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The Extinction Club Paperback – 28 Apr 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849161437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849161435
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,328,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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A deal of the day.....which is why I bought it. Not my usual choice of books and it is fair to say when I started it I wasn't too keen. But I persevered and began to enjoy it more and more. A dark story of two persons with problems in their past set in an unusual location in a hick town in forest and swampland French Canada. The whole novel has a dark and threatening atmosphere.....and the bad guys are pretty nasty.....as do the things they do to animals which is an education in itself about the cruelty of man. I enjoyed the interaction and dialogue between the two main characters....and the way their relationship developed. Also....between the threads of this disturbing tale....an occasional flash of humour. A different tale and well written. Worth a read.
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The abiding message in this book is one of conservation, but its an amazing story built on the awful history of man's wholesale exploitation of wild animals.

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..
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