The South American Boreal: one of the last truly unexplored jungles on our planet. In its dark heart is an ancient crater basin, sealed in by a living cage, making it a time capsule for an ancient, deadly ecosystem.
Matt Kearns, Carla Nero, and a team of scientist explorers have found their way in. In the crater's sunken interior are creatures from a primordial nightmare. Dangers lurk in every treetop, under every rock or loom monstrously over them. It is a place where mankind is out of time.
Matt and Carla must find out how the terrifying parasite wreaking havoc in the United States can be controlled while staying ahead of things that defy belief and shake their understanding of evolution on our planet.
Trapped, with time running out, the team of explorers will find themselves a part of a food chain...and nowhere near the top.
©2013 Greig Beck (P)2013 Bolinda
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I liked the first one enough that I bought this one, even though I was a bit annoyed at the way the first one ended (it was stopped mid-scene, with no form of resolution for the story, as if book one and book two were one book chopped in half).
This one does manage to resolve its own story (i.e. the story that this book is about is ended), but the overarching storyline started in book one is carried on to book three. I am okay with this because I expect there to be some loose ends in the middle book of a series and the resolution of this book's story was satisfactory (I don't mean, in any sense, that this is a good story, it is just a resolved one).
And that brings me to the story itself. This is Jurassic Park. Almost exactly - 'cept without the excitement or good writing.
The characters are not fully rational (sometimes they act in ways that no normal person would in the same circumstances), and they are not consistent in how they behave (they behave one way at the start of the story but at the end they act in ways completely contrary to how they began).
As an action adventure it was barely okay... too reminscent of other jungle adventure gone awry stories, wishy-washy characterization, and no suspense or significant development of the main story line of the trilogy.
I had already bought the 3rd book in the series (and you kinda have to if you want to know what happened with the parasite), but if I had known how the story was going to progress (or not as in this case), I would not have started this series in the first place. The narration is good, but... the story is so lame that even good narration couldn't infuse any excitement.
This entire set of three volumes could have easily been in one, not too long, volume. But, marketing wins in the end, I guess.
Well, to get right to it - the story here is mundane, obviously written for the mid-teen market, and not very interesting. The author attempts to wow us with technical facts constantly quipped by the characters, but comes off as stupid when in the context of one scientist speaking to another.
The ending of this story was so idiotic, I laughed out loud.
I am getting tired of these books. They sound interesting in the promo, but then I start listening, and find they are written for YA audiences, and in reality are just pulp-junk.
Please label books intended for 14 year old girls, so the rest of us can avoid!
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