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Series: A Catherine Sohon Elephant Mystery #2
Title: White Gold
Author: Caitlin O’Connell
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Alibi
Published: February 7th, 2017
I found the first book in this series an enthralling read and jumped at the opportunity to read this, the sequel. Rarely does any author have such in depth knowledge of the subject matter, bringing her descriptions of people, places, animals and events vividly to life in the imagination of the reader. The first novel focused on event in the beautiful floodplains of Namibia but this one is based on Catherine moving to investigate the Chinese underworld where she’s endeavouring to capture the smuggler she’s tracked from Namibia, Nigel Lofty.
This time starting in the bustling city of Beijing, there are other dangerous wildlife encounters, a triad turf war, betrayal and dangers around every corner. It is, at times, horrendously gruesome as the brutal illegal animal trade is graphically portrayed. Throughout the story, the elephants are the true stars of this fast paced adventure. I do think it will be best appreciated by people who have read the first book, Ivory Ghosts, as it is assumed readers will know about aspects already encountered in that story and now followed through in this sequel. Discovering just who is trustworthy, trusting herself and her instincts as well as discovering more about the illicit wildlife trade, the political, economical and cultural aspects are all enthralling aspects in this very moving, informative and captivating story.
Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me a copy of this novel with no obligation. This is my honest review.
In this pulse-pounding follow-up to Ivory Ghosts—hailed by Jodi Picoult as “a win for any animal lover or reader with a conservationist’s heart”—wildlife biologist Catherine Sohon ventures into the darkest corners of China to hunt the world’s deadliest poachers.
Catherine Sohon has gone undercover in the Chinese underworld, where the illegal ivory trade is at an all-time high. Posing as a foreign buyer in the backroom of the Beijing Antique Market, she’s closing in on the smuggler who has eluded her since Namibia. Then ruthless gunmen burst in, leaving death in their wake and turning Catherine into a suspect in a triad turf war.
After a close call with a king cobra on a boat full of endangered wildlife, new clues propel her across the country, from open markets to an ivory carving factory in Guangzhou to the forests of southern Yunnan, home to the precious few remaining Chinese-Asian elephants. Her quest pits her against the same vicious trafficking kingpin—only now it’s clear that even high-level officials are looking the other way as the world’s endangered species flood into China from all across Asia and Africa. And when an old lover pays a surprise visit, Catherine is forced to confront the agonizing choices that still haunt her.
As Catherine races to execute a daring sting operation along the mountainous border of Myanmar, a shocking betrayal sends her into a tailspin. Now her life depends on the bond forged with an elephant named Lu Lu. Meanwhile, in the shadows awaits a powerful new adversary—someone with far more at stake than Catherine could possibly know.