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5.0 out of 5 stars Mammoths Rule!, 12 Feb 2013
This review is from: Mammoth (Mass Market Paperback)
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Not content with investing his fortune and watching it grow, multibillionaire Howard Christian buys rare cars that he actually drives, acquires collectible toys that he actually plays with, and builds buildings that defy the imagination. But now his restless mind has turned to a new obsession: cloning a mammoth...

In a barren province of Canada, a mammoth hunter financed by Christian has made the discovery of a lifetime: an intact frozen woolly mammoth. But what he finds during the painstaking process of excavating the huge creature baffles his mind. Huddled next to the mammoth is the mummified body of a stone age man around 12,000 years old. And he is wearing a wristwatch.

It looks like Howard Christian is going to get his wish-and more...

Mammoth is a great sci-fi book set in modern time America.

That is only the start of some seriously weird events. The plot has a lot of twists and turns, some of which the reader may see coming but most of which probably won't turn out in quite the way you expect. The main characters are: Howard Christian, a multibillionaire who often splashes his cash around carelessly before thinking about it, Matt Wright, a multi-millionaire master mathematician who pretty much knows everything there is to know about maths, Susan Morgan, an elephant handler brought in to look after the elephants involved in Christian's attempts to clone the mammoth and Warburton, Christian's right hand man who gets anything done as efficiently as possible for his lazy boss.

The book also contains a little chunk of about two pages at a time between each chapter of the main story, is the tales of a mammoth called Fuzzy from his life and birth in about 10,000 BC to - well, you'll have to read it to see. These parts actually contain interesting factual information about how mammoths survived and interacted with each other in such harsh tundra conditions, so this book will also aid your ice age knowledge as an added bonus.

Matt is a good character that sometimes reminds me of myself, quiet, shy yet intelligent and without him Howard would have no hope of unravelling the mystery of mammoth cloning and why that strange man next to the mammoth exists. Howard on the other hand, appears as a nice but rather shallow and greedy man who you wouldn't be surprised if he didn't suddenly turn into an evil power maniac; nonetheless he controls the project and funds it as well so nothing can go on without his consent. The ex-circus performer elephant expert Susan is a loving, kind woman who is always prepared and not often scared, necessary for the line of work she's now been hired for.

I enjoyed the book because for one woolly mammoths are my favourite animals so I couldn't wait to read it anyway and science fiction books are the kind of books I like as well. The storyline is interesting and often turns out completely unexpected which always makes for a nice surprise now and again. Some weekends I sat down the whole day reading this, like I was glued to it and was reading it while eating and sleeping, and trust me that's something I rarely do since I've got my shiny new ipad which is an entirely different matter...

After reading this book it has made me want to read some more of John Varleys books and other books in general, so it has made quite a positive impact in my day to day life in that sense. This book teaches you to value your friends closest to you and to follow what you think is right.

Great book and would recommend it to others who are interested in similar things, makes for a great read hope you enjoyed my review!
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