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When The Jaguar Sleeps Reviews

  • William Bitner Jr.
    2019-03-27 13:09

    Genre - Action/AdventurePages - 302“When The Jaguar Sleep” by J.A. Kalis is her debut novel, and my first read by this author. I don’t read a lot of jungle/adventure books, but I was quite happy with what I read. Great characters and and an amazingly descriptive plot that takes place mostly in the Ecuadorian Jungle. It’s a race for survival and escape with some really good background into the Inca/Aztec culture. Fast paced and exciting from start to finish. The finish is a bit of a cliffhanger, but still ended on a good solid note. J.A. Kalis has another novel “The Travel Mate” an International Thriller that I am looking forward to reading. Recommend for the adventure seekers out there.Synopsis (from back cover): A plane crash in the Amazon jungle...A desperate struggle for survival ...An unexpected discovery...Ecuador. A dream holiday turns into a nightmare when two young men are stranded in the Ecuadorian rain forest after their plane crashes. Desperate to survive, they decide to set off on a daring journey through the 'green hell'. Despite the harsh environment sucking their strength away, they push on until they enter a territory inhabited by isolated Indian tribes hostile to outsiders and where probably the fabulous treasures destined for the last Inca emperor Atahualpa's ransom, are hidden. Soon, unexpected dangers arise.

  • Pam
    2019-04-09 18:12

    When the Jaguar Sleeps: A Jungle Adventure is an adventure novel by J.A. Kalis. It is a very good novel and it captivates the reader immediately and keeps the action up until the very end. The setting in the Ecuador jungle is described in such detail that one can imagine being there and hearing the noises and actually feeling the humidity. The characters are realistic and well-developed. Overall, it is an excellent novel. Six people take off in an airplane from Quito for somewhere in the Ecuador jungle called El Oriente. Other than the pilot and Carlos, the guide, the remaining members of the party are tourists who have paid for a trip into the Amazon jungle to see wild animals while being protected. They will stay in special houses built by the tour company and have their meals catered. It is an all-inclusive tour. The tour includes Sandro and Anna, a married Swiss couple; Florent, a Belgian; and Didier Poussier, a Frenchman. Didier has taken this vacation to escape from his unusual streak of bad luck and grief over the last three years. First, his Father died of a heart attack and he grieved for him still. Then, his girlfriend had a freak accident while hiking and was killed. He was under suspicion for her death for a while. After this, he retreated into a depression during which he lost his job and his home and moved back in with his Mother. In fact, it was his Mother who insisted he go on this trip. She thought he needed a restful vacation before starting on a new job. Thus, he found himself on a small airplane headed into the Ecuadorean jungle. For a while, the flight was uneventful. The plane was small and with their backpacks in the cabin with them, it was a little cramped. Florent struck up a conversation with Didier. The plane ran into a rain storm and the ride became turbulent which disturbed the passengers. Finally they flew out of it and things looked up until an explosion hit the engine and the plane crashed. When he came to, Didier found himself in a crashed plane somewhere in the middle of the jungle with a dead pilot and guide, an injured Sandro and Anna, and a very scared but defiant Florent. It seems it is up to Didier to make sure they are alive when they are rescued. Or will they be rescued? Does anyone know where they are? Will they find them? Didier’s adventure is just beginning. A plane crash, walking through the jungle, cannibals, treasure hunters, snakes, no food and little water, and all the jungle creatures make Didier and Florent’s survival questionable.

  • Marc Richard
    2019-04-02 20:14

    Reading this book, I would never know that this was the first and only book J.A. Kalis had written. I’m not usually one for adventure novels, but something about this book piqued my interest. And I’m glad I read it. A fast-paced story with well-developed characters. I imagine the author had been to the Amazon before, as he provided such rich (but not boring) detail that I felt like I really never need to go there. From the incident with the plane at the very beginning all the way through the end, It kept me on my toes. Come on, book two!

