Release Date: 18/08/11
In Atlanta, Charlie Cortez MD diagnoses his mistress with an unknown neurodegenerative disease that is inducing violent and bloody psychosis. The apparent cause? Consumption of infected human flesh…
In Vienna, Dr. Reeta Kapoor, eminent anthropologist, is forced to travel to a remote Indian archipelago in order to rescue her brother – he has become embroiled in a plot to thwart the colonization of a mysterious and scarcely contacted native tribe and is in grave danger…
In Dubai, Kelly Maelzel, in-demand Australian zoologist, is blackmailed into accepting a new job – protecting the visitors to a strange new project. A millionaire philanthropist has created a game reserve where the livestock are particularly violent, unpredictable… and human.
The link: Savage Island, a four-day eastward sail from Chennai and home to the most fearsome legend in the Bay of Bengal; a cannibalistic tribe of natives who ritually destroy anyone unfortunate or foolish enough to set foot on their tropical paradise island. But one megalomaniac wants to sell that paradise to the world. Unfortunately, the natives have other ideas.
With so many thrillers out there aiming more for the Da Vinci Code type vibe, its refreshing when an author takes a new path. What Alex Chance has managed to do with this title is bring cannibalism, action and of course a hidden secret to the fore in this no holds title.
Add to this a great writing style, solid prose and decent characters to keep the reader glued and it was a satisfactory read from the first page to the last, although that said, it does feel like a novel of two halves as the first is more character driven with the second being more action packed. That said, I did have a lot of fun and I’ll definitely have to read another title by this author in future.