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Edge of Extinction (Heading For Extinction Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I liked the book because the story is built up excellently and I admire the way Kristen Stone has handled the first person narrative to describe the world through the eyes of an Indian man. There can hardly be a bigger difference between her English upbringing and this main character but she takes us through the book from within his mind in a consistent and clever way.
The setting, both in the jungle and in the miners' village, is described in a precise and vivid way. At times I felt the book was written by a clinical observer with the sharpest of vision. Every detail of this - often quite imaginative story - is elaborated.
I also enjoyed the descriptions of all the rituals in the tribe, really stunning research or imagination?
Last but not least, this book is very well-written and immaculately edited, which makes it a delight to read.
But no book is perfect and it is almost impossible to keep looking through the eyes of a "primitive" at Western society and not miss something here and there. So I would doubt the main character Kianda Mala would have called latex gloves by their proper name the first time he sees the doctor wear them or name a Jeep when being confronted with a car for the very first time. But these two things were the only ones that struck me as odd in the complete picture of perfect "innocence" with regard to western civilisation.
What made the book original for me was the type of story, fictional but almost palpably real. It keeps surprising me that Ms Stone has such an immense imagination and weaves this story so elegantly and seemingly effortlessly. The book is a great delight and a good educator. The images still stay with me after finishing reading it yesterday. Well done!
When illness strikes the village it is down to Kianda to find a solution. With other tribesmen he begins travelling outside the village in his search for answers. Coming eventually across civilization, he is introduced to the ways of modern living.
There are several love interests for this unique man both within his tribe and within the civilised world. At times he seems to be torn in two - stay within civilisation or return to his beloved tribe. To state more would give too much away.
At times it reminded me of the film `The Forbidden Dance - Lambada'
I'm not sure if this story fits into any specific genre but it is beautifully told and worthy of recommendation. I urge you to read it.
I love the fact that the author Kristen Stone has had the imagination to set her novel in the Amazon Jungle. It must have been a fine cup of coffee the morning that piece of inspiration struck!
The author uses the first person to take us through the story - seen through the eyes of Kianda Mala, leader of a remote Amazon tribe whose unique cultural existence becomes threatened by the unethical commercial activities of a greedy western mining corporation.
The writing style is uncomplicated which allows the story to flow very nicely. Whilst it takes a few pages to set ones mind into a different mode of thinking, the characters become very engaging and the storyline is well developed. All in all, well worth a read...
I was hunting for something to read, something that would spirit me away from today and the world around me for just a while. What I found was an experience like no other I have had in many a long year.
A joyous, intense and highly visual journey into the Amazon jungle. Author Kristen Stone hasn't simply written a batch of descriptions and thrown them together, she has cleverly taken this reader by the hand and spirited her into the sights, sounds, and smells of the Amazon.
Her characterization of Kianda Mala is perfect. The monkey man revered as a God by his tribe must adjust to being flung into the violent turbulent and careless 21st century, in the shape of a mining camp. A camp peopled by those that have uncaringly altered the history of an entire Indian community by their greed and malice.
Author Kristen Stone writes with the gift of vision. She has seen this wondrous world in her marvelous imagination and she has shared it with those lucky enough to read it, with a gifted pen.
The worlds that we humans destroy in search of the almighty dollar are known to all of us that care.
Here is an author that presents the theme of destruction of innocence in an altogether unique and wonderful way. I choked back tears, I raged at the useless waste of lives and I cheered the character of Kianda Mala as he fought for the survival of his people.
Do yourselves an enormous favor folks; read this book, it will linger in your memory long after you have closed the last page. Bravo Kristen Stone!
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Kianda Mala is a terrific character and the author does a great job with describing his habitat, placing the reader within it.Read more