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Gone Wild (Thorn Mystery #4)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  355 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
From James W. Hall, the highly acclaimed best-selling author of Hard Aground, Mean High Tide, and Bones Of Coral, comes a stunning and superbly rendered new thriller in which the most deadly animals in the jungle are the ones that kill for money. With one poacher's bullet, a young woman's life is tragically, brutally taken--and her mother's is shattered forever.Thus begins ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Dell (first published 1995)
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Feb 17, 2011 Jonathan rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, thriller

Gone Wild is another entry in Hall's long running Thorn series, although Thorn himself doesn't show up for quite a number of pages. Told mostly from Allison Farleigh's point of view, this wild thriller about exotic animals, poachers and wildlife preservation has plenty of memorable characters. Maybe too memorable in some cases, as the bad guys in this book are quite over the top, both in craziness and money. Like all too many recent thrillers, it depends too much on stupid police. In one case, A

Cathy Smith
Jun 21, 2014 Cathy Smith rated it it was amazing
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. This was a really great book, with many twists and turns. I read it non-stop each day...I just did not want to put it down! The characters were very real, and I can see the situation happening even today. But one big question: whatever happened to Jason Bond? After the incident at the house, we never heard from him again. That felt like a loose-end that wasn't tied up. I will recommend this book and author. This was a very good story an ...more
Marilyn Pocius
Jun 10, 2016 Marilyn Pocius rated it liked it
This was compulsively readable. James Hall can really write but his characters are just so over-the-top and unbelievable that I can't always tell whether he's kidding. The bad guys here (Orlon and Rayon!) are so horribly evil in a stupid way, and then we have the REAL bad guy, who is even more evil and harder to accept as a human. Still it's a lot of violent, action-packed fun.
Aug 26, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it
#4 in the Thorn series. Thorn is a free spirited minimalist living in the Florida Keys. Usually a reluctant hero, extremely loyal Thorn is never-the-less a knight errant.

Thorn becomes entangled in the crusades of childhood friend Allison Farleigh, founder of the Wildlife Protection League, an organization dedicated to saving exotic endangered animals. When Allison's eldest daughter is shot dead while accompanying her mother and younger sister on the annual orangutan census in the wilds of Borneo
Dan Smith
Jun 23, 2015 Dan Smith rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth in a Thorn Series.. unfortunately, I was unable to locate the first three from my library.. It was an interesting tale and had a great deal of action and intrigue... enough to get me to want more
Apr 24, 2015 Marge rated it liked it
This 4th Thorn book is my favorite so far--though I have to say his bad guys are truly and violently bad!
Sep 29, 2015 Lori rated it it was amazing
I read this when it was first published and I loved it as I love all of all Hall's books
Apr 20, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2004
Sadly, 40,000 species gone forever.
Peter Fiske
Mar 05, 2014 Peter Fiske rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not your typical Thorn, he is not the primary character in this 4th book. Still very good reading and highly recommended.
Anthony Kufner
Sep 10, 2014 Anthony Kufner marked it as to-read
Jul 17, 2010 Marti rated it liked it
There is a fair bit of action in this book which deals with a woman who is the head of a group trying to protect endangered species, and some people who are trafficking in these poor animals. Early in the story, her older daughter is shot and killed by barbaric hunters who resent what the group is trying to do. The reader gets to follow what happens to an orphaned orangutan, some of which isn't very pretty. It takes place partly in Borneo, a little in the Middle East, and mostly in Florida.
Aug 06, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing
I love James Hall...if you like books about Florida, you'll like him too. I'm still getting through them, and so far I've not found any that I didn't like. Adore the Thorn character!
Like all the others, this was great.
Jul 22, 2013 Joan rated it liked it
This one is not really part of the Thorn series. Thorn appears a few times, but he hardly even qualifies as a minor character; he certainly isn't a main character.
May 04, 2013 Glennie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads, florida
This is the best of the Thorn series so far. The White brothers were psycho-hysterical. Even their first names cracked me up.
Aug 04, 2014 Wanda rated it liked it
Had expected the character Thorn to be in the action a bit more. Interesting info about animal trafficking.
Jul 13, 2008 Teri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At times, very hard to read, very good story, can't stand to read about cruelty to animals.
Jan 23, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
Hall writes a great mystery - how can you go wrong when your bad guys are Orlon and Rayon!
Barbara Bennett
Oct 21, 2010 Barbara Bennett rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
Given up. It just didn't hold my attention.
Dan Piette
Bad animal dealers in Sarawak and Miami
Jun 10, 2007 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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James Wilson Hall is an Edgar and Shamus Award-winning author whose books have been translated into a dozen languages. He has written eighteen novels, four books of poetry, a collection of short stories, and a collection of He also won a John D. MacDonald Award for Excelle
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