California Technical University Smithfield Research Forest. Dr. Abigail “Abby” Philips (CTUSRF director, primatologist) informed Solomon “Solly” (Chimpanzee) he needed a shot. LA, CA. Johnny “Eyes” Califano told the judge/jury he had shot Rufio Gonzalez, but it was in self-defense.
6 times the prosecutor stated. R. “Bobby” William Colter (Eyes defense lawyer) had no comment. Walter Drake (billionaire) was willing to donate a $10 million endowment fund to the center, in-return for Solomon’s rights. The problem was Walter needed a heart transplant. R. “Bobby” William Colter was now representing Sarah Huntington (eccentric dowager). Bobby was asking Judge George Kermit Wainwright if Dr. Philips could be appointed legal guardian of Solomon (chimpanzee).
What was Willie Baker (aka Willie the Wild Animal Man, Willie-Boy, Wonder-Willie, Free Willie) up to? Walter not in the best of health was now in the hospital. What will happen to Solly?
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A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great movie, or better yet a mini TV series. If it wasn’t for the cussing I would have rated it higher. That said I will only give it 4/5 stars.
Thank you for the free Goodreads; Making Connections discussion group talk; Glyphus LLC.; instafreebie; Author; PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
Solomon’s Freedom, by Dennis Meredith, (Amazon link) is a grand slam. It’s a thriller with fabulous characters, witty dialogue, plenty of action, and most importantly, it raises questions about whether man’s closest neighbor in the animal kingdom should be granted any rights.
Bobby Colter is a criminal defense lawyer who can usually be found defending some of the slimier denizens of the criminal world. He’s good at what he does. Sarah Huntington is the wealthy woman who hires Colter to save a chimpanzee’s life. The ape has been purchased by a media scion in ill health who plans to use the chimp’s heart to help his own. I’m grossly simplifying this in the quest for brevity of this review.
It would be completely unfair to the author to characterize Solomon’s Freedom as “courtroom drama” or an “animal rights” plea. It is both, yet neither. It is first and foremost an action-packed thriller that I accidentally started at midnight and had to read completely through to the ending, somewhere around 4:30 AM. It is entertaining and wonderfully written.
Along the way, all of the arguments in favor of, as well as against giving a chimpanzee any special rights is included in the dialogue. Meredith’s skill as an author is that he doesn’t let that get in the way of his story. Now this is important: If this were a non-fiction book, I — as a reviewer and you as a reader — could debate the arguments about animal rights. Solomon’s Freedom is a work of fiction and I don’t debate those sorts of things in a work of fiction any more than I would the theory behind a science-fiction author’s use of “warp drives” to propel a star ship around the cosmos.
There IS some scientific theory in the book. Some of it is real and some is not. That you would be hard-pressed to tell where one ends and the other begins is a tribute to the author. In my review of his previous sci-fi novel, Wormholes: A Novel, I said that Dennis Meredith, “…reminds me a lot of the work of Michael Crichton in that the science in the story is close enough to existing theory to make the reader a believer that this could all happen. It’s also kept enough in check as to not slow down the story.” The same is true with Solomon’s Freedom.
Here’s something else that I love about this book: Plot complications galore! They just keep piling up; one after another. Bobby Colter seems to have everything going against him. That’s great writing and it is exactly what makes for a terrific thriller.
Lastly, the characters. They are quirky and wonderful. You get to know them fully through the author’s skillful prose and almost all of them (even the bad guys!) are likable. By the way, so is Solomon.
Solomon’s Freedom is a grand slam thriller and is the best book I’ve read in quite a while. Enjoy!
This is the first time I have tried one of Dennis Meredith's novels and I have to say he has a new fan. I was enthralled with this novel right from the beginning. The main premise of the novel is simple. Do chimpanzees have the same legal rights as humans do considering that 99.9% of human and chimpanzee DNA is the same? Dennis Meredith explores this thought provoking question in the form of Solomon, a very bright chimpanzee who has learned from a very young age to communicate by the use of computer images that symbolize language. The question arises when Solomon's owner mistakenly allows him to be sold to a millionaire who wants to harvest Solomon's heart for his own use. What follows is a fast paced and well thought out story that examines the ethical issue of whether our closest living relative deserves the same respect and dignity that humans have. I found the novel brought to life this very important issue and I became so involved in the story that I had tears in my eyes after staying up to read it to the finish. Highly recommended. I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.
I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of Solomon’s Freedom as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. This is a hard book to put down; I tore through it over the course of a weekend. I found it to be an easy read that held my attention. The characters are believable and the storyline is compelling. It touches on an issue that is frequently in the news and on minds these days – whether the earth and all the other creatures that inhabit it are ours to do with as we please. As I read Solomon’s Freedom, I found myself drawing mental comparisons with the treatment of dolphins and whales in marine parks and with my complicated feelings about zoos and circuses. I was reminded of the old adage “we have not inherited the earth from our ancestors; we have only borrowed it from our children.” This book leaves you contemplating the question of what our responsibility is to the other creatures we share our world with. I believe this is a timely and important story and it’s also an exciting and fun book to read.
