- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing Ltd (July 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1909841072
- ISBN-13: 978-1909841079
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Teneriffe is described in exquisite detail by author Nik Morton from its rugged, majestic volcanic mountains to its lush pine forests, valleys, and quaint towns. It seems like almost the perfect holiday resort. But all is not beauty on this “Island of Eternal Spring.” Lurking beneath the apparently peaceful environment are the heinous activities of an organization dealing in capturing endangered species to be used for everything from carving ivory figures to manufacturing supposedly legendary aphrodisiacs. The organization is run by the mysterious “El Jefe.”
Thrown unsuspectedly into this environment is Laura Reid who is hired to tutor Mario and Ricardo Chavez, the twin children of Spanish widower and plantation owner Don Alonso.
Complications arrive quickly as a mutual attraction develops between Don Alonso’s brother, Felipe, and Laura. At the same time, Laura encounters Andrew Kirby who works for CITES tracking down illegal traders in endangered species. While Andrew seems smitten romantically by Laura, she hesitates getting involved with him. The conflict increases as we discover Felipe has a hostile relationship with Andrew based on past experiences and that Felipe is also involved sexually with the unscrupulous Lola, a jealous lover and master manipulator of men.
There is danger and excitement throughout the fast-paced Blood of the Dragon Tree. Mr. Morton’s skillful descriptions of the environment put the reader there, and his careful delineation and development of the characters lead to a thoroughly enjoyable read. There is romance, action, and danger as the novel carries the reader through more twists and turns than a roller-coaster. The reader journeys with Andres, Laura, and others as the thieves, murderers, and kidnappers are hunted down. Morton drops clues for the perceptive reader along the way as to the identity of the mysterious “El Jefe” making Blood of the Dragon Tree a delightful, enriching, informative puzzle wrapped in mystery and intrigue.
I recommend Blood of the Dragon Tree highly. Nik Morton’s experiences and his writing put the reader in the novel and I felt like I had physically and emotionally traveled hand in hand with the characters through their arduous ordeals.
Kudos for a job well done!
The novel follows the story of Laura Reid, who has come to Tenerife to teach the children of widower and plantation owner, Don Alonso, but gradually (against her better judgement) gets involved with Andrew Kirby and Jalbala Emcheta, who work for CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna). They are on the hunt for illegal traders in endangered species. The criminal gang, run by the mysterious El Jefe, are not just trading animal parts, but also human beings in a people trafficking ring.
Complications arise as Laura develops feeling for Don Alonso's brother, Felipe, whose past relationship with Andrew is based on distrust.
The action is fast paced and the romantic elements don't slow this down, rather they add another layer to the intrigue. For those who like to try to guess who the bad people are while reading (like me) there are plenty of artfully placed clues and misdirection, which only become obvious towards the end of the novel.
The crimes are appalling, the characters well drawn and credible, and the settings superb. What more can I add, except this: go and buy a copy. You won't regret it.
Set on the idyllic holiday island of Tenerife, the novel exposes how illegal traders in endangered species and also human trafficking, thrive on making a massive fortune from their disgusting activities there.
Who would ever think, least of all the heroine, Laura Reid, when she takes up her attractive post teaching the young twins, Maria and Ricardo Chavez, that these unthinkable goings-on actually exists on the lovely Canary Islands? Or that she would unsuspectingly become involved with such atrocities when she meets Andrew Kirby and his pal Jalbala. But then as the story begins to unfold it soon becomes evident that logistically in many ways these islands are ideally located for it.
Nik Morton has woven a masterfully written fictional story based on these appalling facts - a thriller and romance rolled into one that draws you in with plenty of suspense and fast paced action. Each chapter ends with a hook leading you eagerly on to the next. The characters and all the location settings on the island are colourfully realised.
The author, who clearly knows Tenerife well, gets it absolutely right. Not once did I feel that all the research that must have gone into writing such an emotive and gripping thriller becomes too obvious.
I congratulate Nik Morton on this gripping page turner, which culminates in a very exciting and satisfying ending. Highly recommended.
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Blood of the Dragon Trees was a fast paced novel with plenty of danger and lots of action.Read more
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