The Great Zoo of China by Matthew ReillyThe Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

The Great Zoo of China

byMatthew Reilly

Mass Market Paperback | August 25, 2015

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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).
Matthew Reilly was born in Sydney, Australia on July 2, 1974. He graduated from St. Aloysius' College and studied law at the University of New South Wales. He writes the Hover Car Racer series and the Jack West Junior series. His other works include Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, and Hell Island.
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Title:The Great Zoo of ChinaFormat:Mass Market PaperbackProduct dimensions:464 pages, 7.5 × 4.12 × 1 inShipping dimensions:7.5 × 4.12 × 1 inPublished:August 25, 2015Publisher:PBLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1476749574

ISBN - 13:9781476749570

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Its a thriller thats for sure, it really isn't 100% original but its a great ride and matthew reilly is a great writer thats for sure !
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, not great Fast paced read. Action packed and non-stop. I take points off for originality. It is the same storyline as Jurassic World. Create dinosaurs....the dinosaur rips out its tracker (or in this case, the device that makes it keep its distance from humans and structures).....they learn........she gets help from another set of dinosaurs (just as in the movie)...... blah blah blah.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cool a very entertaining and interesting book
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fast paced thriller My mom gave this to me for Christmas. Took me a while to get around to it, but then I ripped through it pretty quick! It's an entertaining read and keeps you on the edge of your seat, but I wouldn't say it's mind blowing or phenomenal. The writing style was good though, and I did enjoy the read. Don't expect to be mind blown, but it's still a good read.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from COOL Absolutely wonderful, so full of life...
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, fast paced thriller, with a good story.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great awesome price. entertaining to read
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Perfect for lovers of Jurassic Park. Wonderful.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from O.k. I thought the same as one of the other reviewers;that this is a rehash of Jurassic Park. There was nothing new in this novel but it's a fun read anyway.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A great story to read, truly entertaining!
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gory Monster tale This was a good summer monster novel. The kind you read to get away from reality and give you the occasional scare. And that is exactly what I got while reading it at the beach. But it wasn't without its problems. The plot was pretty simple. Dragons are discovered, put in a zoo, dragons want out, eat people to do so, heroine stops them. And there it is. No surprises or twists worth mentioning. In fact, on the contrary, the book recycled the same kind of ideas over and over. The group of survivors make their way from one building to another and in each new edifice they are, surprise, attacked by more dragons. On top of that, it seemed like the dragons were always just a second away from killing the main cast when, BLAM, something out of the blue would happen or the dragons changed their mode of approach. For instance, in one scene three people are on a boat crossing a dragon infested swamp. They launch several boats at once hoping to confuse their attackers. The first decoy boat goes down in an explosion of water and claws, the second boat the same, but when the dragons attack the third boat with the people on board, there is no sudden explosive hit, but instead the dragon grabs hold of the stern of the boat and inches up over the side before grabbing a hapless human. Needless to say, it allows (most of) the people to escape by giving them time to figure out what to do next. And this seemed to happen over and over again in the book. Oh well, what was I expecting. Oh yeah, a fast paced, gory, monster filled read. And I got it.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me.... What a great concept!.....what a disappointment. After the 1oth "miraculous" CJ escape from death from dragons, crocs and Chinese troops (sometmes all three at once) I began to cheer for the dragons to put me out of my misery and bite CJ's head off
Date published: 2015-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright. This story was very similar to the Jurassic Park series, nothing new or original. Fine, they used dragons, which is quite awesome, but I was still left disappointed.
Date published: 2015-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Great Zoo of China Once again Mr. Reilly delivers. This is a fantastic read in the same class as all of his other books. A Will reread this again and again. I am always fascinated with how an author can put together so many diverse ideas. Read this you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2015-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Once you start - you'll not be able to stop This is a great thriller. If you're looking to escape on an exciting ride, read this book. Action is non stop right up to the end. A believeable story, similar to Jurassic Park, with dragons. Well written. Good ending. I especially appreciated all the drawings of the areas of the zoo, that helped me track the story.
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOTS OF ACTION! Dr. Cassandra J. Cameron, a reptile expert working on behalf of National Geographic, and her brother Hamish, a photographer, are on a special VIP trip to China. About to be revealed was a secret the Chinese have kept for the better part of forty years. At first glance it doesn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary – just another zoo – granted, an amazing facility but would one expect anything less from the Chinese? The book begins with an excerpt from a book titled “China and the World” by Adam Fisher, fictional as well (I’m fairly certain – I checked). From that excerpt … “China desperately wants to be Number One, the pre-eminent nation on Earth. In the Communist Party this passionate desire even has a name: “The China Dream”. But to achieve that dream, China must seize the position currently occupied by the United States of America, and to do that it must first match America’s 20th century achievements … … And then – then – to truly replace America as the world’s most dominant nation, it must do something more difficult. China must replace the United States as the cultural ruler of the planet. … … What, I ask you, apart from the panda bear and a very long wall, is singularly and uniquely Chinese? And here lies China’s biggest problem in the 21st century. … Where is China’s Ford? Where is its Coca-Cola? Where, I ask you, is China’s Disneyland?” National Geographic – “(American zoos) are visited each year by more than a hundred million people, a number that exceeds the combined attendance of all big league baseball, football and basketball games.” And that is the point at which this book begins. China has built the greatest zoo in the world. Why is it the greatest? Because it was built to house only one kind of animal attraction – Dragons! The group are taken via monorail through the zoo and even introduced, up close and personal, to some dragons that have been trained. Constantly, our group of VIP’s is assured that the zoo is entirely safe <snicker, snicker> of course it is! Needless to say, chaos soon ensues. No doubt as you are reading this review you must be thinking, as I did when I read the book’s flyleaf, “ah geez, another Jurassic Park re-do”. I can’t mislead you here … it is. But I will give Mr. Reilly a hall pass on that because he not only freely admits (in the Q&A at the end of the book) that Mr. Chrichton’s Jurassic Park is one of his favourite books. Even his characters draw a humorous comparison in their dialogue. I prefer to look at it as homage to Jurassic Park. There are some similarities, but Mr. Reilly takes the premise and runs amok with it. He combines some dragon myths and legends with some science and concocts a palatable explanation of how, why, when and where the dragons were discovered. Mr. Reilly has been a guilty pleasure of mine since I read his “Seven Deadly Wonders” series. He is the master of over-the-top page turning action thrillers and this latest book is no exception. I started it on Saturday evening and finished it on Sunday afternoon. I would have finished it sooner but had some pesky interruptions such as needing to sleep. There is a quote used in the book that reads, “Fairytales cleanse and sanitize what were once true stories … if dragons were real, then in all likelihood they were not graceful, high-chested, noble creatures; rather they would have been dirty, ugly, reptilian and mean.” Mr. Reilly’s dragons, with a few exceptions, were all that plus cunning, smart, strong and relentless. Mr. Reilly loves “big scale action” and this book is nothing if not the epitome of that. If you like big scale action then this is a must read.
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cool idea, but... The novel is based on a great idea, but while the action was furious and non-stop, I found it just got less and less believable as the daring escapes just kept happening.
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This book is really interesting. Everyone would really love to read this i mean re-read. A lot of things to be discovered in this book.
Date published: 2015-01-30