Saturday, 15 July 2017

Nothing is as it seems ...

All over the wold, brutal animal attacks are crippling entire cities,  Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread.  When he witnesses a co-ordinated lion ambush is Africa, the enormity of the impending violence becomes terrifyingly clear.

With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late.  The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and so there will be no place left for humans to hide.

 I came to this novel having watched the first season of the TV show of the same name; and I wanted to know what had promoted the development of the show.  I usually find James Patterson’s psychological thrillers to be a bit lightweight compared to Jonathan Kellerman (but I guess that comes down to which author you read first).

I am now quite sure how co-authoring a book works.  Does someone have the idea and the other person write it or do they both write it or is James Patterson’s name on the book to help make it sell?  Not being a fan of JP this book is not really in his favoured genre; and the writing, in places, was different.

I love a good science fiction book and unfortunately this was quite a bit lacking.  I know people’s eyes glaze over when people write books that are science heavy but some science is necessary.  However, here there is no great detail of the concepts behind the occurrence and very little technical jargon was used which begs the question as to how much research was actually done on the subject.

Yes the book is well written with a good pace, yet there is no change in the ‘voice’ of the book between all the various Points of View (‘POV’).  There are also large gaps in the storyline that are not explained and left this reader scratching her head, not to mention the inconsistencies.

The characters were a bit flat with few redeeming qualities and unfortunately JP used the romantic novel standard of insta-love.

I was surprised that part way through the book there was a rather large leap in the story with little or no explanation.  I personally want to know what happened in those intervening years.  All this said this book kept me interested so much so that I would be interested in reading the sequel that will surely follow; and I will be watching the TV series for however long it lasts.

So if you like science fiction (light on the science) and want a nice light entertaining summer read then this is one for you.

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