  • Jessica Jesinghaus
    2019-04-13 15:48

    Perhaps it's because I read this book in the week leading up to Halloween, or maybe it's just because I was struck with a strangely morbid mood, but I've decided to perform a book autopsy instead of a standard review. A booktopsy? Yeah, I like it. Wearing my standard booktopsy gear (camouflage lounge pants and my favorite Relay For Life hoodie) and snuggled in my comfy reading chair I gaze at the specimen before me. Any good autopsy starts with a general inspection, so my booktopsy will do the same. "When the Jaguar Sleeps" by J.A. Kalis is an adventure tale (a genre departure for me) with great potential. But the book-body on the slab appears to be missing it's head! Decapitation? How does that happen to a book? Never fear, intrepid readers, I'll come back to that in a moment. The body of this book is healthy. It's robust, well fleshed out and the bones of the story are strong. The main character, Didier, is on holiday in the Amazon, traveling by plane to a remote part of the rainforest with three other tourists, a guide and (obviously) the plane's pilot. When their small plane crashes Didier finds that only he and one other tourist have survived, yet they're stranded in the middle of the unforgiving rainforest and must try to reach the safety of civilization. Along the way they encounter gun-toting grave robbers and wild Indian tribes well-known for their murderous tendencies toward outsiders.As I make the Y incision, I get a good look at the book's heart. The author's narrative is strong. I really felt like I was right there in the jungle with Didier and Florent. If J.A. Kalis hasn't spent some quality time in the Amazon I'd be shocked. The descriptions were just so real! The oppressive greenery, the hot mists and the heavy jungle air... The jungle (and the author's way of bringing it to life) are the lifeblood of this story. So, how did this book die? Well, you might recall the little matter of its missing head? That's the only excuse I can come up with for the stilted and stiff dialogue. An example: "We should mark this place, try to remember its location so that we can tell later other people where to look for it." Initially I tried to tell myself that the quirks in the dialogue were intentional; English isn't the native language for most of the characters in the story after all. But later, when the one American character makes his entrance and he speaks in the same fragmented voice, I knew my excuse wasn't valid. All autopsy puns aside, this is still an enjoyable read: 3.25 out of 5 stars. As I said, I loved the book's body and it's heart. I felt invested in Didier's journey. It was really just the dialogue that detracted from the whole. With a little fine tuning it could be truly great. One additional warning: the ending was a little abrupt. It's not quite a cliff-hanger, but you get the sense the author is planning the next saga and so the story is left hanging in limbo. Guess I'll just wheel the tray over to cold-storage while we await the next book? Now, time to scrub up and prepare for my next patient... **I received a copy of this book from the author which I then chose to voluntarily review**

  • Joe Prentis
    2019-04-01 12:09

    When the Jaguar Sleeps by J.A. KalisI sincerely hope that adventure stories continue to flourish as they have in the past. When I become old enough to start reading adult fiction, I discovered books about Tarzan, Robinson Crusoe, and Moby Dick. Later I graduated to authors like Earnest Hemmingway, Clive Cussler, and Michael Crichton. While the stories these writers produced vary widely in subject matter, they have many similarities, in that they pull you into adventures that hold your attention from the first page to the last. All of them tell of the determination to survive against terrible odds and are told in a manner that makes you experience each difficulty as they occur in the book. Kalis has captured this in the way he makes us feel the gut-tightening emotion of a plane going down in a hostile jungle, the feeling of impending doom as danger closes in on the characters. You can feel yourself there with each footstep into the seemingly endless jungle. I also like the way the tension never lets up. The characters blunder into difficult situations, and barely escape others. If you like your nerves pulled as tight as the strings on a banjo, this book would do it. I’m looking forward to other books by Mr. Kalis. I think this story is one you will like.

  • Eric Martindale
    2019-04-05 15:58

    Although an avid reader, I rarely finish a book within a week. (Most often, I am concurrently working on two or three books.) J.A. Kalis caught me a bit off guard with “When the Jaguar Sleeps”, and I was glued to this book over a four-day period until I had finished it. I’m very glad I gave this book a shot. The story begins with a plane-ride reflection by protagonist Florent regarding the tragic loss of his girlfriend and the deep torment that he carried with him, and within a couple of paragraphs, the small plane carrying just six passengers experiences some significant turbulence, and the story is off and running. (I initially thought the turbulence to be a sort of foreshadowing, but it was in fact the start of a high tempo that continues throughout the story.) The small craft crashes in the Ecuadorian Rainforest, and an epic story of adventure and survival ensues. I’ll note here that the author introduces death and deep despair early-on, which turns out to be an important mechanism, as Kalis shows the reader (through a Swiss couple) that he isn’t afraid to “rock the boat” so to speak. Surely one or both of the main characters won’t survive. …or will they? The reader is left with that question for some time. As the two protagonists, Didier and Florent, set off down the river in an attempt to reach civilization, Kalis gives us rich, vivid imagery that brings to life a deadly tropical jungle. The story grows only more complicated when a criminal element is introduced, and the pair are faced with not only surviving on what the jungle provides, but out-witting a group of rather sinister tomb raiders, which the reader soon realizes, has little hesitation in killing. Overall, I had quite a bit of fun with this book. It is an easy read, and because of the two protagonists, there is plenty of vivid dialogue in what could have normally been devoid of meaningful discourse. This novel is a superb men’s adventure with elements of crime, mystery, and suspense. “When the Jaguar Sleeps” is definitely worth a read.

