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The Great Zoo of China  - Matthew Reilly

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'For action fans, I can't recommend The Great Zoo of China enough...' - Andrew Cattanach, Booktopia.

Book Description

GET READY FOR ACTION ON A GIGANTIC SCALE

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...

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The Great Zoo of China
 
4.2

(based on 37 reviews)

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81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Page turner (27)
  • Well written (27)
  • Engaging characters (20)
  • Suspenseful (20)
  • Deserves multiple readings (18)

Cons

  • Not the author's best (8)
  • Disappointing (6)
  • Not what I expected (4)

Best Uses

  • Gift (23)
  • Younger readers (15)
  • Travel reading (14)
  • Older readers (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Everyday reader (15), Bookworm (14), Casual reader (3), Rarely read (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Reilly

I'm a massive Reilly fan and read everything he writes no matter who the intended audience. A signed copy is pretty cool.
This book has some great characters,and I'm particularly pleased the...Read complete review

I'm a massive Reilly fan and read everything he writes no matter who the intended audience. A signed copy is pretty cool.
This book has some great characters,and I'm particularly pleased the hero is a woman - a new one, not one of our Reilly regulars.
The concept of the story is really great and once again fast paced although perhaps not to the standard of previous books.
I enjoyed the geopolitical background to this story, quite like Scarecrow's last; it has a lot of validity in today's world even though there are lots of fantasy elements.
Even the fantasy is relatively credible and Reilly has crafted this story extremely well.
I loved The Tournament as being very different from all previous Reilly novels (but with same action flavour)and I am already looking forward to whatever comes next...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Coming soon to a cinema near you

WARNING - DO NOT WATCH THE UPCOMING JURASSIC WORLD MOVIE TRAILER BEFORE READING! As upon watching the trailer you must wonder if The Great Zoo Of China is the quickest film adaption of a...Read complete review

WARNING - DO NOT WATCH THE UPCOMING JURASSIC WORLD MOVIE TRAILER BEFORE READING! As upon watching the trailer you must wonder if The Great Zoo Of China is the quickest film adaption of a book in history. A great deal of the plot is so eerily similar to the upcoming movie that one must struggle to believe that this is entirely coincidental. This is especially significant considering Reilly mentions his difficulties to alternating from Jurassic Park connections in his end of book interview.

As a massive Matthew Reilly fan I was very much disappointed with the book. Many of the themes such as wild and angry attacking beasts, met with detailed mapped locations, he has done extensively before with Ice Station and Temple. His continued use of obvious plot "set ups" is also a bit amateurish for an author who has now written twelve novels. On the positive side, the addition of a female lead action hero is a welcomed inclusion after all his previous novels had been men.

Probably most infuriating of all is that the dragons of this book do not breathe fire, thereby removing considerable excitement whilst inviting further comparisons to Steven Spielberg's work.

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5.0

One of Reilly's greatest books

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from Nowra

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
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    • Younger Readers

    Comments about The Great Zoo of China:

    Absolutely loved the fast paced Jurassic park style Reilly has done. I love all of his books, and this is one of my favorites.

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    3.0

    Interesting

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    from Gympie

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    Pros

    • Suspenseful
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Disappointing
    • Not the Author's Best

    Best Uses

    • Younger Readers

    Comments about The Great Zoo of China:

    I enjoyed the book up till when CJ was escaping from bad situations at that point i had to put it down as impossible.
    The book is well written but a bit to much over exaggeration at the last few chapters

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    4.0

    Another great Reilly Novel

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    from Sydney

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Page Turner
    • Suspenseful
    • Well Written

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      • Gift
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      Comments about The Great Zoo of China:

      This is a typical Reilly novel - good entertainment. Perfect to chew through quickly.
      I bought this for my boyfriend and ended up reading it first - couldn't put it down after the first page.

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      5.0

      Another excellent book by Matthew

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      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Engaging Characters
      • Page Turner
      • Suspenseful
      • Well Written

      Cons

      • All Pro's Only

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      Comments about The Great Zoo of China:

      Another very good book from Matthew when the next one's out waiting G...