I loved Solomon since the first chapter. The careful description of the character and how much the humans around him evolve to understand and protect him was captivating. I am very drawn towards legal dramas and that is why I requested this book for review. The legal part wasn't the strongest point of this drama, so if you are looking for a Grisham's style, this might not be for you. But if you want a compelling fiction story that keeps the heart on animal care and respect, then buy this book and you will enjoy it. Abigail's father started to teach language to Solomon and she continued the labor. Solomon's communication skills are beyond what you will expect and I actually was eager to learn more about the way chimpanzee's can learn to communicate. The lawyer William “Bobby” Colter takes you into a love/hate the character situation. The style of ride that not even the last sentence of the book was able to stop. The billionaire Walter Drake is a revolting character yet so desperate and sad that you can decide whether to disconnect him or to understand that transplants are not a luxe and to stick to the human side. Enjoy the story!
By some strange coincidence the very week I began to read this book a real court in the USA was looking at the same issue, albeit different reasons for a real chimpanzee. In the end Judge Karen Peters sitting in New York ruled that a chimpanzee, the Mononymously named, (as one might expect), Tommy could not have Legal Personhood. In the end, she ruled that it would be inappropriate to afford the chimpanzee the same legal rights as a person.
The case was brought by the Nonhuman Rights Project, an organisation based in Florida USA.
Solomon is the real star of this story, a highly intelligent ape, from birth he has been taught to use a computer to communicate using symbols to represent human terms and language, firstly by Dr Abigail Philips's father and then by Abigail Philips herself. The book opens with Solomon on the endangered list, his life in imminent danger and hotshot criminal lawyer Bobby Colter is hired to protect and preserve that life. Colter is used to defending high profile controversial clients, but has he bitten off more than he can chew and will his questionable tactics and shady contacts win out or drag him down and take the oblivious Solomon with him?
Certainly the basics of this book have a real life contemporary parallel, like the courtroom battle mentioned above. Drop in heart matrices, ailing billionaires, corruption, scandal, attempted murder, one angry mother, one angry scientist, and one angry, fearful ape wrenched out of his comfort zone, into the mix and you have yourself an actual not so freaky fictional page turner.
Well, yes, there were certainly, a few overly mellow dramatic scenes and even a couple that would have been worthy of the old US soap opera Sunset Beach 1997-1999. But Solomon's character and that of his wily lawyer Bobby Colter and their various interactions, with each other and others are at the very heart of this story. Neither Colter nor Solomon is perfect, or instantly loveable, they both have some major flaws and Dennis Meredith has worked hard to give them that authentic edge.
You do not have to be either an animal lover, an ape admirer or a fan of controversial courtroom dramas to get deeply immersed into this book.
Thoroughly engaging and sharply observed, with some odd moments of high farce, but nonetheless still a compelling drama.
This was another surprise for me, not my most visited genre recently but very enjoyable nonetheless.
Dennis Meredith, one of this country's best-known (and best) science writers has done it again. He has crafted another engaging novel that catches readers with the first scene and refuses to release them until the story ends. A science and legal thriller, Solomon's Freedom describes what happens when a billionaire with a failing heart, and no conscience, seeks to exercise his bought and paid-for rights to a remarkable primate named Solomon. And have surgeons carve out the animal's heart to transplant into his own chest. The organ will serve as scaffolding for the rich man's cardiac cells already grown in laboratory glassware to minimize rejection. But this chimpanzee is unique, not to mention beloved. Though many years of tireless efforts, a father and daughter team of scientists taught him how to express his thoughts and feelings by calling up computerized voices. Their work has proven that chimps are capable of communicating at levels suspected by few, if any, previous researchers and demonstrated by none. The pair has further shown that the chimps are more closely related to humans than earlier thought. Enter slick, high-dollar trial lawyers -- gunslingers all -- and a Bible-quoting judge, who know that legally, animals have always been considered property, disposable as their owners saw fit. Enter, too, genuine gun thugs, animal lovers, a cranky rich old lady and newshawks, and let the fireworks -- in and outside the courtroom -- begin. One of the multiple pleasures of reading Meredith's work is that the science is real and explained clearly. Another is that when he makes it up, it certainly sounds believable in the context of his fiction. A third is that the imagined good gals and guys are people we'd like to call our friends -- if they actually existed.
I’ve enjoyed several of author Meredith’s books, and this is the best so far. Solomon’s Freedom is a well-paced story with character dialogue that matches other great contemporary fiction writers. But the story revolves around a chimpanzee; a character for whom I felt empathy just a short way into the book. The story raises the question of how much we humans understand, or even more so, respect the intelligence and rights of other creatures. I look forward to more of the author’s writing.
Bobby Colter must save a chimp named Solomon from having his heart harvested to be transplanted into a sick man. He tries to show the judge that Solomon is intelligent and deserves to be treated fairly. Very well written with excellent characters. I received a copy through Good Reads First Reads.