NIGHT OF THE JAGUAR
ISBN# (10): 0-06-057769-X and (13): 978-0-06-057769-8
William Morrow (HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
Price: $7.99 U.S./$10.99 Canada
Rating: 4 Cups
Jimmy Paz works at Guantanamera, his mother’s restaurant. Once a detective with the Miami PD, he resigned after learning that shooting someone was an experience he could never repeat. Now he enjoys spending time in the restaurant and taking care of his wife, Lola, an extremely busy doctor, and his seven-year-old daughter, Amelia.
Moie is a shaman, and member, of the Runiya tribe in the rainforest in the Amazon. After a priest is murdered, he speaks to Moie before entering the spirit realm. Moie and his people are in danger when outsiders plan to come in and destroy the rainforest. With his jaguar god, Moie heads to Miami to face those bent on demolishing his home.
Paz no longer wishes to discuss any police work but when his ex-partner Tito Morales comes to talk about a case with him; he has a tinge of regret. Tito tells him the victim was yanked from the balcony and then opened like a can of beans in his garden, , with his throat and heart ripped out. The strangeness of it all points to either an Indian or a big cat in the area. It prompts Paz to recall some of the heart-thumping dreams he has dealt with of late, including visions of killings, a powerful figure, Amelia, and a large cat. In no time, Paz is forced back into police work and wrapped up in helping to solve the crimes when more brutal attacks take place. In Paz’s search for answers, he learns that someone named Moie is well aware of the jaguar. He claims to travel with one that is a god that helps him in his confrontations. Paz learns that Moie is not only interested in the rainforest but in Amelia, too. In no time, Paz is in the midst of the crimes, as he tries to unlock the strange dreams he has that seem to connect to his mother in some way. Paz is not certain whether these are dreams or hallucinations, but they feel, frighteningly and horrifically real. When Amelia begins having her own frightening nightmares, Paz must find answers soon before Amelia becomes the next sacrifice.
Night of the Jaguar blends the supernatural and science, creating a bone-chilling reaction in this exhilarating read. Gritty, provocative and superbly entertaining, Michael Gruber pens a well-written tale that does not disappoint. I was totally engrossed with the detailed descriptions of the jaguar. For a moment there, it was as if the jaguar’s eyes were staring straight through the pages. Moie, Paz, even little Amelia, are well-developed characters that heighten the tension in this entertaining thriller. The imagery amazes me, and the intricate story details make whether the jaguar is really some kind of god or shapeshifter a mystery. This thought-provoking story is one addictive read.
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