Jurassic Park but with Dragons, that’s all i needed to know to wanna grab this book. i have never read anything by this author before but after this one I think I will be seeking out some of his other work. Also helps we have the same name and live in the same city.
What really resonated with me strongly about this book and in turn increased its appeal to me was that the impression you get when reading it is that he really did his research on this. He had a thorough and detailed explanation as to how dragons are real, where there place on the fossil record is(technically a dinosaur but closely related to crocodiles) and how they survived so long. He even linked this story with all the mythology and stories of dragons of old. This detail was what really sold me and made me think just maybe this could be true. I think the key to a strong story is that you have to believe what your reading and really feel for the characters.
The icing on the cake was it being set in china, totally believable that the Chinese would go over the top and bank roll something this audacious. It would never happen in the US. Politics and media would get wind and kill it before it started. China is such a powerhouse now, they are on the right track to overtake the US in terms of superpower status. Another aspect that sold the story and probably the most critical was the female lead. Sometimes you get a story where the lead just does things you don’t in reality think would occur. Reading the interview in the back of the book it mentions that this was the first female lead the author has had in his books. I am of the firm belief that the story dictates who the lead is and not society. Authors shouldn’t write a story with a female lead just to keep people happy as it just feels put on and you can tell they put it in there to keep people happy. But this story wouldn’t of worked with a male. They would of been pig headed and macho and would of got themselves killed doing something stupid. The female lead however took a different approach than one would assume she was level headed and analytical. This behavior made the story just that much better.
Truth be told anyone who has seen or read Jurassic Park knows exactly what is going to happen in this book, and as i turn each page i find myself thinking is it now? Eventually to my glee all hell breaks loose and we are led on a wild ride as we follow our heroes as they try and escape the park.
After reading this I really feel I need to look out for some more Aussie writers. I mean lets be honest our film industry doesnt have the money like hollywood, hence our movies arent the big block busters with special effects but books now thats a level playing field its just words on a page the only limit is their imagination