Unless you've been stranded in the Amazonian Rainforest for the last decade or so you must have heard of Bear Grylls, and even if you were there's a good chance you'd have come across him filming one of his survival TV series anyway. So while I was browsing the Fiction section of a local Waterstones back in the Summer and I came across this book I naturally thought it'd been placed in the wrong section. I would've expected to find books by Mr Grylls to be about how to survive an Arctic wasteland or crossing the Sahara or 1001 Recipes for your own pee. Nonetheless, out of curiosity, I picked it up and it turns out it was an actual novel. I had a read of the blurb and was intrigued so while I was there and had time to killed indulged myself in reading the first chapter. That was enough to make me want to read it.
So, a brief outline of the plot. We join our hero, Will Jaeger, in the notorious Black Beach prison in the African island nation of Bioko. An island he's been on teaching the local village children English for the last three years - basically ever since his wife and son were abducted from a hiking holiday without a trace. After being wrongly accused of being involved in a failed coup to overthrow the dictatorship on the island, Jaeger's friend and former SAS colleague comes to rescue him and they effectively bust out. Back in London, Jaeger is informed of an expedition to the Amazon Rainforest to locate and recover a downed WWII aeroplane, an expedition he's asked to lead. During the briefing Jaeger is informed that the previous expedition leader and freind was killed whilst training the team that are heading to South America. Finally accepting the challenge, Jaeger and his team are off on what could either be the expedition of their lives.....or the expedition to die for.
I don't mind admitting that I didn't have high hopes for this book. I also don't mind admitting that I was very pleasantly surprised. On the whole, the book is well written. The plot draws you in and keeps you wanting more, always wanting more. It's intriguing, it's fascinating. The more you read the more you want to read. It's just that kind of book.
Reading the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, there seemed to be a fair bit of negativity regarding the fact that the book ends with a bit of a cliff hanger - some even saying the book didn't really have an ending. I do have to disagree with those thoughts. The team of characters had their job to do in the form of their expedition into the Rainforest and, one way or another, the expedition ended and so did the book. Yes there was an underlying story regarding the main character, and it's that story that ends on the cliff hanger, not the main story. So, with a cliff hanger to end with, I now feel compelled to read the next book in the series. So, surely, if I feel I need to read more books then the author has done a good job right? Well I for one am looking forward to it.
Bear Grylls a fiction writer? #whoknew