Lionboy : The Chase Hardcover – 2 Sep 2004
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At the end of Zizou Corder's best-selling Lionboy, Charlie Ashanti--a boy who could speak cat--was left aboard the Orient Express bound for Venice. In his company are a prehistoric beast and six lions he helped free from a Floating Circus in Paris and from the clutches of a nasty, mysterious Lion trainer called Maccomo. Next door to him on the train is a friendly Bulgarian King called Boris who has taken Charlie and the lions under his protection. Charlie's parents have been kidnapped by the agents of the sinister Corporacy, probably for inventing the cure to Asthma, so he must find them, and the lions would like to return to their ancestral home in Morocco. It is under these circumstances that Corders Lionboy trilogy embarks upon its latest chapter. What a beginning!
Charlie and the Lions get to Venice and become involved in a revolution there. Charlie has the brilliant idea of introducing Primo, the giant Smilodon, to the Doge, as a cover for an escape attempt. After all, he has the lions of St Mark's, or at least their statues. The Venetians think that Charlie is an Angel and that the mysterious creature is sent by God to save them. But theres still Rafi Sadler to deal with, implicated in Charlies kidnap, and the furious Maccomo the lion-tamer. Add a shipwreck, a really good chameleon called Ninu, and a few more shocking surprises and youve got the recipe for a stunningly entertaining sequel and riotously good yarn.
Corders stories are action-packed and great fun to read. Theyre pure adventure for young readers with not the slightest whiff of a crossover accusation coming anywhere near them. The concluding volume, Lionboy: The Truth, should be a corker. (Age 9 and over) --John McLay
This is not just a fun book; it is also a wise one. Roll on the finale -- The Independent
Thrilling moments and dangerous scrapes We give this read a big paws up! -- Funday Times
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The end of the book is reasonably cheerful, but the final sentence very clearly tells the reader that the story is certainly not over. I can't wait to read Lionboy: The Truth, the third book in the trilogy!
I'm 15 Years Old - and the closest thing you will ever find to an expert on all major fictional spy series ever published in English, From James Bond - to Cherub and Alex Rider - without talking to the authors themselves.
I bought the entire series at once, after emphatic reviews of "Lionboy" claimed it to be a brilliant read. I have to completely agree. The concept of a boy speaking "cat" is fascinating, and one that I have never remotely come across in the hundreds of children's and teenage fiction books I have read. Corder (the name adopted by the two authors) has a fantastic writing style, that is both intelligent and inthralling, allowing you to appreciate the book as both a brilliant read and a genuinely well written piece of literature. The language is not too demanding for a well read 11 or 12 year old, though I would advise 13 and upwards as a benchmark, as the language does get more difficult at times. That would be the only thing I could see putting some children off. Please do not think I am specifying children to read this though. I would encourage everyone, young and old alike, to try this book, and the entire series with it. It is completely original, and completely brilliant.
The prose is overly simplistic and at times lacks coherence - sometimes causing sentences to run together and making action sequences seem hazy and unegaging. The pacing is poor, taking a good two thirds of the novel before it actually felt as though it was moving and, even then, there appears to be no rhyme and reason for the events that it portrays.
Although a lot of things do 'happen' within the novel, there is no sense of consequence. Scientists clone a smilodon which then escapes, but nobody makes any visible effort to reclaim this. A young boy gives an asthma inhaler to a sick girl and becomes worshiped by an entire city as an angel. Two kidnapped scientists escape from a gated community where they have been held prisoner for weeks with remarkable ease, yet no one appears to have noticed that they are gone. I know it's easy to brush off such criticisms by saying that this is a children's story, but that is really not an excuse for lazy story-telling.
The one redeeming feature of the novel was the character of Charlie, who remains a realistic and sympathetic hero, but for me this was not enough to save it. I'm also a bit baffled as to why this book is classed as being for both children and young adults. Although a younger audience might get a kick out of it, it certainly holds little appeal for a teen audience.
This review was completed by my child.
A young boy is scratched by a lion when he is small and can now speak cat. His parents are scientists who have invented a cure for asthma. The Corporation do not want the cure as they are making money selling asthma medicine.
The parents are captured and brainwashed and Charlie is trying to find them and gets u to all sorts of adventures including escaping from a circus with all their lions!
A good old fashioned adventure story set in the future.
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