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Macpherson’s Elephant


It is the penultimate decade of the 20th century, South Africa’s Apartheid government remains in power, unrest mounts, civil war continues to ravage Mozambique and the decimation of Africa’s wildlife continues.  In KwaZulu, two game reserves are on the front line and provide a final refuge for some of Africa’s remaining big tuskers, the legendary Sihangwane Elephants.

The elephant, a bull christened uSathane (Satan) by the Zulu game scouts. Both a victim of the wildlife holocaust, and a killer, maddened by wounds and driven to destroy both elephants and men.

Mabhidleta, a survivor, the leader of a shadowy poaching gang.  Shaped by decades of combat in a savage civil war where no quarter is expected or given.

Stuart Macpherson, soldier turned game ranger, and a handful of game scouts must stop the killing.  Macpherson is drawn into all the era’s intrigues, witchcraft and violence.  Driven by his beliefs and his own concept of duty and honour, Macpherson must fight to protect his family and end the terror.



    Blastingpop, September 2018, Review by Jane Flowers. "The book is so much more than a game ranger's diary and presents a deeply disturbing, if compelling read... The words masterfully weave a metal image and his way with words does indeed paint pictures, smells and sounds. It's the type of book that draws the reader in as it progresses. By the middle of it, it becomes impossible to put down, As the tension builds you share the dark, the cold, the stark danger and the disturbing thread that gets woven between uSathane (Satan) the elephant, and the main character Macpherson. Just when you think the book has ended it hasn't... There is a sense of new beginnings at the end of the book yet also more of the same dangerous dance, where nothing changes.  This is the type of masterful ending that the likes of Stephen King manage."

  • Magnum magazine, June 2018, Review by Morgan Haselau. "Magnum doesn't usually review works of fiction. However, we make an exception for Macpherson's Elephant... I enjoy reading historical fiction and Macpherson's Elephant will stand alongside some of my favorites...the story's fast pace made the 400 plus pages fly by. I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for an exciting and uniquely South African read."

  • "Country Life magazine, June 2018, Reviewer Tony Carnie. Ed Ostrosky, founding park warden of the Tembe Elephant Park on the Mozambique border, pulls aside the curtain to expose some of the more sweaty and terrifying aspects of confronting heavily-armed poachers or tracking rogue elephant maddened by festering gunshot wounds.  Although a work of fiction, the book is based on real events and the lead character closely mirrors Ostrosky...Wounded and harassed by poachers and militia gangs during the Mozambican Civil War, some of the Tembe elephants turned quite nasty and, while his job was to protect them, Macpherson is compelled to pursue the malevolent bull that gives the book its title.