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What if dinosaurs lived today?

27 Apr

Book Review: Behemoth, by Jonathan C. Leicht

What if dinosaurs were alive today? How would the scientific community respond? How would it affect the dialogue between those who support creationism and those who advocate evolution? Those questions lie at the heart of Jonathan C. Leicht’s novel, Behemoth.

The book tells the story of two groups of people searching for dinosaurs in Africa. One group comes from a game preserve in Kenya and is tracking a mysterious animal that is killing elephants and Cape buffalo. They track the mysterious animal all the way to Lake Victoria in Tanzania. The second group is made up of scientists searching for a legendary animal that lives in the Congo basin. Add in encounters with local tribesman, a missionary, double-crossing team members and guerilla warriors, and you have an exciting adventure and a “can’t-put-it-down” tale.

The author has crafted a well written, exciting story. On a search for adventure level, the book works well. However, when the characters are debating evolution versus creationism, the dialogue feels a bit preachy and the author tends to pontificate a bit too much. In those places, the book turns into an apologetic for creationism. While the author’s presents his points as factual and accurate, it felt like the story bogged down in those places. That being said, I enjoyed the book in the Kindle edition.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com http://BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Books

 

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