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Taller Than Trees

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For many years hunters had tried to kill Dhlulamiti, but he had survived. An elephant some thirteen and a half feet tall - his name translated to 'Taller than trees' - and weighing in at twelve tons he was a giant even amongst the largest species of mammal ever to have inhabited the earth. In his early days, he had roamed the savannah in Africa as a killer, attacking every man that came his way, but now wiser thoughts prevailed. Inevitably, one day Dhlulamiti met up with Jumbo McGuire, a hard hell-raising Irish hunter who was renowned for the number of 'kills' to his credit. As the predators circled with a hope of cashing in on what would seem to be the inevitable outcome and an easy meal, the final epic struggle between elephant and man began.

The Author: John Gordon Davis was born in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, and educated in South Africa. He earned a BA in Political Science, paying his way through university by working as a deckhand on British merchant ships and on the Dutch whaling fleet at the Antarctic. He went on to take an LL.B. degree whilst serving as a judge's clerk in Rhodesia.

Called to the Bar, he was appointed an assistant public prosecutor in the Magistrate's Courts during the troubled years leading up to Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence, before becoming Crown Counsel in the Attorney General's Chambers. He was later appointed to the same position in Hong Kong.

He quit this post to become a full-time writer when his first book, "Hold My Hand I'm Dying" became an instant best-seller. Other bestselling novels followed.

A veteran seaman; he and his Australian born wife, Rosemary, sailed round most of the world in a succession of yachts. Upon retirement, they travelled widely and from their home in a lovely old Spanish farmhouse in Andalucia, Spain, he also ran highly successful writing courses for both aspiring and published authors.

John Gordon Davis sadly died in 2014 leaving behind a rich literary heritage, including several unpublished novels he had worked on even as he supposedly slowed the pace.

Genre: Thriller

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