Saturday, October 23, 2010

Review: Jack and the Jungle Lion by Stephen Jared

Here’s a debut novel that will knock your socks off. Jack and the Jungle Lion opens in Hollywood in 1937. It’s about a film actor named Jack Hunter who is cut from the same cloth as Tyrone Power, Clark Gable or Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. In route to a location shoot his plane crashes and Hunter finds himself trapped in the Amazon rainforest with animal trainer Maxine Daniels and her two children, as well as the irascible co-pilot, Clancy. Surviving is not going to be easy and Hunter needs to become the hero he’s played on screen in order to get home safely. But can he handle the role?

In sixteen chapters author Stephen Jared takes readers on a whirlwind adventure. The pacing is spot-on, the characters believable and endearing, the action jumping off the page. Jared is a superb writer. This book is being advertised as “A romance of adventure” and truer advertising has never been written. Jack and the Jungle Lion is not only reminiscent of the classic pulp stories from the 30s and 40s, but also of those grand movie adventures during Hollywood’s heyday. Jack Hunter is put through the ringer – poison stick pits, anacondas, malevolent natives – but all of that is a mere trifle when Jack returns to Hollywood and his wife. You’ll have to read the book to see how it all plays out.

Jack and the Jungle Lion is chock full of action, humor, adventure and romance. Stephen Jared has just staked his claim as a pre-eminent voice in the growing legion of writers producing retro style adventures, just the way you want them. Jack and the Jungle Lion is a topnotch entertainment. And yes, it would make a great movie!

NOTE: the book’s beautiful cover artwork is by Paul Shipper.
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