The Horns and the Beast

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by Carlos Carvalho

The Horns and the Beast

A thriller born in the raw, dusty African bushveld, where rhinos are systematically hunted down by poachers with machine guns. The horns, worth more than their weight in gold, are hacked off and sold through the black market controlled by the Chinese Triads.
Martin Crowshaw manages a team monitoring rhinos in Botswana. They get drawn into a life-and-death struggle with a ruthless gang of poachers. Martin realizes that the only way to stop any future slaughter of rhinos is to neutralise the kingpin who is financing the poaching operations.
What he thought would be a straightforward quest turns into a baffling conundrum, leading him on the international trail of the mysterious financier, finally reaching Hong Kong. But the quarry turns out to be someone beyond his wildest expectations.
Based on actuality and the cruel reality of organised crime, the story rips into the world of unbridled power, exposing how its abuse affects both the victims and perpetrators alike. It is permeated by dark, psychological undertones and explores mysteries setting the mind racing along surprising trails and revealing astonishing secrets.

Below is a review by a book reviewer Clayton Bye, Canada:

Martin Crowshaw is a successful industrialist in the field of miniature electronics. He also has what he claims is a hobby: Martin works for Global Doomsday Trust (GDT), a covert organization dedicated to countering international environmental crime. Currently, his arm of the trust is monitoring the Rhinoceros population in Northern Botswana, Africa.
When Martin’s group is attacked by a deadly, well-organized group of poachers, the assignment turns into a small scale war that brings torture, rape and death to his people and death to some of his opponents. Once GDT regroups and takes down the poachers, discovering in the process a collection of Rhino Horns equal to half of the Rhino population in Northern Botswana, Martin and his leader (known only as Z) decide to follow the trail back to the source of this sophisticated band of criminals.
Tracing clues and criminals from Botswana to Johannesburg, Egypt, Germany, Montana, and Hong Kong, Martin and company slowly piece together a very strange puzzle that sees friends killed, families threatened and children kidnapped—all because a mysterious character named Huang Hui is not only poaching, he’s buying up all known collections of Rhino Horns. Martin eventually realizes he’s stumbled upon something much more sinister than the marketing of illegal horns. And when he finds out what that something is, it’s enough to blow his mind. Hopefully Martin can survive long enough to pass on what he knows about… Huang Hui and the Beast.
The Horns and the Beast by Carlos Carvalho is a well written and interesting international thriller full of action, surprises and extreme plot twists. His characters spring to life on the page, and there are enough of them that one is not only drawn deep into the story but into the very lives of those characters. I kept thinking to myself that I was getting glimpses of Desmond Bagley and Hammond Innes.
This 449 page novel is, I believe, Carlos Carvalho’s premiere. The Horns and the Beast is also self-published. I mention this, because it’s rare to find a self-published book that doesn’t have quite a few of what I call “warts,” especially a novel as large and ambitious as this one. I believe I found just 3 spelling mistakes (which is fewer than what I counted in Stephen King’s last novel), and I can’t fault the rhythm, exposition, sentence structure or dialogue.
Carlos Carvalho spun his story well enough that I enjoyed the entire novel (even the leisurely start) to the extent that it felt like I had read a book half its size. That’s good enough to garner my vote.

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Pages: 454

ASIN: B0052A1WR8

Sales Rank: 2646823

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