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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
When the Jaguar Sleeps: A Jungle Adventure is an exciting story by J.A. Kalis. Didier and Florent are the only survivors of a plane crash in a remote section of the Amazon jungle known for its hostile tribes. After giving up hope of being rescued, the injured men, frustrated by the sweltering heat, venture into the mosquito-infested jungle, looking for villagers to assist them. They come across a few murdered Indians and a gold artifact that Florent takes. The men eventually find shelter in an ancient Inca ruin rumored to contain Emperor Atahualpa’s treasure, interrupting the digging of a gang of ruthless looters.
When the Jaguar Sleeps is an engaging book by J.A. Kalis. He wrote an exciting treasure-hunting tale that I enjoyed immensely. The main characters, Didier and Florent, are interesting and very different in personality. Didier is more levelheaded and has survival skills while Florent constantly complains and makes rash decisions. The other characters are also convincing. I like the general pace of the story, which has terrific action in a nice jungle setting, and surprising twists in other settings with good visuals. When the Jaguar Sleeps: A Jungle Adventure is realistic and very well developed by the author, and it has a great beginning. The appealing cover illustration represents the story nicely as well. This book comes highly recommended.