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The Ape: Dracula of the Apes Book 2 (Volume 2) Paperback – May 11, 2015
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About the Author
G. WELLS TAYLOR was born in Oakville, Ontario, Canada in 1962, but spent most of his early life north of there in Owen Sound where he went on to study Design Arts at a local college. He later traveled to North Bay, Ontario to complete Canadore College’s Journalism program before receiving a degree in English from Nipissing University. Taylor worked as a freelance writer for small market newspapers and later wrote, designed and edited for several Canadian niche magazines. He joined the digital publishing revolution early with an eBook version of his first novel When Graveyards Yawn that has been available online since 2000. Taylor published and edited the Wildclown Chronicle e-zine from 2001-2003 that showcased his novels, book trailer animations and illustrations, short story writing and book reviews alongside titles from other up-and-coming horror, fantasy and science fiction writers. Still based in Canada, Taylor continues with his publishing plans that include additions to the Wildclown Mysteries and sequels to the popular Variant Effect series.
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This book avoids the "sophomore" curse of so many trilogies. It is not merely a "bridge" book but a novel that gives us conflict and emotion and action and suspense and genuine pathos at times.
The characters are well-crafted, which isn't surprising. One of Taylor's strengths as a writer is his strong characterization. (His BENT STEEPLE, a modern-day vampire tale, has one character who will stop your heart.) This book is even better than the initial book,
When Omag makes his first move in a power-play aimed at taking control of Goro’s tribe, the result is shocking—horrifying—even, and events are set in motion for the second stage of this splendidly reimagined mashup of Dracula and Tarzan.
One of the disappointing things about trilogies—or series in general—is that often the “middle books” feel like placeholders; as if the writers really didn’t have quite enough story to flesh out a volume so s/he padded it ibn order to justify divvying up a novel.
That is definitely NOT the case here. If anything, this follow-up to the first Dracula of the Apes installment (“The Urn”) is stronger, more emotional, and generally … deeper…than the first book. And the first book was a fine piece of writing.
Omag is a fantastic villain and as the events of the book unfold, we see just how twisted his mind is, just how horrendous his ambitions, just how boundless his cruelty is. Author Taylor has clearly done his research, and he’s woven bits of anthropology, zoology, and history into the story, creating a seamless tapestry that mimics 19th/early 20th century literature in a way that’s totally accessible to modern readers.
It’s tricky anthropomorphizing animals, and much of this book is told from the point of view of various ape characters. Taylor has made it work and work in a way that’s not just satisfying, but memorable.
This is a sequel that surpasses the original and leaves a reader looking forward to the conclusion.