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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (99 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bartle Bull Narrator: Fred William Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Anton Rider Trilogy Release Date:
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The Great War has ended, tragically for many; but for some more fortunate, East Africa holds the prospect of vast estates, fabulous wealth, and limitless opportunity in this powerful, grandly crafted novel of the natural and human perils that await pioneers in a promised land.

It is in colonial Kenya, at Lord Penfold’s White Rhino Hotel, that the paths of these new settlers cross. Here they meet the cunning dwarf Olivio Alevado, a man whose lustful desires and vengeful schemes make him a formidable adversary to his enemies and a subtle ally to his friends. Here the destinies of the gypsy adventurer Anton Rider and the courageous, war-hardened Gwenn Llewelyn intersect. Here hope is corrupted by greed, love by revenge, and loyalty by betrayal as the future is trampled into history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bartle Bull has a story to tell, and he tells it memorably…Bull’s knowledge of Africa is profound.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A wing-ding adventure story...The kind of book that creates one of the elemental delights of fiction—a complete other world where, unlike our own, all the parts add up to something.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Adventure, suspense, love…Rich with action, good guys, bad guys, betrayal, revenge, and a vast knowledge of East Africa.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “A genuine epic centered in Africa, by a writer who knows how to write, who knows his terrain intimately, who knows how to paint his characters convincingly, and who knows how to spin a good yarn.”


  • “Historical fiction can be washed up on the rocks of anachronism, but Rhino rings true, including the characterizations of people who lived seventy years ago.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maggie | 6/26/2013

    " Same great characters but definitely an R+ rating due to certain content(of which I could have done without). The story, however, was good, I always enjoy stories that take place in distant lands. Without all the heavy, and sometimes distasteful content, I would have rated this a 4. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Clare | 12/1/2012

    " This story, set in Africa, pulled me in. The mix of characters and their different personalities kept the plot interesting. Good tale, but not for the faint of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dennis | 11/18/2012

    " Somebody told me if I liked Wilbur Smiths' books, then I would like this. They were right. Great story. One of the best stories I've read in quite a while. It's the first of a trilogy which I look forward to reading now too. Good job Mr Bull, and Thank You!. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 7/25/2011

    " finally read, wasn't as promising as 1st thought. Did like charaters but could have done so much more with the locations & time frame so large thought it could have been more moving & breathtaking. "

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About the Author

Bartle Bull is the author of the widely praised African novels The White Rhino Hotel, A Café on the Nile, and The Devil’s Oasis. He is a member of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club and was the publisher of the Village Voice.