Top critical review
Great Story, Needs More Soaring Prose
30 May 2017
What made the book stand out was the attention to details. There is a lot of research that has gone into this book, such as how to survive in a rain forest, the plants and animals that inhabit the rain forest, the history of the Amazon native tribes including the long-lost Incas, the culture and lifestyle of Ecuador, and how the body responds to life-threatening poisons or injuries.
This book is a true thriller, always making you fear for the health and lives of the characters. Moreover, the danger never seems to left up, not even near the end.
I thought the execution of this book was technically sound. There are no grammatical errors (except for a minor few) and the prose was logical and informative. The themes of this book (survival, ancient treasure, and the heart-pounding chase) are guaranteed to suck any reader in. At the beginning, I felt a little despondent as the plane crashed in such a hostile spot in the jungle and the outcome appeared so bleak for the survivors, but fortunately the thriller moves on to other adventures and I didn’t have to continue the anxious mood of hopelessness, being thrilled from time to time rather than sad.
Even in the urban civilization of modern day, Ecuador is not an easy country to live in and the book definitely shows that.
What the author could do to bring this story to more perfection (the basic plot does not need alteration) is bring more lively and dramatic prose. At this point this helpful but workmanlike writing should become inspirational. It is a hard skill to master, but can be done over time and with lots of practice and help from skilled colleagues. And as one other reviewer mentioned, sometimes the dialogue seems overly formal given the extenuating circumstances.