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Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly Review

Gallery Books

Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc

ISBN 9781476749556

Pub Date   

In the blockbuster and bestselling tradition of Jurassic Park comes the breakneck new adventure from the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Matthew Reilly whose imaginative, cinematic thrillers “make you feel like a kid again; [they’re] a blast” (Booklist).

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 for National 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…

Matthew Reilly is a New York Times best-selling author of eight novels that have been published in eighteen languages in twenty countries. He has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide.

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The Great Zoo of China

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Great Zoo of China was my first time reading this author. The book is wall to wall action. Starting from page one, the dust never settles. Each scene topped the ones before it. There are huge monsters, large scale weapons, hand-to-hand fighting, shootouts, explosions, bloody deaths, etc.
It was a creature of another time, a terrible serpent-like thing. It was everything that human beings—soft and clawless—feared.

I found myself really, really into the storyline at parts and then just not actually caring much at other times. I didn't feel a connection to the main character. I never could really get inside her head or understand her. That was my biggest issue with this story.

One of the largest focus-grabbers for me was Lucky. I very much cared about her fate. Another draw for me was the extra attention given to explanation. Maps of the park and quotes from famous literature were used to bring points home. Also, I believe the author must have done a lot of research on animal abilities, modern weapons, economics, geography, etc to spin a detailed plot.

If your looking for something to touch your heart, this isn't it. If you love massive action with a hint of sci-fi and a touch of horror, The Great Zoo of China is perfect for you. I did find this to be a fun read and would read more from this author in the future.

My favorite quote—
"Feels like we're driving into Mordor."

***copy given in exchange for an honest review***


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