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Publisher's Summary

A manuscript illuminated with fantastical creatures said to have roamed the Garden of Eden, the bestiary has been handed down throughout the centuries by one of the Arab world's most prominent families. Commissioned to restore it is the beautiful young art curator Beth Cox. But it is Beth's husband, Carter - a paleontologist making his own dire discoveries in Los Angeles's famed La Brea Tar Pits - who will be led by the bestiary into a living, breathing menagerie of wonders and horrors.

©2006 Robert Masello (P)2016 Tantor

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Ancient Legendary Beasts Come To Los Angeles

From the Iraq war to the high society community of Bel Aire, creatures are brought forth.
Add:
an Iraqi aristocrat with deep dark secrets
human skeleton's found in the La Bria Tar Pits
A group of self-styled militia with some bad ideas
a former military man with a more than slightly crooked outlook on life
strip clubs
ancient manuscripts
what might be ghosts
a menagerie of animals that should not exist

Of course, mayhem ensues.

This is a fun read.
I did not realize when I began that this is actually a sequel to VIGIL by the same author.
Reading that first would doubtless make a few passages here make more sense.
If you have not read VIGIL you can get by just fine, but you will be wondering what is going on a couple of spots in the story.

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  • Michelle
  • WAIPAHU, HI, United States
  • 10-18-17

Entertaining in the car

Though this wasn’t as good as the last two of his books I listened to it was still very entertaining. The narrator did a great job with the different characters.

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Wow. What a great story!

I loved this book. It kept me intrigued to the very end. I hope there is a sequel!

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Moderately engaging, but wish there was more to it

What does Corey M. Snow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think that the narrator's performance helped make a mediocre story feel more worthwhile.

Any additional comments?

This is my first experience with this author, and to be honest, I wasn't particularly impressed with this book. The subplots don't do a very good job supporting or complementing the main narrative, one of them feels like it's there to kind of set up the ending, but the other one feels like it doesn't really belong in the novel, because it has little impact on the primary action driving the story. I also felt a little cheated by the ending, in the sense that the "payoff" you expect to get doesn't really feel earned. Another reviewer said that this book is like if you were watchingJurassic Park and waiting to see the dinosaurs and they only show up in the last 15 minutes of the movie. I think that's a pretty fair explanation of why this book just didn't work for me.

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I loved it so much!

Wonderful full bodied story! The characters were so deep and well done that you even could emphasize with the some of the bad guys. I also was so happy that it took place in some of my favorite places! More of this PLEASE!!!!!!

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  • Marc
  • SOUTHINGTON, CT, United States
  • 05-26-17

Not one of the best I've read.

This book was a little too far fetched for me. It was almost like two stories stuffed into one book .

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Another intriguing story by Masello

History, mythology, and the present woven together into a story you just can't put down. Though there is a sub story left hanging! I hope there's a book to follow!

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I do not like the book.

Not a good book in my opinion. I would like to remove it from my library.

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  • Monica
  • Silver Cliff, CO, United States
  • 10-02-17

not my kind of book after all.

lacking adventure lacking fun missing so much.
thisnbooj just did not suxk you in. I kept waiting for something To catch Me.

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