It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for 40 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...
Get ready for action on a gigantic scale!
©2014 Matthew Reilly (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Matthew Reilly novels should come with health warnings on the cover ... the non- stop life-threatening action ... is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a wild ride." (The Daily Telegraph)
Journalist and author of true crime, reader, mum. Aspiring to write a crime/thriller fiction.
I absolutely loved The Great Zoo of China. Matthew Reilly's descriptions are vivid and out of this world! I was gripped throughout and absolutely love the lead character Dr CJ Cameron. The narration of this book was really enjoyable.
I enjoyed the premise of this book and the first few chapters hooked me, but as soon as the action begins, it quickly becomes a series of alternating last minute saves by either a dragon (if being attacked by the Chinese) or the Chinese (if being attacked by a dragon). I can take one or two of these scenarios playing out in an action story, but it happens over and over again and gets so predictable it becomes tedious.
The only other book I've read of Matthew Reilly is Ice Station, which was fantastic, but like another reviewer mentioned, a lot of his ideas are recycled here. Swap out the ice station for a zoo, killer whales for dragons, corrupt american military for Chinese security, putting an injured marine in a service chute to be rescued later for putting in injured CIA agent into a service chute to be rescued later, and a friendly helpful seal for a friendly helpful dragon. Oh and the obligatory child that needs saving, of course.
Okay to switch your brain off for, but beware if you've already read some of the authors other work.
What a great idea for a story and so captivating I was taken from start to end. I think this is Reilly's best yet but thats a big call.
love the Reilly/Mangan combo keep it up guys.
The Great Zoo of China is the typical Matthew Reilly Book. Is that a bad thing? No, not really, he has a style and hes good at it. If you want a book that's action from the start to finish this is it. Sure some some of his plot lines and action sequences are a bit farfetched but that's the thrill of it. This book has very close lines with Jurassic Park the movie so if that is your kind of thing sit down, strap yourself in and get ready for this epic action novel.
From the first page to the last, there is action. It is an easy read and although frequently pushing the boundaries of belief, is the audible version of a page turner. Great to have a strong female character in the lead role, clever, resourceful and outwitting predators and adversaries. The similarities to Jurassic Park are obvious, with different personalities and their political ambitions and equally scary creatures.
Matthew has done it again! What a fast paced book I was not expecting what the story was about (no spoilers) I love Sean Mangan's narration of his books he does them so well.
What a roller coaster of a ride and a new heroine to boot.
This is the first book I have read from this author, it will not be the last. There is action from go to whoa, I just had to keep listening. From page one I was hooked, and listened far into the night. the action is wild and the timing well done, at times I found myself holding my breath. I noticed that This Narrator is used for all Mathew Reilly's books, which can only make them better, if that is possible. So if you like action and suspense, this is going to be the book to read,.I have since downloaded two more of his books, which I will review when I read them, so go onto the site and start downloading folks.
"Too level headed."
The narrator gave such an even keeled performance throughout this book that I think I missed most of the action scenes! I usually really enjoy Matthew Reilly, and I this time I may have to read the paper edition myself to give the book the emphasis it deserves.
"Tiresome repetition of "suddenly," "just as""
Apart from the blatant lifting of story lines from Crichton's novels, I found the never-ending cliffhangers very tiresome. Reilly used the overly dramatic transitions too liberally. The overall effect was to make me feel exhausted just listening to it. In addition, this novel - minus the odd "motherf***er" and descriptive violence - was more suited to a younger audience.
The lack of originality and over-dependence on cliffhangers made Zoo less memorable for me. I've enjoyed all of his other work.
Mangan has a beautiful reading style, but even he couldn't bring life to the trite characterizations. None were appealing to me.
Market this to a younger audience with some editing.
"Mathews Bull farm is doing well"
A believable story line and some credible characters
Going by this story, anything but a Matthew Reilly novel
Yes...he provided a workman like performance for someone who didn't write the story
All of them...an unbelievable story set in an unbelievable location populated by unbelievable characters
Bull is doing well....along with the tomatoe and vegetable patch it services
"Mathew has done it again"
A Action packed listen/book. Easy read and to follow. I enjoy he's work and would recommend this to any one.
