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About the Author
- ASIN : B01NBM4MU8
- Publication Date : December 23, 2016
- File Size : 3739 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 438 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,526 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you are a young male reader, this is not the book for you. If you are interested in a story of prolonged, tortured romantic angst, then give it a whirl. I'm not qualified to give it a learned review on those terms.
The story started out just a bit slowly, almost wanting to become erotica, but didn't thank God. The premise was strong, doable, believeable, even. Unfortunately, after the main event, the triumph of the main characters, the book rapidly devolved into a weak reflection of an old-fashioned Japanese dinosaur terror movie. Ugh, it was.awful. I could almost hear the screeching of the mechanic monster as it lumbered across the screen, to continue its reign of terror over...where? Where else? Tokyo, of course!
Spare me the gory details, please. Two stars, just to be polite.
As the work continued, Kam thought about the asexual reproduction that a Komodo dragon is capable of; so they again prepared the egg and implanted it in a female Komodo. The egg implanted and grew – developing faster than expected. Within a month, the eggs were about to hatch. A news conference was called to watch the ground-breaking event. As Jack checked the eggs one last time with a stethoscope, there was no longer any sound of life in any of the eggs! They injected the eggs with an epi-pen to resuscitate them, but nothing happened. As Jack and a reporter were arguing about the failure, there was a sudden loud CRACK from one of the eggs! What will this mean for the project? For the whole world? Did a dragon actually survive?
Beautifully filled with vivid description, the author brings the reader right into the story. You feel like you are right there with the characters, sharing whatever activity is going on. The characters, too, are developed in such a way that the reader feels like an old friend, knowing their thoughts and aspirations. I have never felt more comfortable in a book as I did in this one. The dialog was witty and humorous. Interspersed in the developing relationship between Jack and Kam, scientific information is shared which makes the reader feel like this is ground-breaking research going on. It was such a fresh, novel approach and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend this book. It’s definitely worth the read!! I was given a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it. My comments reflect my honest opinion.
"Of Cinder and Bone" takes place in a world where dragons once existed... but sadly, they were hunted to extinction during the Middle Ages. In the modern day two scientists, the dorky but hot-tempered Jack and the level-headed but stubborn Kamala, set about to genetically resurrect one of these magnificent creatures in a bid to start a program to save endangered and extinct species. After multiple failures, they finally hatch their first baby dragon... but the infant dragon is quickly stolen out from under their noses. As Jack and Kamala track their charge to Japan and team up with a no-nonsense bodyguard to find it, they find themselves entangled in a plot involving a desperate scientist and a power-mad Yakuza... and discover that the dragon they have created is far more powerful and dangerous than they thought.
I'll get the book's flaws out of the way first. The story starts off slow, almost maddeningly so -- though it's well-worth sticking through it, as it develops the characters and allows us to learn about and care for them before dropping them into hot water right off the bat. The science is somewhat iffy, as other reviewers pointed out (I myself am questioning whether it's possible to actually build a long-distance DNA detector), but no worse than the "science" in any Hollywood blockbuster. And I personally found it obnoxious that no less than three different women were falling over themselves to woo or bed Jack over the course of the novel... and that while Kamala and the bodyguard were excellent characters in their own rights, the third woman felt thrown in just for the sake of having a love triangle (square?).
All that said, however... the book told a fascinating story about an alternate timeline where dragons really did exist at one point, and once the story got its gears truly rolling it moved along at a steady pace and remained entertaining and exciting throughout. The writing isn't overly flashy or grand, but worked nicely for this type of story -- maintaining the action and suspense, and drawing us into the various twists and turns of the adventure. I greatly enjoyed most of the characters, and even the dragon gets some personality of her own. And while the ending is satisfying, there are enough loose ends left to pick up in a follow-up novel... as well as a blood-chilling sequel hook at the very end...
If you liked "Jurassic Park" or love dragons, you'll enjoy this book. And despite its flaws it's enormously entertaining and fun, with an exciting premise and good characters. I'm eager to read the next book in the series, and hope Kyoko keeps writing more in this universe.