  • Chris Angelis
    2019-04-07 16:09

    I must admit, I'm not a great fan of adventure novels. But, as I always strive to do, I entered the world of When the Jaguar Sleeps with an open mind. The result was better than I expected.The story setup is pretty straightforward: after a plane crash in the Ecuadorian jungle, survivors begin a desperate trek through the tropical forest, trying to survive and reach safety. Treasure hunters, hostile natives, and deadly wildlife are only some of the dangers lurking in the misty shadows.If reading the above you expect an Indiana Jones kind of story, you'd be mostly correct. There is plenty of intensity in the narrative, elaborate descriptions of the environment, and quite a healthy amount of cultural and historical information. Some more sense of humor would be good - right now the novel comes off as a bit too serious and self-important.Other trouble areas include the lack of character differentiation (not to mention realism), but in such books the plot is what counts, and When the Jaguar Sleeps does not disappoint, although it doesn't break any records of originality either. I should also mention that the text could still use some editing. To the best of my knowledge, there are no "single-blade" propeller planes (the author obviously meant "single-engine"), neither any "poisonous snakes" (the correct term is "venomous snakes").Overall, I can't exactly call it superb, but definitely above average. I struggled a bit between 3 and 4 stars, so consider it a 3.5-star book. Still, to counter the criticism above, this remains an easily-flowing narrative with plenty of things to grab on, and it's definitely gonna offer you some quality reading time. The author has put a lot of effort in the descriptions of the jungle (as well as the historical/cultural background), and the result is worth it.

  • James Sillwood
    2019-03-26 13:10

    A group of six people are flying over the Ecuadorian Rainforest when their plane crashes. After several days waiting to be rescued at the crash site, the only survivors, Didier and Florent, set off into the jungle, following the course of the river. Didier and Florent face many dangers; not only from the hostile Acua Indians, but also from a group of tomb robbers who are operating in the area. There are far reaching consequences when their paths cross. The descriptions of the jungle, its flora, vegetation and animals are detailed and vivid. The author expertly describes the humidity, the stifling atmosphere and the ever present tension.The contrast between the two men is well developed. Didier is the sensible, more mature character. Florent is impulsive and easily discouraged. Exhausted, hungry and afraid, Didier tries to keep positive whilst encouraging Florent, whose leg has been injured in the crash. Both men are forced to draw on their inner reserves and self preservation. Even the slightest glimmer of hope gives Didier the motivation to carry on against all odds. This story made me think how I would survive in such a situation. Through his descriptive writing the author brings not only the jungle, but also the cities of Cuenca and Quito to life. This is a gripping read. The plot is unpredictable, tense and kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending was totally unexpected. I hope there's more to come.

  • Ms. Please Pass The Books
    2019-04-18 12:53

    When The Jaguar Sleeps is one of the very few books I've read that I honest-to-goodness kept thinking, "This story would make an incredible movie." Written in the type of vivid detail that will draw a reader right into the remote, dense, and dangerous rainforest, it's impossible not to get lost yourself in the story.The book moves at a fast pace, driven by conflict and a tightly written plot—exceptionally well done for a debut offering. We follow our group of survivors after a plane crash turns a luxury, all-inclusive vacation into an Indiana Jones-scale nightmare. The one person most equipped and most likely to get them out unscathed [their tour guide] dies in the crash. Unfortunately for this rag-tag crew, survival in the jungle means more than just getting out amidst the usual dangers [starvation, injury, death by creepy-crawlies, etc]. As the action rolls on, the jungle offers up natives, tomb robbers, and treasure, the combination of all resulting in the plucking off of characters, one by one. And it's done with just the right balance of realism and reverie.The conclusion leaves room for a sequel, although stand-alone readers won't be left in the lurch. That said, I look forward to reading what's next in what appears to be an excellent series.

