Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly, Book Review

General Information
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published Date: January 27, 2015

Book Summary (per Amazon)
It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have proven the existence of dragons—a landmark discovery no one could ever believe is real, and a scientific revelation that will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing findings within the greatest zoo ever constructed.

A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see these fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr. Cassandra Jane “CJ” Cameron, a writer forNational Geographic and an expert on reptiles. The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that the dragons are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong.

Of course it can’t…

My Thoughts
Simply put..I loved every page of this book.  The beginning, middle and end flowed seamlessly in an action packed adventure for the characters and readers.  I love books, all kind of books, and this is easily one of my favorites.  To showcase this, I read, I review, I blog and mention them to friends and people on social media in passing.  Not this one.  No the second I finished I was talking to my family and was like I have to tell you about this story!  I had not read this author's work previously, but I can tell you I already have several of his other adventures on my TBR list.

CJ is the main character in this adventure and she is a true dynamo.  She doesn't back down, tries to help others, stays true to herself and kicks some major booty as she does so.  I enjoyed how Matthew Reilly (MR) wrote her thought process into the story line.  It was fascinating to see her make the connections of how the dragons would react, fight, etc. to her studies of the crocodile.  Along with CJ was her brother Hamish, the US Ambassador to China, his aide and more characters whose fully developed characters and story lines were instrumental in how full bodied and enjoyable this story was!  I was waiting for a loop with one of the characters, but was not expecting what MR delivered mid way through the book!

Additionally this book displayed quite a few different types of relationships.  I was torn between my favorite, but as I write this I think I will say my favorite relationship that developed would be between CJ and Lucky. (I can't help it, I am an animal lover:)-!!)  The other two relationships were CJ and her brother (how fun would it be to have a brother and nicknames Chickmunk and Bear?..seriously though).  The love, respect and just fun interactions between them epitomize what everyone hopes to see between siblings.

I do not want to write much about the dragons or the events of the story because I think everyone should read this book and experience the world MR creates with this adventure.  I would love to see this as a movie because my goodness the visual effects that would be necessary to create these majestic dragons, the castles, the zoos, the crocodiles, etc. would be breathtaking.  I will end my review with praise for how this story was able to take myths and utilizing today's global political climate along with the idea of climate change or at least changes in climate/temperate times create a realistic (not just mythical) and interesting take on how dragons could exist and thrive in actuality.

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Disclaimer:  I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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