Thursday, 25 August 2016

When The Jaguar Sleeps - J.A. Kalis

When The Jaguar Sleeps
J.A. Kalis

A gripping, fast-paced thriller that takes the reader into the mysterious verdant world of the Amazon jungle.

Ecuador. What was supposed to be a dream holiday turned into a nightmare for a group of foreign tourists when their plane crashed in the Amazon rainforest. Having waited in vain for a couple of days for help to arrive, the survivors of the crash decided to set off on a daring journey determined to get out of the jungle alive. But while pushing on, unaware, they entered a territory inhabited by isolated Indian tribes hostile to outsiders. A territory where probably the fabulous treasures destined for the last Inca emperor Atahualpa’s ransom, had been hidden. As it soon turned out their nightmare was just beginning. Will they ever get out of the jungle alive?

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When The Jaguar Sleeps is one of the very few books I've read that I honest-to-goodness kept thinking, "This story would make an incredible movie." Written in the type of vivid detail that will draw a reader right into the remote, dense, and dangerous rainforest, it's impossible not to get lost yourself in the story.

The book moves at a fast pace, driven by conflict and a tightly written plot—exceptionally well done for a debut offering. We follow our group of survivors after a plane crash turns a luxury, all-inclusive vacation into an Indiana Jones-scale nightmare. The one person most equipped and most likely to get them out unscathed [their tour guide] dies in the crash. Unfortunately for this rag-tag crew, survival in the jungle means more than just getting out amidst the usual dangers [starvation, injury, death by creepy-crawlies, etc]. As the action rolls on, the jungle offers up natives, tomb robbers, and treasure, the combination of all resulting in the plucking off of characters, one by one. And it's done with just the right balance of realism and reverie.

The conclusion leaves room for a sequel, although stand-alone readers won't be left in the lurch. That said, I look forward to reading what's next in what appears to be an excellent series.


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which this certainly is.

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