An "appealing debut thriller... Those with an interest in animal rights will be particularly enthralled." -- Publishers Weekly
"This is a strong bet for thriller fans." --Library Journal"[T]he novel starts strong and never lets up. Author J.E. Fishman has an excellent sense of pacing, and while the expected genre conventions are met, Primacy feels fresh and often unexpected..." --Sciencethrillers.com"[S]tarts fast and never lets go. ...it reads fresh and exciting. Mr. Fishman's pacing is flawless and the narrative superbly entertaining. The writing style is intelligent and the action sequences are beautifully executed." --Man of la Book blog
"a magnificent job"..."This debut novel is a marriage of medical thriller, along the lines of Robin Cook, to fear on a scale you have never experienced, as typically brought to readers by Michael Crichton." --Suspense Magazine
''Fishman is a deft, fluent writer who's great at turning out intricate action scenes, and he gives us appealing characters--even the chimp grows on you--to boot. A hokey but entertaining thriller that's more fun than a barrel of overgrown monkeys.'' --Kirkus Reviews
''The brilliant part about Primacy isn't how fast-paced or quick-witted or tightly plotted it is--though all that kept me turning the pages--but how, beneath all the ape fur, beats a real human heart. You'll read J.E. Fishman for the action, but you'll remember him for the soul.''
--Shya Scanlon, author of Forecast
''Primacy propels the reader across continents, oceans, and into the human heart on an electrifying search for answers to life's most fundamental questions.''
--Richard Cox, author of The God Particle and Rift
''J.E. Fishman's writing is compelling and intelligent and loaded with all of the things that keep a reader in his seat - visceral action, razor-sharp dialog and meaningful stakes.''
--Brad Listi, author of Attention. Deficit. Disorder and founder of The Nervous Breakdown
''Primacy earns J.E. Fishman entry into the ranks of established thriller-writers. Primacy mines the philosophical and comes up with a gem in the same vein as The Day of the Dolphin. Although it was written to entertain, and does so admirably, it also calls us to quiet contemplation of our concept of, and relationship with, the 'lesser beings' known as animals that share our world.''
--Paul Clayton, author of Calling Crow and White Seed
''J.E. Fishman has written a provocative, pedal-to-the-metal thriller with hairpin plot twists and complex characters grappling with tough questions about our species' place in the increasingly unbalanced natural order. It's a smart book. Just as important, it brims with what some Africans might call bolingo.''
--Bob Sipchen, Editor-in-Chief of Sierra magazine and winner of the Pulitzer Prize
''A great thriller has to be intelligent - your head must race to keep pace with your terrified heart. A great thriller must take you deep into an exotic locale you knew nothing of, and turn you into an expert on the landscape. Primacy is a great thriller.''
--John Hubner, author of Somebody Else's Children and Monkey on a Stick
''This book should come with a medical warning. I nearly burned my fingers turning the pages. And it'll almost break your heart.''
--Greg Olear, author of Totally Killer
''A meditation on the institutional cruelty of animal testing that lurks within the bones of a stirring thriller, Primacy deftly juggles serious themes while taking readers on a daring ride into the heart of darkness. Hang onto the rollbar!''
--Sean Beaudoin, author of You Killed Wesley Payne
From the Author
I'm proud to announce that Primacy has received Honorable Mention in the 2012 Commercial Fiction category of the Eric Hoffer Award for Books.
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From the U.S. Review of Books, associated with the Hoffer Awards:
"With terrific chracters, especially the bononbo, this story leaps into action....This is clever and intelligently written, but first and foremost a highly entertaining and visual read."