Book Review: The Great Zoo of China by: Matthew Reilly

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication Date: January 27, 2015

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: 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…

Review: THE GREAT ZOO OF CHINA is a fast paced thriller and very quick read. While THE GREAT ZOO OF CHINA doesn’t have the scientific chops of a book like JURASSIC PARK, it’s an explosive adventure novel which you can just sit back and enjoy without thinking too hard. Most of the secondary characters were pretty much interchangeable and there’s not a lot of character development throughout the story. While I liked the main character, CJ Cameron, my favorite character was Lucky. I’ve read a lot of other Matthew Reilly books and THE GREAT ZOO OF CHINA is a bit different than his normal fare, but it has the same rip-roaring action. If you’re willing to suspend some disbelief, I think you’ll like THE GREAT ZOO OF CHINA.

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