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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Zoolinguist is a crime-comedy fantasy novel written by S.A. Adams, and it takes place in 1930s America. Seventeen-year-old Mario Manzetti starts regaling his tale to fellow inmate Little Pete about how he came to be imprisoned at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. When circumstances render him an orphan, Mario is forced to grow up at the State Rescue School for Boys, where he quickly makes friends with a delinquent dog named Ted. After leaving the school, Mario finds himself working at a circus, where his popularity draws the attention of two federal agents who track people with special abilities like his. As the agents pick up his trail, Mario must escape from prison and find sanctuary for the new friends he has rescued from the circus.
Author S.A. Adams has crafted a rollercoaster of a story that entertains you from start to finish. The Zoolinguist reads like a fantasy version of the hit movie Catch Me If You Can. The plot moves at a blistering pace, with plenty of thrilling moments that keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters are quirky, with colorful and distinct personalities, encouraging readers to get invested in them more and more. Some of the character interactions were genuinely hilarious, and any conversation between Mario, Red (a dog), and Barnaby (a gorilla) was always a scene-stealer. I didn't find a single dull moment throughout, and the dialogue was always laced with wit and humor. If you're looking for a delightful crime-comedy drama involving some fantastical elements, I would highly recommend The Zoolinguist.