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Title:
The great zoo of China
Author:
Reilly, Matthew.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.

©2014
Physical Description:
392 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Attending the opening of a magnificent zoo in China where a newly discovered animal species is being housed, National Geographic expert Dr. CJ Cameron confronts unexpected dangers posed by the mysterious creatures.

"The all-new thriller from #1 internationally bestselling author Matthew Reilly! It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr. Cassandra Jane "CJ" Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles. The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that they are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong. Of course it can't... GET READY FOR ACTION ON A GIGANTIC SCALE"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781476749556
Format :
Book

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In the blockbuster and bestselling tradition of Jurassic Park comes the breakneck new adventure from the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Matthew Reilly whose imaginative, cinematic thrillers "make you feel like a kid again; [they're] a blast" ( Booklist ).

It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have proven the existence of dragons--a landmark discovery no one could ever believe is real, and a scientific revelation that will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing findings within the greatest zoo ever constructed.

A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see these fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr. Cassandra Jane "CJ" Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles. The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that the dragons are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong.

Of course it can't…


Author Notes

Matthew Reilly was born in Sydney, Australia on July 2, 1974. He graduated from St. Aloysius' College and studied law at the University of New South Wales. He writes the Hover Car Racer series and the Jack West Junior series. His other works include Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, and Hell Island.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Reilly, author of the Jack West Jr. action thrillers (and the earlier Shane Schofield series), gives his usual breathless performance here. A group of visitors to a new Chinese zoo among them, an American reptile expert, a New York Times columnist, and an ambassador's aide with a shadowy past are shocked to learn that the Chinese have discovered a creature that's always been considered mythological. More than that: they've created this zoo to keep the creatures penned in, no small feat since the creatures can fly. Naturally, the carefully planned visit goes awry almost immediately, leaving our group of visitors running for their lives, pursued by creatures whose one purpose is to eat them. Sure, this sounds a lot like Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park (1990), but let's just say Reilly is tapping into a literary theme, and move on. Taken on its own merits, the book delivers the usual Reilly goods: plenty of action, a variety of interesting characters, and some villains we can't wait to see get what's coming to them. It also delivers pacing that borders on frenetic, scene staging that reads like a screenplay, and punctuation that relies a little too much on exclamation marks. Still, for readers who like the feel of a slam-bang B-movie action thriller, Reilly does it as well as anyone. And who says there's anything wrong with slam-bang action anyway? HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: For over-the-top-adventure addicts, a Reilly novel is like a new roller-coaster opening at Great America. Lines form, fans swoon.--Pitt, David Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this entertaining if derivative science thriller from bestseller Reilly (Scarecrow Returns), Chinese officials invite a group of Americans to the opening of a new, groundbreaking zoo in Guangdong Province. On arrival, the guests-who include the U.S. ambassador to China, a New York Times columnist, and the book's plucky heroine, herpetologist CJ Cameron, who's covering the event for National Geographic-are stunned to discover that the Chinese have somehow managed to populate the zoo with a "unique kind of dinosaur." Cable car rides enable people to be right in the middle of flying dragons. Of course, electricity-based protective measures are supposed to insure their safety, but, inevitably, system failures send CJ and the others scrambling to survive. While some readers may consider this more of a rip-off than an homage to Jurassic Park, Reilly makes both the existence of the legendary beasts and the Chinese motivation to launch the project plausible. Agent: Suzanne Gluck, WME. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Reilly's (Area 7; Scarecrow) new thriller is more along the veins of sf/fantasy set in modern-day China. Looking to become a truly dominant cultural power player, China has developed a method to breed dragons. Its Great Zoo houses a wide variety of dragons, and noted herpetologist and National Geographic writer CJ Cameron has been invited to the undisclosed location, along with other government and news notables to report on these creatures. But as with Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, things don't go according to plan. There is little of the thriller in these pages-the outcomes, such as the resulting deaths, are not unexpected,. The only surprising twist is CJ's discovery that she can communicate with these creatures. Verdict Despite the lack of originality of Reilly's plot, his fans may still enjoy it as will readers who love sf/fantasy tales, especially those involving dragons.-Michelle Martinez, Sam Houston State Univ. Lib., Huntsville, TX (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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