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The Great Zoo of China Paperback – 22 December 2015
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The no. 1 bestseller from Australia's favourite novelist, author of the Scarecrow series and the Jack West Jr series with new novel The One Impossible Labyrinth out now.
"A big bold blockbuster" Sydney Morning Herald
It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed.
The Chinese are ready to unveil their fabulous creatures in the greatest zoo ever constructed. VIPs and journalists, including reptile expert Dr Cassandra Jane 'CJ' Cameron, are invited to see the beasts for the first time.
The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they are perfectly safe, that nothing can go wrong.
Of course it can't...
Fans of Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton will love Matthew Reilly.
PRAISE FOR THE GREAT ZOO OF CHINA
"a heady mixture of everything old and new in the popular thriller" Saturday Age
"urgent pacing and whiplash action" West Australian
"The story rapidly races through a series of increasingly spectacular action set pieces to the final breathless conclusion" Sydney Morning Herald
The B format paperback of the 2014 blockbuster from Australia's No.1 bestselling author.
- Publisher : Pan Australia (22 December 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 544 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1743533314
- ISBN-13 : 978-1743533314
- Dimensions : 13.2 x 3.4 x 19.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 18,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The lack of backstory and mythology present in the Jack West series makes it more fast paced, actually.
There's less world-building as it's set in just one location, and doesn't build into other stories.
Thanks, Matt, for a wonderful trip to the Great Zoo of China.
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I didn’t have a clue what this one was about when I started reading, other than a Chinese zoo (obviously) as I was reading on Kindle (not easy to get to a blurb in my opinion).
Let’s start with a positive, I liked the theme of the book, a Dragon zoo, but I quickly started to draw comparisons with Jurassic Park (a fact which the author acknowledges in the review at the end of the book). MR must have realised this on his proofing/feedback of early versions as at around the time when I started to think that is when everything just goes to pot with the dragons trying to escape.
From there it is an incredibly unbelievable storyline from an action point of view (not a problem for me, that’s what I wanted) and found that the whole dragon aspect did seem well done. Particular standout points (without spoilers) were how the dragons survived, the links to other mythologies, and the idea of their pack mentality.
My criticism comes from his use of exclamation marks, almost as if MR can’t believe what he had written (I think I have said this before in a review of another book of his). If you are like me you will hear the story unfolding with a series of “OMG’s!!!” being shouted at you - I somehow managed to ignore the exclamation marks after around 50% of reading the book and see through to the real content.
I initially wanted to give the book only 3 out of five because of this, but on reflection, the story and the setting were well described (the maps did help). I would not say don’t read the book, just… try and get over the exclamation points as soon as you can! That was an intentional exclamation mark to make a point, not an over use ;-)
I enjoyed the book - it's fun, action packed and gory. It's also pretty well written. The main character CJ is a bit of a Mary Sue but she's likeable, and the plot cracks along at real pace. If anything there are actually too many action scenes and far too many moments where a dragon swoops in, kills someone and swoops back out again.
It's also not a story that's going to leave much impact after you've read it - what it is a fun OTT creature feature and does the job perfectly if that's what you're looking for in your next read.