Kevin Thomas (b.1950) was born in Rhodesia and aged 17 he joined the Rhodesian Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management. After 6 years service he left and became an operational combat officer and later, a counterinsurgency instructor in the Selous Scouts. He became a full time professional hunting and safari guide, operating 'Kevin Thomas Safaris' across most of southern Africa, until retiring and relocating to the UK in 2013.
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Shadows In An African Twilight by Kevin Thomas (2009) is a collection of fascinating stories about a life of adventure spread across nearly four decades in Africa and culminating in Iraq. Many of the stories tell of the aberrant behaviour of man-eating lions and killer crocodiles, courageous Rhodesian game rangers who while fighting to preserve the wildlife of a beautiful country were also fighting against terrorist forces. The author also relates in depth some of his experiences as a pseudo counter-insurgency operator while serving in the elite Selous Scouts during the Rhodesian Bush War.
Tracking the Memory: Tales Of Hunting by Kevin Thomas (2011) A personal account of early life on a Rhodesian farm near Chipinga, later experiences as game ranger and living along the Sabi River, and recent adventures as a wildlife guide and hunter.
The Hunting Game by Kevin Thomas (2015) is a collection of hunting stories from over the four decades the author has spent as a professional hunter in southern Africa. Many of the stories are about specific hunting safaris the author has guided, there are also chapters covering rifle calibres and bullet performance. There are also chapters on the hunting of crop raiding elephants in Mozambique, the author's experiences in dealing with tribal African superstitions when he was still a young game ranger with the Rhodesian Department of National Parks & Wildlife Management. Another chapter is a humorous look at the often contentious gratuity issue in the safari hunting industry. This book will be of interest not only to sport hunters but to anyone with an interest in the sustainable consumptive yield of Southern Africa's wildlife resources.
There's Something About Buffalo by Kevin Thomas (2018) is retired professional hunter Kevin Thomas's fourth book about hunting and wildlife in southern Africa. This time around he has invited friends and colleagues to contribute stories about their thrilling and memorable experiences of hunting African buffalo. Much in the same vein as his previous books, this anthology is an informative collection about what it's like to be an ethical hunter in this day and age but with the focus on one species.
What Calibre To Bring On A One Gun African Safari by Kevin Thomas (2016) is an eBook full of advice from a leading African PH about selecting a one calibre rifle for all the animals a client may want to hunt.
An Iraq Interlude by Kevin Thomas (2022) details the author's two years spent in Iraq, 2004 to 2006, while he was working in private security contracted to a risk management company in Iraq. The author addresses both the seriousness and the humour of the work involved in the private security sector within a hostile environment and also writes about some of the more colourful characters he met and worked with in Iraq.
Cartwheeling with Geese: Short Stories From A Rhodesian Boyhood Circa 1955 To 1967 by Kevin Thomas (2020) is a collection of very humorous stories from a mischievious boyhood in the bygone years in Rhodesia. The tales include the author (aged six) and his friend stalking the farm's stud dairy bull with a view to shooting it on the scotum with a BB gun. The stories portray the high-spirited life of young boys living a carefree life before the advent of modern distractions.
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