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The Extinction Club [Hardcover]

Jeffrey Moore
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27 May 2010

Celeste is thirteen years old. The only thing that really matters to her is the wild animals of her homeland - the Laurentian Mountains in Canada - which are dying out, one by one. She has spent recent years quietly fighting the local hunters and poachers, but they've finally caught up with her, beaten her to a pulp and left her for dead. When a wanderer by the name of Nile, who is hiding out, escaping the law in the US, finds her in a ditch, she is barely breathing. Through a drug-fuelled haze, he nurses Celeste back to health and together they set out to take on the men who have destroyed the natural wildlife and who hold the town in thrall. Working alone, in a place where man and his gun is king, they find themselves facing grave danger at every turn, trying anything to stop the bears, birds and panthers joining the extinction club…

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849161410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849161411
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,810,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Almost absurdly inventive' David Mitchell, Daily Telegraph, Book of the Year.

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Blood spilled in the Laurentian forests of Quebec has left a stain, and it's spreading. The mountain lion, red wine caribou, bald eagle, wolf and wolverine have already been wiped out, or nearly, and now hunters are turning their attention to the lucrative - and illegal - black bear market. Enter Nile Nightingale, a troubled man on the run who arrives in search of a rustic refuge, an off-the-map place where life is quieter, slower. He thinks he's found it in the form of a run-down country church for sale. Until, that is, he stumbles upon something in its snow-covered graveyard, something that shouldn't be there: a bleeding burlap sack, bound with red Christmas ribbon. Inside is the slashed and beaten body of fourteen-year-old Celeste Jonqueres, whose testimony put the hunters' leader, a man who's killed more animals than a hundred winters, behind bars. The Extinction Club is a powerful - and at times unbearably moving - portrayal of wildlife plunder and of those who dare to oppose it. It is also a darkly comic tale, in which the very urban Nile and the country-smart, near-genius Celeste teach each other about life and death, love and loss.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The trap is sprung in Quebec 13 July 2012
By Noel
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This is a very difficult book to categorise other than to say that it fits very well into the category of 'a good read'. It is an exciting, alarming, frightening, quirky, witty and touching story, all at the same time. The title and the cover art indicate the nastiness contained inside though not the wit and humour which keep a potentially bleak story from becoming overpowering.

Most of the action takes place in the Laurentian region of Quebec in Winter. There is a lot of action going on however in the mind of the main protagonist, Nile Nightingale who has sought sanctuary there from the garden state of New Jersey, where troubles had overtaken his already troubled life and mind. Nile's mental issues were triggered or exacerbated by past drug and drink abuse and addiction. Revealing what is going on in his head is a key element of the charm of this book. When he gets asked a question we usually see what he thinks in answer to the question before seeing the 'correct' answer he actually comes out with. He has a quirky mind and this insight into it is very enjoyable. At the start of the novel he saves his protagonist, Celeste, from a slow death. She is a 13,14 or 15 year old orphan brainiac girl recently escaped from an unloving foster home.

'Sanctuary' is definitely the wrong word to describe this outback region of Quebec, red in tooth and claw with bloodthirsty hunters of anything on four legs or two wings. The description of their cruel activities is gruesome. This could have been a preachy book as it rails against the hunters, but the way in which it is written saved it from that.

Together Nile and Celeste are under siege and as they plot the defeat of the worst of the hunting fraternity, the story builds to its epic climax. As I said before, a good read.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful like an ice sculpture 4 July 2012
By Mizuki
The setting and main characters of this novel are very unique, but
as all the details were cleverly woven, we the readers just feel
as if the characters actually existed.

The conversation between Celeste and Nile during the Christmas holiday
was first humorously awkward and then getting poignant as Celeste
confided her emotional problems.

As I read on, I liked them more and more, so I got excited with
the adventure in the end.
Since quite a lot of events of this story happened inside of the room or
narrated by characters rather than acted, the last adventure plotted by
Celeste was somehow refreshing.
And the ending... what a surprise!

As I'm Japanese (English is my second language),
when I think about an elaborately structured novel,
I always remember MISHIMA Yukio's novels, which are like a magnificent
historical temple.
This novel was, if I'm allowed to compare, like an elaborately
structured ice sculpture, which is poignantly delicate and clear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful, Important Book 28 Jan 2013
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Wow wow wow and double wow. This is a serious book - it's brutal, sad and doesn't pull any punches. It's also, in my opinion, incredibly important. It's all about conservation of all that isn't human and shines a light on the dark side of humanity and how terribly awful we can be. And it's heart stoppingly beautifully written. A MUST READ.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - must read... 11 Sep 2010
This is a brilliant novel. You are immediately drawn into it and there
isn't a dull moment. You learn some horrific stuff about animal abuse
along the way while getting completely caught up in the characters and
the relationship between Nile and Celeste. And after many unexpected
twists the ending is mind-blowingly good.
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By Jo
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A shocking topic that left me quite lost for words, graphic and heart breaking. Felt at times to be animal rights propaganda.....the story at times taking a back seat.....but I guess that is the intention too. How said human beings can be so callous and cruel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you enthralled! 31 Dec 2013
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I had to skip over the detail of animal cruelty but still got the feelings it intended to create. The characters were unique and unusual but I really built a relationship with them quickly.
The ending was unexpected, a little fast paced and brought up a few tears.
A good story, worth the read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Random read 30 Dec 2013
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I found this book interesting but hard to follow in places, even though I reread it.

Requires a lot of in-depth thinking as some parts didn't make sense.
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2.0 out of 5 stars To Gory 3 Dec 2013
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I didn't get past the first few pages, to dark for my tastes. It seemed like it would be to much effort to read, not for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very different novel
This is a splendid novel, dealing with issues I'd not considered deeply with some dark scenes and a general lingering sense of unease despite the beautiful gentle relationship that... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Extinction Club
Found it a bit labourious to read and didn't like the gory descriptions re the animals. Just not my sort of book.
Published 14 months ago by Glenda A. Kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating
Loved it. Crazy from the start; led me deeper into the abyss then spat me out wanting more. Never read Jeffrey Moore before but will certainly be on the look out in the future.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs K F Candlish-Corbett
4.0 out of 5 stars Different but good
A different sort of book, that draws you in. Interesting characters with issues and problems that help form your impression of there drives, goals and need for redemption.
Published 15 months ago by D Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars A strange book
Yes, strange, different, but very readable. I won't describe the story, others have done that, but this is one enjoyable read.
Published 16 months ago by Andrew Bernard
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read.
I really enjoyed this book. Kept me interested from the start and included many subjects which I didn't know about. Well worth reading
Published 16 months ago by David N Urquhart
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, however bit wierd
This book was really good and exciting, lots of narrative and explanations but is well worth reading. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mandy
1.0 out of 5 stars I gave up
This book was not for me. Nothing to grab my attention. No great characters or story. I made it 150 pages in before I just gave up.
Published 16 months ago by Pamela Bowes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
A bit slow to start, this book winds you in till you can`t put it down. Two fairly damaged characters form an unlikely alliance against some cruel poachers, somehow finding some... Read more
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