Now in mass-market—the action-packed thriller in the blockbuster and bestselling tradition of Jurassic Park from #1 internationally bestselling author Matthew Reilly!
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…
“Plenty of action....For over-the-top adventure addicts, a Reilly novel is like a new roller coaster opening at Great America. Lines form, fans swoon” (Booklist).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A fearsomely intelligent and capable heroine stands in the middle of the new novel by bestselling adventure writer Matthew Reilly. From its heart-pounding opener—which involves a psychotic Chinese militiaman and a murderous dragon—The Great Zoo of China is a fast, action-packed ride. When American reptile expert CJ Cameron is recruited to consult the Chinese founders of the world’s grandest zoo, she steps into a snake pit of malice and danger. Reilly grounds his mind-blowing plot twists in tangible, well-researched details that shed light on everything from China’s rise to global dominance to reptilian behavior.
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.
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Just read the paper book and it was worth it. Feels like you are in the pages of the book couldn’t put in down. To all fans of Matthew Reilly - His done it again
The Great Zoo of China
This is a great fast paced book. Different from the other action based stories we are seeing all the time. I couldn't put it down. What a movie it would make!
Great zoo of China
Should be in pre teen selection. Quit reading because it was so ridiculous.