“This book is packed with action from start to finish; it opens with the main character Astrid and her faithful servant Mojo, facing a possible flogging and imprisonment from the government. Astrid’s crime was to retaliate when a poacher killed one of her orphan animals, a baby elephant; who she has hand reared. Her father Helmet is trying to keep her out of jail but is scared that he may fail. Mark is in love with Astrid and she is fond of him. He is gathering evidence about an organised gang of poachers, who have government protection from corrupt politicians. Many people want to silence Mark before he presents his evidence.
Clay is a well-known hunter who wants to kill Ahmed the biggest elephant in the country, at any cost. Ahmed is a national treasure and he is protected by the president, who feels a special affinity with the elephant. Tim, Clay’s son, shares none of his father’s bloodthirsty traits.
Jim wants to shoot a film in Africa and needs footage of their biggest elephant Ahmed. He is accompanied by Julia a married woman, who is in love with him. If you like action packed stories, you will love this book as it does not disappoint. If you have an affinity for our diminishing wildlife this book will inform you. I learnt a lot reading this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Well done William.”
-By Mrs Tina Britt
“Bill Gardner captured on paper what he witnessed in life when traveling extensively through Africa. A lively and enjoyable insight into one man’s understanding of how he interpreted the mystique of the African continent.”
“Having been to Africa and seeing firsthand the spectacle of the animal’s one is privileged to witness you know that you are having the experience of a lifetime. You are drawn back for more. This book confirms your desire. The author provides a vivid view of the country, its people and the predicament the continent finds itself into today. There were moments when I could not put the book down. Very exciting!”
– By Jeffery Baumgartner
“Who hasn’t wanted to go on a Safari? From the first page, the reader is drawn into a web of intrigue, conflict and profound moral choices regarding the plight of endangered species and unrestricted personal greed that will lead to their extermination
This is a total trip, one with a twist and edge of your seat ending. All the ingredients for a thrilling movie adventure. Plus the author has described the scenario with all his personal visual memory of the great Kilimanjaro mystic. there’s a touching unrequited love story to boot.”
“Knowing the author personally and being responsible for many of the wonderful adventures we have shared through our 45 years of being close friends, may I suggest this as a wonderful read which is based on fact for the most part..It is well written and a very exciting POV of the modern times in the Africa of today as well as years back and the struggles therein!”
“William Louis Gardner has written a powerful, thrilling and engaging novel that brilliantly explores the endangered elephant herds of Africa.”
-Martha Smilgis Executive Producer of Extra
A great read. Loved the book. Couldn’t put it down.
-Mary and Barnaby Conrad Santa Barbara Writers Conference
“In William Gardner’s new book he puts you in the Picture! Because he has been there and experienced all of East Africa first hand he writes with a clarity, simplicity that flows magically just as does life in East Africa, I could not put it down, and was sorry when it ended. But hopefully there will be a sequel.”
“National treasure is a status that won’t protect one from greed. “The Games End” is a novel about Ahmed, a massive tusk elephant in Kenya who captivated Hollywood throughout the 50′s through 1970′s. Although he was ordered to be protected from hunters, the allure of this giant prize would not protect him from those who only saw only dollar signs. “The Games End” is a riveting novel of adventure, highly recommended.”
-Review from the Midwest Book Review for “The Games End”