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      4.0

      well done

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      from canberra

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          Comments about The Great Zoo of China:

          one of his best

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          3.0

          Matthew Reilly has left the building.

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          from Sydney, AUSTRALIA

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          Cons

          • Disappointing
          • Not the Author's Best

          Best Uses

          • Doorstop
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          Comments about The Great Zoo of China:

          For those of you who are new, or relatively new, to the world of Matt Reilly, this will be a fun and fast paced book.

          But for those of us who have been reading his works since about the time Ice Station came out, you'll be constantly waiting for him to take off the training wheels and get the story moving. For us it's a constant stop/start/stop again story, like a speedster with an empty petrol tank. And the driver can only ever put a thimble of fuel in at any one time.

          They say an author is as only as good as his last book. So the question is: Does this signal the end of fast action books from Matthew Reilly, or is it just a temporary lapse in judgment?

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          4.0

          Good holiday read

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          from Nagambie Australia

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            Comments about The Great Zoo of China:

            Good read

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            4.0

            Very fast action packed read

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            from Mildura Australia

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              Comments about The Great Zoo of China:

              An action packed story that was hard to put down.

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              5.0

              Jurassic Park with DRAGONS

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              from Forster

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                • Travel Reading

                Comments about The Great Zoo of China:

                Such a fantastic read. From the opening pages I was hooked and had a great Jurassic park feel to it. Lots of action and great descriptions of the dragons and I really believeable element to them. Great book

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                4.0

                Unmistakably Reilly

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                from Radelaide, AU

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                • Page Turner
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                  • Travel Reading
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                  Comments about The Great Zoo of China:

                  You know what to expect when you sit down to read a Matthew Reilly book when you've read all of his previous works. Fast action scenes, and some cringe worthy dialogue. The Great Zoo of China does not fail to deliver on either front. I was a little worried about the premise and it's similarities to Jurassic Park, but it is really a vastly different story. You are pounded over the head with the sledgehammer of foreshadowing in the opening quarter of the book, but that doesn't mean there isn't still room for a few Reillyesque twists, along with the mandatory wall to wall action.

                  If you're the type of person who reads Matthew Reilly though, you probably bought this as soon as it was released and hardly need to read a review. If you're not, push past the corny lines and enjoy action storytelling at its finest.

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                  Matthew Reilly

                  Born July 2nd, 1974, Matthew Reilly is the international bestselling author of nine novels, Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, Hover Car Racer and Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones and The Five Greatest Warriors.

                  Published in over 20 countries and known for their highly visual style, fast pace and large-scale action scenes, over 3.5 million copies of his books have been sold around the world, more than a million copies apiece between Australia, the UK and the USA.

                  Some of his works have been optioned by film studios for series or feature production, and he continues to create works of fiction across all major media platforms, from short stories, through to novellas and screenplays.

                  Matthew’s novels have also - unexpectedly - become a major tool in the fight to get teenagers into reading. While written for a mature readership, Matthew’s novels have become very popular with reluctant male readers. This may stem from Matthew's own childhood experience, citing his dislike for set reading projects in high-school as his main inspiration to 'do it better'.

                  He wrote and self-published Contest in 1996 while just 19, deliberately aiming to have his book noticed by publishers who talent-scout at bookstores. His dedication paid off, and was discovered by Pan Macmillan's then commissioning editor Cate Paterson. His first industry-produced novel, Ice Station, proved so monumentally popular, that it had to be reprinted six times in its first two years.

                  The continued success of his novels has been attributed to not only the accessible, 'storyteller' style of writing, but also the highly charged and kinetic action sequences that take place throughout his works, deliberately making use of his 'unlimited budget' of imagination to create scenes 'too big for Hollywood'.

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                  ISBN: 9781743517017
                  ISBN-10: 1743517017
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Hardcover
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 544
                  Published: 10th November 2014
                  Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
                  Country of Publication: AU
                  Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 15.8  x 4.7
                  Weight (kg): 0.83