Monday, January 5, 2015


The Great Zoo of ChinaThe Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

About a quarter of the way into this book, I thought about not finishing it. From the very beginning, the reader thinks "Jurassic Park" but with dragons. More like a comic book story and exhausting with non-stop action, this book demands an enormous suspension of disbelief.

The amount of blood, gore, destruction, death, and just plain awfulness was over the top. I even worried that the budget for a faithful movie would be unattainable.

Matthew Reilly is a best-selling author but I had never read him before. It annoyed me that he often repeated facts multiple times, which I consider writing down to the reader.

The Chinese government has kept secret for forty years the fact that they have found a species that no one has believed is real and they have built an incredible facility to house it. Now it is time to invite a few select people to view their achievement and report back to the world. One of them is our protagonist Dr. Cassandra Jane “CJ” Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles.

It's not hard to guess what comes next. What you have to admire is the detailed world the author has created.

Many reviewers and readers thought this was an amazing book, so let's just say it's not my type of read.

Bottom Line: To sum up my personal feelings all I have to do is quote CJ, " Oh, you have got to be kidding me".

Title: The Great Zoo of China
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Gallery Books
No. of Pages: 416 pages
Copyright: January 27, 2015
ISBN-10: 1476749558
ISBN-13: 978-1476749556
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Source: NetGalley

Disclaimer: An advanced copy of The Great Zoo of China was provided to me by Gallery Books/Net Galley for review purposes.

Matthew Reilly "is the international bestselling author of twelve novels: Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, Hover Car Racer, Hell Island, Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors, Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves and The Tournament. Matthew’s books are published in over 20 languages with worldwide sales of over 7 million copies." (from the author's website)

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