cavanagh who knows his plants and knows his target - he's her former lover.
Joanne is a member of the Pretoria Cycad and Firearms Appreciation Society. She, Sonja and Rod enlist the help of this group of ageing gardeners and gun nuts to find a plant worth a fortune and the traitor in their midst who is willing to kill for it.
I read and reviewed this book as part of the #damppebblesblogtours all of the views expressed below are my own.
Last Survivor had me hooked from the start. The story begins with a rare plant being picked up during a police chase. This rare plant is then entrusted to a group of retirees, who keep it safe under lock and key… or so they thought. A couple of days later, the plant, a large sum of money, and Joanne Flack are all missing – on their way to England. But is Joanne really the culprit? Has she really taken the plant? I wasn’t convinced. But if she hasn’t, then who has?
Tony Park has created a colourful collection of characters. The Pretoria Cycad and Firearms Appreciation Society are a hoot – they resemble The Thursday Murder Club but with more guns. This vibe is mirrored in Sonja Kurtz, a kick-ass CIA contractor who’s brought it to solve the mystery. Park’s descriptions brought these characters to life and I felt as though I really knew them, their quirks and all. The level of description the author uses to describe each of the characters’ reactions and habits is phenomenal. I love this level of detail – it really makes the characters pop. And it’s clear that Park has studied people, he knows how they think and, more importantly, how they react. The same can be said for Park’s descriptions of Africa; he clearly knows the places and their history well which makes for a very realistic story.
Last Survivor is the 4th book in the Sonja Kurtz series, and it has drawn me in completely. The others in the series are definitely on my TBR now!
About Tony Park:
Tony Park was born in 1964 and grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. He has worked as a newspaper reporter in Australia and the UK, a press secretary, a PR consultant, and a freelance writer. He also served 34 years in the Australian Army Reserve, including six months in Afghanistan in 2002. Tony and his wife, Nicola, divide their time equally between Australia and southern Africa. He is the author of eighteen thriller novels set in Africa, with more on the way. His latest novel, Last Survivor, was the number one bestselling adult fiction title in South Africa.
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3lYJnDB
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2UVdLTs
Published in paperback and digital formats by AJP on 1st August 2020