Tembo Makaburi

  • by John Isaac Jones
  • Narrated by JD Kelly
  • 1 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tembo Makaburi, the Swahili term for “elephant cemetery,” is the stuff of which dreams are made for ivory hunters. This is the story of a greedy man's quest for riches and glory as he relentlessly pursues a bull elephant and his valuable ivory tusks across the vast expanse of the Serengeti plains. A chilling tale of greed and revenge!

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Great Short Story

Hunting an elephant in the fabled elephant graveyard. Is there something supernatural about the graveyard or is the hunter becoming the hunted? Very nice short story that I would recommend to anyone who likes a good game of cat and mouse.

JD Kelly did a fantastic job. I was in the passenger seat the whole time and this was a great ride. Can't wait to hear more from him.

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- Muraenidae

Turned tables in Man vs Beast

Set in the past, when ivory hunting was not illegal and big game hunting was something done commonly by adventurers, Tembo Makaburi follows a British ivory hunter and his local guide as they track a old bull elephant through the Savannah. While tracking the elephant they come along the mother load - an elephant cemetery, filled with ivory for the taking. But it may be they are not there by accident, and the bull elephant has led them to a trap.

John Isaac Jones has written another good short story. Well told and engaging the short story builds up the characters and the landscape well, with all being distinct and interesting. From the outset it is clear that the main ivory hunter is not the hero of the story and not someone to cheer for - there is the now despised ivory trade he engages in, but also his name Cravens invokes a sense of an unlikable and unheroic character. It's clear that it won't end in wealth and glory for him, but what his end will be, and just how that end is reached is the unknown that keeps your attention.

Narration by JD Kelly adds to the story. He provides a variety of voices for the characters that help carry the story. The main one being Cravens, which he gives a snotty, snobbish British accent - the exact sort of thing you would expect for a turn of the century adventurer in the ivory trade. It adds to the dislike and wishing for comeuppance that is built into the story.

JD Kelly is well paced and easy to follow. He does good work with this and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to his work again.

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- Kingsley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-20-2017
  • Publisher: John Isaac Jones