Top critical review
on 2 May 2016
Basically, this was a good read, but I've only given 3 stars because there were parts that I really didn't like, and actually, I didn't feel they were relevant to the story.
Early on in the book, there's a mention of animal cruelty (not necessary for the story) but I plodded on. I admit to being an avid animal lover and abhor abuse of any kind to any animal, so when I got a good way into the book, I wasn't at all impressed with several pages of, what I would term as casual cruelty to a chimpanzee.
Without giving too much away, this poor creature was old, partially blind and had whip scars on his back.
Unfortunately, this type of thing spoils the story for me. There is so much horrific cruelty to animals worldwide, that I really do not want to read a story with animal abuse in. I read to be entertained and animal cruelty is NOT entertainment.
Again, this wasn't at all relevant to the story and could easily have been omitted from the story.
At this stage, I gave up on the book. Shame because it COULD have been a good read.
I definitely won't be reading anything else by this author, it seems as if he has an interest in animal cruelty that I don't think is acceptable. I certainly won't recommend it either.