(4 / 5)
I saw this audiobook on the shelf in my local library a few times over the last month or so. I looked it up on GoodReads and saw that it was the third in a series so didn’t borrow it. Usually I like to start at the first in a series, so I kept my distance. Then last week I saw it again and curiosity got the better of me. WOW So glad I gave it a go! What a ride!
Its like “Matthew Reilly meets Stephen King” in this adventure/horror/thriller/romance/action/sci-fi full throttle novel. Alex Hunter is back (or in my case I was introduced to him) in This Green Hell. Set deep in the rainforest in Paraguay, a group of scientists led by Amiee Weir, dig into the ground to find tiny micro-organisms that will hopefully be the key to unlimited energy. However what they find in the ground and in the rainforest is terrifying and may spell the end to all of mankind! Cue Alex Hunter, Aimee’s old flame (that she never really got over), to come and save the day with kick action scenes, excitement, romance, and a heap of darn fun!
You have to know going into this, its totally unrealistic. Even though the science is based around fact, and the science knowledge is quite impressive, at the end of the day this is an action book, its not supposed to be a literary masterpiece. There are parts that are totally unbelievable, but if you love the unbeliveable such as I do, this is your type of book! There is something special about a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat like this one.
The characters were awesome! The storyline was awesome! Even the totally corny bits were AWESOME
Why only four stars you ask? Because there was just something unresolved and missing about the Paraguay part of the story for me. It just sort of ended without really explaining much. It was totally going 5 stars for me throughout the whole thing and then it just lost momentum. There was a climax and then nothing, onto the next part of the story… That was the only thing I didn’t like about this book. And it wasn’t a big deal really, it was still exciting and worth it!
The audio version read by Sean Mangan was fabulous! Loved Mangans performance! I literally didn’t want to get out of my car when I was listening to it. Several times I hung around and extra 20 minutes just to listen to the next chapter! I even put an extra load of washing once just so I could keep listening while I was doing something!
Would I recommend it?
Absolutely for anyone who loves the above genres! And doesn’t mind some blood and gore!
I am super excited to read the first two novels in the Alex Hunter series. I have a feeling I am going to LOVE them.
Who can write about blood sucking vampires, a terrifying deadly, contagious-as-hell virus and an imminent nuclear bomb ALL AT THE SAME TIME?? Greig Beck can! Hats off to you Mr Beck! A CRACKING read!