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Book Review: The Sound of the String: An African Bush Country Adventure by Brad Isham

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Gordon Bradford was a hunter. He was not your average or typical deer or bear hunter, he was a pro. He took his sport so seriously that he even made his own bow and went to such lengths as travel to Africa to go big game hunting with that bow. The Sound of the String: An African Bush Country Adventure by Brad Isham is about those hunting trips.

Gordon’s first trip to Africa was a very enlightening and eye-opening experience. He met some very knowledgeable people and learned a lot from the Professional Hunters (PH) and guides during his short trip. Lucas was one of the PH’s that was assigned to Gordon and Lucas’ wife Lise was the beautiful lady that did the cooking and cleaning at the camp. Gordon could not help but notice the beautiful woman and felt bad for her because she worked so hard around the hunting camp. She was a pleasant change to the hunting scene and Gordon enjoyed the brief moments he had to talk with her.

One of the tragic moments of that first trip was Gordon’s mistake of wounding an animal and not ever finding it to finish it off. It was one of the low points of that first trip that he never forgot and it would hound him for a long time.

Gordon would return time and time again to Africa to go hunting and with every trip, he became more attracted to Lise and she to him. But Gordon knew that she was married and even though he fell in love with Lise, they could never be together. The book culminates with a very strange twist.

This 247-page novel is a well written, nicely bound, and pleasant story to read. Except for a few graphic parts when the animals are killed, it would have been a general audience recommended book, but in my opinion, it is not something for the timid. I enjoyed The Sound of the String: An African Bush Country Adventure by Brad Isham, gave it a very well deserved B on my scale and look forward to more from Mr. Isham.

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