When Indian workers begin to disappear from an expedition into the Amazon, fifteen-year-old Jake fears that his father, a bat biologist, is in great danger. Against his dad's wishes, Jake flies to Brazil and joins his father's research team, working high in the canopy of a remote stretch of the rain forest. Unfortunately, Jake's first climb up the ...
When Indian workers begin to disappear from an expedition into the Amazon, fifteen-year-old Jake fears that his father, a bat biologist, is in great danger. Against his dad's wishes, Jake flies to Brazil and joins his father's research team, working high in the canopy of a remote stretch of the rain forest. Unfortunately, Jake's first climb up the rope bridges and suspended walkways of the dense forest leads him to discover the mutilated bodies of the missing Indians-and triggers a terrifying, explosive attack by an unknown winged beast. For a while the biologists and workers hunt the savage beast, but when Jake's father is attacked, it becomes clear that the hunters are now the hunted. Jake realizes that it is up to him to find some way of stopping the nightmarish creature before it returns to slaughter the rest of the expedition.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-10-27 A 15-year-old boy joins his father's research team in the Amazon, and a gigantic bat terrorizes the campsite. In PW's words, "There is plenty of excitement to satiate readers who crave a thrill on every page." Ages 10-14. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-07-30 Cut from the same cloth as Zindel's previous horror stories (Reef of Death; Rats), this novel has yet another scientific-minded teen matching wits with a mutated beast. Here, a gigantic bat terrorizes the research team of Jake's father, Dr. Lefkovitz. The author once again presents the monster's reign of terror in graphic details ("The creature that held him was convulsing, the whole of its body shaking, vomiting fluids directly into his throat and mouth"). This time, however, he devotes less attention to developing characterizations and theme. The motive of 15-year-old Jake, a reformed prankster joining his father's team in the Amazon, is to gain his father's respect ("On this trip, Jake was determined to prove himself to his dad, who thought Jake couldn't take anything seriously"). Meanwhile, Dr. Lefkovitz, stereotyped as a scientist totally absorbed in his work, has little faith that his son can cut the mustard. When the gigantic bat terrorizes their campsite, killing and maiming several men, Dr. Lefkovitz is determined to capture the monster alive. After his attempts fail, Jake predictably gets his chance to save the day. The narrative sacrifices substance in favor of gore; but while the book offers few surprises, there is plenty of excitement to satiate readers who crave a thrill on every page. Ages 10-14. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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