All his work is captivating, fast and extremely entertaining. I'd love to see these all as movies, in the meantime I'm happy and always looking forward to the next one..
"Non Stop Action"
I had my reservations and was wary about the comparisons to Jurassic Park.
I enjoyed the story, non-stop action from start to finish which is to be expected when picking up a Matthew Reilly book.
"Fast, action, dragons."
The Great Zoo of China is fast, action packed and full of dragons. Big scary dragons that eat people. The storyline is not too good, but the book is an easy fun read. Sean Mangan does a reasonable job with the narration. Probably not Matthew Reilly's best work but enjoyable anyway. Definitely not a fantastic dragon tale for children though.
"Ridiculous but fun!"
If possible, this novel has bigger action sequences than any of Reilly's previous novels. The links to 'Jurassic Park' are obvious (Reilly himself admits that comparisons were inevitable in the interview at the end of the audiobook). However, these links do not detract from the novel. Rather, they add to the enjoyment because it's fun to see how Reilly adapted a tale about dinosaurs to one about dragons.
Perhaps the moment at which the master dragons are freed and then burn some of the other masters. A real sense of rivalry and deadliness between the different dragons.
I've listened to lots of Matthew Reilly's books narrated by Mr Mangan and I have to say that he does a superb job of narrating action sequences at just the right pace and intensity.
I loved the moment when CJ discovered that the dragons could speak and that she could communicate with some of them. It was wonderful to see how her relationship developed with the friendly dragon.
I know some readers may well be put off by the sheer apparent silliness of the story. I initially felt that way, too. However, give the story a fair chance and you'll be hooked.
"Racy and un-putdownable"
Classuc matthew Reilly, almost carried on reading through the night.
CJ, real problem solver.
I felt he could have been just that little bit sharper. But then I used to be a very fast reder.
Startling, staggering but what an opportuniy. I look forward to the sequel/
"Action from start to finish"
Yes... a great story and a brillaint adventure
the action from start to finish
the escaping from the dragons and helping stopping the dragons escaping
a rollor coaster of ride, from the depths of dispar to the hights of love between two people
a brillant book by Mathew Reilly cannot wait to read the new CJ book
"Easy listen fast paced action "
if you love the ridiculousness of Indians Jones combined with the action of James Bond, then I would definitely recommend this book. Nothing too deep, but a fast paved plot with l twists to keep it exciting.
"Good performance of a very tall tale"
I like Sean Mangan's reading of this book. Be prepared for the story to be incredibly unrealistic though!
"Another fantastic Matrhew adventure"
This is a fast moving, can't put it down adventure. It's about dragons who are totally believable.
"Not really my sort of listen but riveting"
This is a thriller, a very successful thriller, but not my usual type of book. The whole concept of a huge zoo, in a man made landscape, with mythical creatures brought to life from thousands of years ago, is convincingly developed. Yes, it's reminiscent of 'Jurassic Park', but more ambitious, bigger in vision, with a serious comment on China's amazing growth and appetite, and grounded in detail. I think it would make a striking film, or maybe even better, radio play. The descriptions are well done and while only the character of the main protagonist is explored and given a back story, the others are brought to life by the excellent narration. Yes, it's all hokum, but the plotting, detail and imagination of the author make us suspend disbelief and sit back and enjoy the ride.
The parts that grabbed me most were not the amazing escapes but the accounts of animal biology and psychology... It was fascinating to have a glimpse into the workings of a major predator's way of seeing. I shall certainly listen to it again.
If you like the authors other works you will love this, fast pace, action, imaginative. A dig rent feel to the 2 other series a bit not like contest but love how different it is.
Took me to another world for a bit so I'm happy :)
"Like Jurassic Park But 100 Times Better!!"
Great story, great hero, another classic book by Matthew Reilly.
If you've never listened / read any of his books try this one you won't be disappointed at all
Matthew Reilly back on form. None stop action from beginning to end. When I started reading this I couldn't put it down.
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