The Extinction Club Paperback – 28 Apr 2011
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'The Extinction Club is a tour de force, as sophisticated as it is brutal' Heather O'Neill, author of Lullabies for Little Criminals.
'Chilling and horrifying, this is a novel to make you question the good in humanity' Buzz.
From the Inside Flap
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.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition. See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
This novel was, if I'm allowed to compare, like an elaborately
structured ice sculpture, which is poignantly delicate and clear.
Not for the faint hearted, it describes in vivid detail how animals were and still are trapped and tortured for the huge sums of money to be made around the world.
Having said that, the book draws you in as it begins with two central characters who are violently brought together one night in a swamp in Canada.
Nile Nightingale, a washed up alcoholic who has fled from a failed marriage and an overbearing millionaire father escapes to Alaska where he seems to have jumped from the frying pan into the fire.
He hears a sack being dumped in a swamp on a wet rainy night as he is exploring an old church. In the sack he discovers a half dead young girl with awful injuries who turns out to be highly intelligent Celeste who has also escaped from a home.
They are thrown together as the book slowly unfolds their traumatic histories, and it dawns on Nile just what he has got himself into. He is amazed at the tenacity of this half dead young girl who has taken on the might of the local gang who have a vested interest in carrying on their awful trade in captured wildlife.
Its a gripping story and despite the harrowing subject matter, keeps you turning the pages..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So confusing and difficult to read. Halfway through the book I still couldn't work out what was going on, what decade or location they were in. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sam
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..... Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2014 by Jo
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... Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2013 by katiestabler
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.
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.Published on 3 Dec. 2013 by Rachel Varney
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 morePublished on 18 Nov. 2013 by V. Doherty
Found it a bit labourious to read and didn't like the gory descriptions re the animals. Just not my sort of book.Published on 10 May 2013 by Glenda A. Kemp
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 on 1 April 2013 by Mrs K F Candlish-Corbett
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 on 28 Mar. 2013 by D Hughes