  • Michelle Stanley
    2019-03-29 15:50

    Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' FavoriteWhen the Jaguar Sleeps: A Jungle Adventure is an exciting story by J.A. Kalis. Didier and Florent are the only survivors of a plane crash in a remote section of the Amazon jungle known for its hostile tribes. After giving up hope of being rescued, the injured men, frustrated by the sweltering heat, venture into the mosquito-infested jungle, looking for villagers to assist them. They come across a few murdered Indians and a gold artifact that Florent takes. The men eventually find shelter in an ancient Inca ruin rumored to contain Emperor Atahualpa’s treasure, interrupting the digging of a gang of ruthless looters.When the Jaguar Sleeps is an engaging book by J.A. Kalis. He wrote an exciting treasure-hunting tale that I enjoyed immensely. The main characters, Didier and Florent, are interesting and very different in personality. Didier is more levelheaded and has survival skills while Florent constantly complains and makes rash decisions. The other characters are also convincing. I like the general pace of the story, which has terrific action in a nice jungle setting, and surprising twists in other settings with good visuals. When the Jaguar Sleeps: A Jungle Adventure is realistic and very well developed by the author, and it has a great beginning. The appealing cover illustration represents the story nicely as well. This book comes highly recommended.

  • J.B. Trepagnier
    2019-04-17 13:01

    This is a great, action packed novel. I felt like I was really in the jungle and the setting was properly researched. I don't want to give away the plot, but it follows 2 plane crash survivors through the jungle trying to get back to safety and they meet with natives and grave robbers. There is always danger lurking somewhere, sometimes the situation is worse than others. There is sort of a twist at the ending that leaves it open for a sequel, should the author so choose, or it could be left as is. I closed the book wondering "is he really safe now?"

  • J.A. Kerr
    2019-04-13 19:44

    This book was fast paced and used great descriptive langue (The sudden light stung his irises like a thorn) that enhanced my reading experience. Didier and Florent board a plane which comes down in the jungle. Kalis does the scene well and the story continues with lots of plot twists that keep you guessing. This isn't just about their survival as they stumble across Inca treasure and the people who will kill to keep it. Full on adventure written in the third person, covering several interlaced plots. A great read!

  • Donald Hill
    2019-04-10 14:04

    I love this book. The plot really kept me glued to the pages and the way it builds up is really exciting. I found myself wondering at times what I would have done in that situation and worried for the stranded characters. I hope to read more from J.A. Kalis!

  • D.R.
    2019-03-30 12:52

    “When The Jaguar Sleeps” by J.A. Kalis takes you deep into the Ecuadorian jungle following two, young male survivors of a plane crash, Didier and Florent. The plane was en route to a scheduled jungle tour prior to the fatal mishap, resulting in the deaths of the pilot and the remaining tourists.The author wastes no time using colorful description to set the stage for dangerous adventure facing the two men. The drama builds as the survivors debate whether to stay near the plane waiting for rescuers or to venture off in search of civilization and safety. Didier, a French adventurer with some knowledge of wilderness survival, is the more level-headed of the two. Still, neither is well-prepared for the dangers of a tropical jungle filled with poisonous plants, snakes, and headhunting native tribes, ancestors of the ancient Incas.In their quest to find civilization, Didier and Florent stumble across ancient ruins filled with golden treasures. They also come face to face with murderous grave robbers, posing their biggest threat to getting out of the jungle alive. The pace of the novel is brisk and filled with action and suspense. Each scene is set with vivid and almost rhythmic descriptions, as if the author has firsthand knowledge of the South American jungle. She also interjects extremely detailed historic information about the region and its inhabitants. While adding to the interest of the novel, the level of detail presented through the dialogue of the two main characters made me wonder how/if the two men would discuss such historic detail, filled with complex names and places, while facing hunger, scorching heat, and survival. Action/adventure/suspense is my favored and most-read genre. “When the Jaguar Sleeps” met my expectations throughout. The plot was gripping, the characters were captivating and believable, and the pace was rapid. Best of all, the ending leaves room for a sequel. I’ll be sure to check it out.

