©2012 Michael McBride (P)2014 Michael McBride
What's worse than trudging through a jungle? How 'bout trudging uphill through a jungle? Set in the Peruvian rainforest nestled along the mountains, a dead body is discovered and prompts and expedition to find out who--or what--killed him, and where he found that snazzy gold artifact tucked in his bag.
After a wealthy industrialist learns his galavanting son has died under mysterious circumstances in South America, he leads a recon team of scientists and mercenaries into the jungle for answers, guided by the bush pilot that found his son's corpse and the golden crown in his possession. Suspicion on all sides over who knows how much weighs heavy as they venture into the wild, but their own little quabbles are quickly outweighed as it becomes all too apparent that there is a tribe in the jungle, one that has until now gone undiscovered, and the team finds themselves in a race for answers as well for their lives.
If you like those globe-trotting thrillers and encounters with the unknown, you're likely to really get a kick out of this book. What could just be a paint-by-numbers horror/thriller fare is quite capably handled by McBride, who turns this into something just a little bit more riveting than what you might find late at night on SyFy. The characters are fleshed out much more than the run-of-the-mill stories you might be used to, and while the broad premise of the book doesn't feel all that original, its execution helps it stand out from the pack.
The ending isn't quite so revelatory, but a minor complaint for an audiobook helmed by Gary Tiedemann who does a great job in keeping the tone and pace of the story just right, and the characters engaging the whole way through.
If you're a fan of those Preston/Child novels, I'd wager you would be a fan of this one.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
Reminiscent of early Preston/Child non-Pendergast fare, this story should satisfy any need you might have for a good jungle expedition story. There’s nothing particularly new here but it entertains.
This was a great, though strait forward, thriller. The basic premise, is a wealthy man’s son died while searching through a Peruvian rain forest. The man then assembles a team to search for closure, and this book is based around their excursion through said rain forest. The author did a great job with the scenery, it was descriptive and vivid enough that I could get a good picture of it in my mind. He also did a great job with the characters. He gave enough of their back story to make them believable and relatable. Although the story did get predictable at times, the author kept the book engaging enough that I couldn’t put it down. My only real complaint is that the author showed a complete lack of knowledge when it comes to firearms. Overall the book was good enough for me to look past that though. The narrator did a fantastic job with this book. He chose great voices for all the characters and he made the story that much better. His pacing and tone were great, and he kept me on the edge of seat, especially during the tense scenes. In the end, if you’re looking for a great thriller and you don’t mind the author’s lack of gun knowledge, this book is definitely worth a listen.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
great listen loved it! Recommend this book to people that like James Rollins. And action. adventure some horror and suspense mystery
I would suggest to this author that if he is going to have military themes in his book to at least ask someone how things work or maybe look it up. I don't expect an author to be at the Clancy level of technical detail, but at least be competent enough to know that Marine guards on consulate duty do not equate to special ops operators who can just take what they need and walk off into the jungle, or that 160th pilots don't go on raids into caves, or that the sentence "the rifle's carbine whirred even after the clip was empty" is just complete gibberish that he made up because it sounded good in his mind..
Other than that gripe, the book was predictable and just seemed to go on and on building suspense without coming to much of a climax. This is the first review I have felt the need to write and the first audio-book that I have regretted purchasing.
Jurassic Park without the rides, this jungle thriller was exciting and entertaining. Just ignore the narrator's frequent mispronounciations.
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