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Not his best
on 7 May 2011
Having read his last two books I was excited to read this, his latest book. However, in my opinion this book does not live up to the rest.
It starts well with an archaeological discovery in a french cave which is hushed up and an english journalist/photographer getting involved in some work with a UN investigation into the Khymer Rouge in Laos to 'get his break'. Similar to his last book the two eventaully meet up and end up working together. It is laced with the more gruesome aspects of human nature which I expect from this author, but is not backed up by any substance.
One section is confusing and poorly edited as he talks about one character, then gets the name wrong and talks about another. Other sections are simply unbelievable, for instance a 'depressed' chimpanzee from a science research lab which formally working in animal~human hybridisation attempting to rape one of the women! The ending is a big let down and leaves you wondering what was the point of bothering to finish.
It is as though the author is trying to be deep and meaningful in opposition to the communist regimes / Marxism that were imposed by Pol Pot, Mao and in the former USSR. Unfortunately any interest or depth is lost due to the dreary characters, poorly written plot and bad editing. Good basis for a story, let down by being seemingly rushed out.