  • Getty Ambau
    2019-03-27 14:48

    All the elements of a good story are in this novel: suspense, unexpected turns, drama, tension, unraveling problems or hardships. All of these test a character’s will and the durability of his or her spirit. They keep the reader glued to the story. . . . Good pace, good descriptions, just enough to give context to the storyline.Six people, including the pilot and a local guide, take off from a Quito (Ecuador) airport on single-blade propeller Cessna. The tourists—a Swiss couple, a Belgian named, Florent and a French man, called Didier—had arranged a five-day tour of the Amazon rainforest. Each person had his or her own reasons to be on this tour, aside the fact that the traveling agency which arranged the trip for them had promised “an unusual wilderness experience, each day filled with different activities: wild-life and bird watching, trekking tours through the jungle and, the highlight, meeting one of the last wild Indian tribes.”This dream vacation is not meant to be. The plane runs into a rainstorm, terrifying turbulences and eventually gets hit by a lightening, causing it to tumble down and crash into the thick wilderness below. Four of the six people survive the crash but only the French and the Belgian men are ultimately able to leave the crash site and find their way out of the jungle. From here on this journey turns into an unraveling adventure that keeps the reader hooked: tormenting mosquitoes, oppressing heat, clammy air, blood-sucking leaches, disorienting fogs, hunger, thirst, threats from wild animals, wild tribes and grave robbers (of an ancient Inca burial cave). An amulet that Florent picked up from this cave for good luck turns into a misfortune, as he ended up being shot by one of the treasure hunters as the two travelers flee from the site. Only Didier came out alive out the jungle. Even he may be doomed. A camouflaged old Jaguar art piece that somehow managed to follow him to France is the culprit, a manifestation of ancient crime perpetrated by the Spanish invaders to a noble Inca king. . . The end was a bit anticlimactic. It felt more like a pause than a summary or conclusion of the preceding narrative.Overall: Suspenseful . . . adventurous. . . edifying.

  • Morgyn Wade
    2019-03-29 13:04

    J. A. Kalis writes with a clear and straightforward tone, cutting out any unnecessary fluff and leaving raw story behind. It makes for a fast paced easy read that keeps you engaged. The story progresses quickly and you are easily sucked in after only a few short pages. What starts out as a promising jungle adventure soon turns into a nightmare for the six people who were on a plane heading for their all-inclusive tour of the Amazon. The plane crashes and after a few days of huddling together and trying to survive there are only two survivors out of the six. Alone and in unfamiliar terrain Florent and Didier strike out into the jungle in hopes of finding a village. But their danger only increases as they find themselves drawing closer and closer to the heart of the jungle and the tangle of vines are the least of their worries. Between ancient treasures and angry headhunters this story was a thrill from start to finish, filled with intrigue and excitement. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a thrilling tale of adventure and survival.

  • Dora Ilieva
    2019-04-16 13:44

    “When the Jaguar Sleeps” is a fast paced action-adventure novel set in the Ecuadorian jungle. A group of tourists become victims of a plane crash in which only two of them survive. In their attempts to find a way back to civilization, the two survivors come across a hidden treasure, a group of well-armed grave robbers, and an Indian tribe who resent the intrusion into their land and kill one of the men. The last remaining survivor goes through a myriad of challenges before he finally reaches what he thinks is a safe haven. The novel ends in a twist. The long tentacles of the illegal organization which smuggles ancient artefacts out of Ecuador reach across the ocean and erase any hope of normal life. Didier now knows he will never be safe. The book provides ample information about the Inca culture. Its rapidly developing plot line and the detailed, breathtaking descriptions of the scenery make it a very enjoyable read.

  • Gina McKnight
    2019-04-14 15:13

    J.A. Kalis is a good writer, drawing you into the storyline; you feel like you are in the jungle with the two main characters, Didier and Florent. The two men have traveled to South America; Didier looking "to see wildlife in its natural settings" while Florent hopes to be looking for "a bit of risk and a tough jungle challenge." Arriving by airplane, or rather crashing by airplane, the story begins with intrigue, excitement, drama, and adventure - all the things that make a great jungle/adventure story. Weaving their way through the thick underbrush and jungle terrain, the pair encounter unexpected scenarios that will keep you engaged. The author leaves room at the end of the novel for a sequel.

  • Martin Perks
    2019-04-08 16:48

    This was a South American jungle adventure of the highest order. All right so it may have been done before, but when you read the book, it appears fresh and true to life. An airplane crashes in the South American jungle and when no one comes to rescue them, they decide to go it alone. It is a journey fraught with danger, and only two of the six survive. It’s a battle of survival that grips you from start to finish, and leaves you wanting more. The characters are well developed and plausible and as their journey reaches an exciting climax that brings out the best and the worst in them. As there aren’t too many adventure novelists out there, I think it should do really well. The author reminds me a little of Wilbur Smith in his heyday, and would make a great movie.

  • Cruikshank
    2019-04-17 18:47

    Loved it!I absolutely loved reading this and thought it was an amazing jungle adventure book. The characters are fun and engaging and the story is filled with action and intrigue. I couldn't get enough, and I loved the way the author cranked up the emotional tension and never really let it go back down. The characters are pulled from one tough situation and into another with barely enough time to catch their breath, and it makes the entire story interesting and entertaining.It ends leading up to another book, which makes me excited to think that there will be follow-ups. This author does an amazing job of bringing us into this world, and I'm really looking forward to reading more works by him.Great read!

