General Jack and the Battle of the Five Kingdoms

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
249 Pages
Reviewed on 10/27/2020
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Author Biography

David Bush is a medical doctor specialized in haematology. He was born and raised in Malta.He emigrated to the UK but returned to his first home in 2003 where he still practices. He is the co-founder of a support group for patients with blood cancers. Apart from a medical book, he has published extensively in international medical journals.He is a reviewer for selected scientific journals.He is also a regular guest contributor to a popular political blog. Three reasons converge to explain his venturing into the realm of self-publishing. He gave up his private practice to spend more time with his young nephews who inspired him to attempt novel writing. He is a DIY enthusiast for any type of job. He also nurtures a lifelong love of literature.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In a dark kingdom ruled by a merciless leader, King Roar, and his fierce, bloodthirsty felines, the five animal kingdoms live in fear and battle to survive. In General Jack and the Battle of the Five Kingdoms by David Bush, when a young ten-year-old boy named Jack arrives from another land, he shows the animals that if they came together as one, they could easily defeat King Roar. Together, Jack and Miaow, the modest head of the cats, plan their deadly mission; to defeat the seemingly undefeatable. As the war against their enemy comes ever closer, can they truly unite the animal kingdom and bring about their freedom? Jack and Miaow realize that they have only one chance at victory and if they do not succeed they will be finished forever. But little do they realize that their friendship will last an eternity and change the animal kingdom completely.

On the surface, General Jack and the Battle of the Five Kingdoms by David Bush seems like an exciting adventure story and the friendship between a young boy and a timid tabby cat, but the plot is multi-layered and has so many life lessons entwined throughout. Jack, who becomes General Jack, teaches the animal kingdom that by coming together and using their unique talents, they are a force to be reckoned with. Anything can be achieved, even the seemingly impossible if you believe it to be so. The build-up to the battle scenes was amazing and filled with brilliant tension, especially when General Jack and King Roar come face to face. The friendship between Jack and Miaow was one of the finest relationships I have read in a long time and there are some quite heartbreaking scenes between them. The plot encompasses not only life lessons but also political and social topics too. The storyline reminded me a lot of Animal Farm. The author has created a most wonderful story with strong and realistic characters that you genuinely care about. The ending is spectacular and reminds us that life goes on and why it is important to leave your mark for future generations.