Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Great Zoo of China: Matthew Reilly - Review

Great Zoo of China

Public review posted for Great Zoo of China on Amazon:

I rated this book as 4 Stars

After years of secret research, top reptile expert Dr Cassandra Jane Cameron "CJ" and her brother Hamish, along with selected other VIP guests, are invited by the Chinese Government to witness the grand unveiling of "The Great Zoo of China" - which turns out to actually be the "The Great Dragon Zoo of China".

Things all start well during the tour. The Chinese have constructed an amazing purpose built home to show the dragons off to the world, but things soon go awry (as you may likely have anticipated), and it's down to CJ and company, (but mainly CJ) to save the day.

This novel is action-packed throughout. I finished it in a couple of days.

I was really impressed by the level of detail and planning that Matthew Reilly puts into the story. The book is complete with detailed schematics and layouts that are relevant for each chapter and the description of the various Dragon clans/species is vivid and detailed.

This is firmly an action-genre novel so don't expect huge amounts of characterisation or plot-twisting surprises.

I'd also recommend putting your "suspension of disbelief" setting up to the maximum, otherwise it might interrupt your enjoyment of the story. For me, one description of a 747-sized Dragon throwing a building at its captor stretched my imagination right to the limit. However, I moved on through that and still really enjoyed the story.

An enjoyable, fast paced action novel.

I received a free advanced reader copy of this book from the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.