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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Ebony Island by Linda Holz is a fictional story of monumental proportions. A series of Costa Rican islands are off limits to human visitors. The inhabitants were long thought to have died out but the dinosaurs are alive and kicking. A female velociraptor tries to save her infant from another dinosaur and, leaving it stranded on a ledge, she goes in search of help – human help. Laura Sinclair is a veterinarian with a passion for dinosaurs. She is the one the mother raptor is looking for. Bonding over the rescue of her baby, Laura is accepted by the pack. In a move that sickens Laura, the dinosaurs are taken from their sanctuary to Ebony Island, where they are pitted against each other in a sickening gambling ring. Laura’s husband is taken and it’s up to Laura to save Bradley from the jaws of death. This is a story of courage, of love, and of the will to survive – not just by Laura but by the dinosaurs as well.
Ebony Island by Linda Holz was something very different for me. When I first started to read it, I didn’t think I would enjoy it but, within a very short time, I was hooked. Linda Holz has hit on a winner here, in my opinion. The story is very well told and lots of thought has gone into it. It was part novel, part history lesson, and I learned quite a lot from reading it about dinosaurs and about computer hacking! Beneath the storyline is another one, that of the courage and love a mother has for her child, of the lengths she will go to in order to protect her family. I was impressed by the book and thought it written in an engaging manner. The only minor concern was a few grammatical errors. However, they did not spoil my enjoyment of the story.