The Chinese are building a big zoo full of dragons. The dragons become free due to an unexpected situation (**Read Jurassic Park**). Will our protagonist save the day?
Matthew Reilly is known for writing fast-paced action novels and this one is no different. I finished the book in half a day.
However, there are resurging hitches that the author is yet to address in his books.The problem is that in successive novels – the author – has lost a lot of believability in action scenes, and relies on age-old decadent cliches which in my opinion rivals pulp fiction.
We expect action to keep the pace moving, but here is action for action’s sake. Repeatedly throwing away one obstacle after another seems to be the author’s mantra. Cliches such as the protagonist being a better shot than actual Chinese commandos, a little girl present (of course to be rescued), the good dragon (it’s so affectionate, it rival’s a dog; it’s a reptile for god’s sake). There is the heroine who thinks logically through the situation, but without much forethought jumps in front of mountain-sized, fire-spewing dragons to rescue little girls and oppressed friendly dragons.
There are no twists or unpredicted moments anywhere in the book. Non-existent. The villains are cardboard characters who are so plain and dumb, you wonder at their personality contrast against the intelligent people who have been resourceful in keeping a secret for 40 years, ability to create and form landscapes at will, and who have state of the art technology in able to speak and train the dragons.
It’s such a pity when the dragons who shrug off bullets from automatic rifles feel pain when being kicked by the human foot of our very own Protagonist. There are similarly other things in the book which don’t add up.
If you want to read a fast-paced book where you don’t mind the flimsy plot resting on the anchor of incredulity, read it. Otherwise, skip it.