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Animal Kingdom: An Apocalyptic Novel by [Wright, Iain Rob]
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Editorial Reviews


"Iain Rob Wright is sick and twisted." David Moody, author of Autumn and the Hater series 

"Iain Rob Wright scares the hell out of me." J A Konrath, author of Origins and Afraid 

"A Master of the genre." Matt Shaw, author of the Black Cover books. 

"Cuddle up to this novel and it might rip your throat out. A fun, thrilling read!" David T. Wilbanks - Co-author of Dead Earth: The Vengeance Road 

"One of the BEST horror books I have read in YEARS!" - Eric S. Brown, author of Last Stand in a Dead Land 

"Iain Rob Wright brings true excitement to the horror genre, with wholly original stories and characters to route for." - Ryan C Thomas, author of Hissers, Rating's Game, and Origin of Pain

About the Author

Iain Rob Wright is from the English town of Redditch, where he worked for many years as a mobile telephone salesman. After publishing his debut novel, THE FINAL WINTER, in 2011 to great success, he quit his job and became a full time writer. He now has over a dozen novels, and in 2013 he co-wrote a book with bestselling author, J.A.Konrath.

The three most important things in his life are his wife, his son, and his fans.

His work is currently being adapted for graphic novels, audio books, and foreign audiences. He's an active member of the Horror Writer's Association and a massive animal lover. Join his mailing list and receive five FREE books, as well as all the latest news and releases.

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  • File Size: 3452 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: SalGad Publishing Group (November 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OLBD0Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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With Animal Kingdom I got everything I was expecting and more!

It was supposed to be a special day. Since the divorce, Danny really missed his dad and had ants in his pants when he found out Joe was taking him to the zoo. Joe was just glad to have his son with him. It didn't matter what they did but he knew Danny would love the animals.

Everything is great until the reptile show starts. The handler has a giant boa constrictor wrapped around his body. While he tells the gathering crowd about the snake it suddenly begins to wrap its thick coils around his neck, constricting and crushing the man. Joe does his best to help him, but the snake is too strong and time runs out for the handler.

The crowd panics and runs in all directions, horrified by the grotesque killing. As Joe grabs Danny and rushes to get help, he notices people are screaming and running from all directions. They couldn't all have been at the exhibit. Then all of the animals start making a racket. Something bad is happening elsewhere in the zoo.

Deciding to get inside, away from whatever is occurring, Joe ducks into the new visitor's center. Most people were running for the exits, but Joe had to get Danny to safety quickly. There were several people inside, along with the zoo's curator. The curators protestations that an animal attack couldn't be happening are cut short. When Joe turns to see what he's looking at, he can't believe what he's seeing. There in the doorway are four massive lions, snarling and revealing their thick fangs, dripping with blood.

This is where the story really cranks up. The animals, for some unknown reason, have gained intelligence and have turned on mankind. From the lowly spiders to the gigantic elephants, they all want everyone dead.
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A day out at the zoo becomes a fight for survival and not just from the animals!

Joe is good man, his character is flawed and has the IRW usual aspects of heroism laced just enough with, WTF to make him believable.

Grace I found irritating, especially at the end. Bill was lovely and I think he could have played a bigger part. Shirley the necessary "nut job" was on hand at all the right moments, not enough back story on her. Mason? hmmmm a waste of space for me.

Randall and Victor - villains, and good ones but a bit too OTT, and with no extended fleshing out to them it was hard not to just find them predictable.

IRW characters are usually always full & rounded characters, with a drip feed of back stories which make you love, loathe or have a mixture of feelings about them, but I really thought that with this revamp he would/could have developed them more.

There are no corners cut on the gore! and some bits are mostly definitely written to make you squirm.

I was sad to see the goldfish story removed, as I found it highly amusing, but more epilogue stories are added to give a "nice" rounded edge to the global horror.

IRW states at the end this is a stand alone novel, but he has comments and little nods to many of his other novels.

*** SPOILER ***
I was disappointed that no reason was given just left open for readers imagination.
I was also hoping that he would comment on a sequel.
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This book made me cancel my trip to the zoo this weekend AND look at my yorkies a little bit differently..

A new outlook on why an apocalyptic event took place - no flu, no zombies, just really really annoyed animals..

The main character and his son are at the zoo during his weekend visitation. They are talking to one of the zoo keepers when the animal he is holding goes crazy and kills the keeper. While trying to get help, the Dad and son notice everyone is running around in a panic so they head to the education center to get out of the pandemonium to find someone to report the incident to. Unfortunately, some of the animals come along and start eating people. (trying not to write any spoilers here)

The story revolves around a group of strangers that took shelter in the Education building and how they are trying to survive. Turns out, it isn't just the zoo animals that are having a bad day but ALL animals, including cats and dogs, have revolted against mankind and we are now on the bottom of the food chain.

Very creative scenes of how the animals attack and your usual run of crazies that you seem to get stuck with when an apocalyptic event happens. I did like the fact that the main character wasn't some "super hero" type but just a normal Dad protecting his child.
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Joe is visiting the zoo with his son, Danny, when something goes terribly wrong. At the snake show, the snake-keeper is strangled by his python. Joe runs from the snake house with Danny only to find that snakes aren't the only thing going amuck. Joe goes into a visitor's center & research facility along with other fleeing visitors. Joe notifies the only staff member he sees, Mason, but before they can make any plans, four lions appear and start killing people. Strangely though, they aren't killing for food, they're just killing.

A news clip reveals to them that this isn't an isolated event; all over the world, animals have turned on humans, killing indiscriminately. And it's not just zoo animals, it's every type of animal. Bugs, rodents, housepets, and wild animals.

Those who survive the lion massacre are Joe, Danny, Grace, Mason, Randall, Bill, Shirley, & Victor. They barricade themselves in the employees' area. Randall is a businessman who immediately threatens to sue the zoo and bellyaches about missing a Very Important Meeting. Victor is a rough Scotsman who is revealed to be a racist homophobe, which is a problem because Bill is black and gay. Shirley is a religious person who declares the bizarre attacks to be God's punishment on sinners. Grace is a young woman who'd been at the zoo for an interview.

While the premise was interesting, I hated the one-dimensional characters who populate the book. The three creeps are all portrayed as narrow-minded bigots who immediately want to take advantage of the situation to do what they've always wanted to do: stab things, seize power, & preach their beliefs to a captive audience. The good guys are all open-minded and noble.
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