  • Dunnett Albert
    2019-04-11 14:03

    "When the Jaguar Sleeps" is a great story for the adventurous spirit! If you enjoyed Indiana Jones, you'll appreciate this book too. Well-researched details about the Amazonian location really set the scene as you follow different story lines on quests for safety, adventure, and treasure!The story is told in the third person following several different characters and their own motivated agendas, whilst dealing with the reality of their individual circumstances. Looming over the entire story is a great tale of Incan treasure and a possible curse on all who may find it, I won't spoil the ending so you must read how it ends!

  • Mark Kasniak
    2019-03-29 14:53

    I really enjoyed When the Jaguar Sleeps; it had everything a fast-paced survival through the jungle story should have. Opening up with a superbly well-done plane crash scene, the book’s main characters (Didier and Florent) find themselves forced to be their own rescuers as they trek out of the jungle. Along the way, treasure is found, villains pursue them, and the environment takes its toll as the two of them fight for survival. The story was very well written and easy to follow, it moved at a fast-steady pace and never got bogged down or boring. Adventure readers will love When the Jaguar Sleeps. A++

  • Om Chand
    2019-03-27 20:01

    J.A. Kali’s comes across as a master storyteller. You feel like this is his tenth bestselling book. A dream vacation tuns into a nightmare as a small plane gets caught in a rainstorm and hit by thunder. Did everyone survive? Well, without revealing the plot, this crash started unending and most unpredictable adventures for the survivors. Florent’s pain is so naturally depicted. The whole experience reminded me of a journey when i had traveled on small planes across islands in Hawaii, nothing comparable to this adventure though :)When The Jaguar Sleeps is a walk into the worst possible nightmare unraveled in the most amazing manner.

  • Joannes Rhino
    2019-04-26 14:06

    When the Jaguar Sleeps is about survival story in a jungle after a plane crash. Since I love watching TV series "Lost", this book had me hooked from page one. To me, it's more about Psychology instead just a fast-paced thriller. Every character has own background and story to tell. One thing I love when reading a book is to get something at the end of the read. As for this, since the author seems an expert in Amazon jungle, I discovered a few interesting things for my personal needs. Thumb up for the author!

  • zam47
    2019-04-08 17:48

    I thought this was a great book. It follows the survivors of a plane crash in the jungle in Ecuador, who thought they were going on vacation but end up fighting just to stay alive. They've got to overcome starvation, injuries, tomb raiders, local tribes, and even the jungle itself. It has a touch of Indiana Jones mixed with survivalism. If you like adventure, and you like twists and turns, you'll love this book!

  • 251 Things To Do
    2019-04-14 12:00

    I wouldn’t compare this to an adventure novel, more like a survivalist novel in the bush. Quite similar to the setting of the series ‘Lost’ but simpler. A plane goes down with 6 people, the pilot dies, but everyone else survives. A search team is sent out to find them in the South American Amazon jungle. Each survivor has their own story to tell, various histories. If you are a fan of the TV show 'Lost', or dramatic survival stories, then you’ll love this.

  • John Mathews
    2019-03-31 15:53

    An excellent read, lots of excitement and action-packed. This one will keep you on your toes, an adventure as well as a drama, creating a lot of real life survival tests, and dangerous situations that are unforgettable. Perfect for drama and action-loving readers. Definitely worth the read!

  • Scott Spotson
    2019-04-05 11:54

    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.

  • Diana Drakulich
    2019-04-02 16:44

    When the Jaguar Sleeps by J.A. KalisArcheological Jungle MysteryThe author does an outstanding job of creating the ambiance and horror of `being there’ lost in the vast steaming swamp of an Ecuadorian jungle. Loved the history on Incan emperor Atahualpa's lost golden ransom and the wondrous excitement of a possible archeological discovery. From the reviewer’s wish list of improvements - The writing was clean and free of typos, however it seemed stilted and overly edited, especially the dialogue. More dialogue written in an earthy style would make the story more dynamic and build character. Since the book is primarily set in Ecuador, even a few words of Spanish would add a flair of local color and greater sense of reality. The surprise ending was clever but lacked drama and reader impact.

  • Jordan
    2019-04-06 15:48

    Judging by the ratings and reviews, I cannot wait to read this book!