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Amazonia, by James Rollins

sobolevnrm's review against another edition

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4.0

Pure trash but still very entertaining. Would have been a good airplane book.

jurassicreader's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

wdanger's review against another edition

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adventurous

2.0

Many a bone to pick with this book. But it’s a Rollins joint so it kind of goes with a territory. Kelly has to be one of those most annoying characters ever written. 

jch2022's review against another edition

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3.0

A great tale of adventure and intrigue set in the Amazon Basin. This was an Indiana Jones type adventure and I must say it kept me glued to it the entire time. I would recommend it for fans of adventure stories but others may enjoy it as well. Think along the lines of the Preston and Child Books and you're in the right sub-genre.

petitehelene's review against another edition

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5.0

Que leitura! Foi difícil deixar este livro de parte! E com cada reviravolta que nem pensaríamos que poderia acontecer! Nate junta-se a uma expedição pela Amazónia para tentar descobrir o que aconteceu com o seu pai desaparecido há anos no coração da selva.
A braços com uma epidemia mundial, espécies desconhecidas e acontecimentos inesperados na conseguimos parar com a leitura...

evieshka's review against another edition

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4.0

Back when I was a kid, "Congo" was considered the last great adventure novel of the jungle-expedition type. I've always wanted to find an author who wrote similarly to Michael Crichton, with the same brilliance and excitement - and I guess I've found that in James Rollins!

Amazonia was well-paced, intriguing, and reminded me not only of M.C. novels, but of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Rollins has his own unique imagination and style, and his work definitely kept me engaged until the very end. Not a small feat when I'm reading while sick!

I knocked off a star because I felt his female characters could have used more development and critical examination as people rather than women. A good piece of advice for those who aren't comfortable writing women as something more than either weak, wibbly messes or untouchable hardasses is to write them as you would write your male characters, and then simply change the pronouns. This is just a nitpick of mine, and not really a hill to die on; Rollins' work is good enough to excuse the minimal character development. And, of course, this was written in 2002, so I'm sure the author has improved greatly since then.

Criticism aside, I'm eager to read more of his work.

cmasson17's review against another edition

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adventurous fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.0

opivygrl's review against another edition

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1.0

Shallow, predictable characters. Shallow, predictable plot. The last 1/10th of it had a little mystery.

shelflife's review against another edition

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4.0

This was the perfect action/adventure book to take me away! Good, strong characters, fun-filled adventure, diabolical bad guy, a good mystery, I just loved it. I look forward to reading more from James Rollin. Nice break from some hard-core stuff I've been reading lately.

crazysecondname's review against another edition

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adventurous fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

3.0