The Chinese government invites a small group of journalists, dignitaries and other VIPs to China for the unveiling of its latest and greatest creation, the Great Zoo of China. Among those invited is Dr. Cassandra Jane Cameron (CJ), veterinarian, renowned expert of reptiles and writer for National Geographic. Developed and built in a beautiful, yet remote area of China, this is no ordinary zoo. There is only one type of animal kept here, and it is like nothing anyone has ever seen before.
As expected in a Matthew Reilly novel, the reader doesn’t have to wait very long for the thrills to start. While enjoying their tour, CJ, her brother Hamish, the US Ambassador to China and a slew of internet and newspaper journalists soon come face to face with the creatures of the zoo, who it turns out have some plans of their own. Without giving too much of the plot away, a roller-coaster ride of a battle ensues, where human and animal fight it out for ultimate control.
If there’s one thing that Matthew Reilly knows how to do well it’s to write an action packed novel. The Great Zoo of China is no exception. Literature it is not, but it is a fun, absorbing novel full of fantastical ideas, unbelievable stunts and heart-stopping action. From first to last line, the story kept me engaged and entertained, flipping the pages in anticipation of the next explosive plot twist. Sure, some of those same plot twists were totally ridiculous and at times the violence is unnecessary and over the top, but that’s what makes Matthew Reilly novels fun and exciting and capable of, if for just a moment, to transport you away from the everyday grind to a place where only adventure and action exist.
If you’re a fan of the genre, I recommend you check out The Great Zoo of China as well as his previous novels which include Contest, the Jack West Jr. series, as well as the Shane Schofield/Scarecrow series. Just click on the images below for more information about Matthew Reilly and his awesome action/adventure books.
Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.