Night of the Jaguar (Jimmy Paz #3)
Deep in the jungles of Colombia, an American priest is shot dead in his makeshift church.
A few weeks l ...more
This book combines elements of the detective story and the supernatural. Reading it, you encounter witchdoctors, corporate greed heads, Columbian thugs, an odd collection of environmentalists, Santeria, and an ex-de ...more
Paz, a retired detective and son of a Santeria priestess, floats uncomfortably between the "real" world and the ...more
Η κεντρική ιδέα μου άρεσε και με κράτησε. Ένας ιθαγενής από την Κολομβία, μυημένος στα μυστικά της μαγείας και του υπερφυσικού, φτάνει στο Μαϊάμι κι αρχίζει να σκοτώνει τους μεγαλομετόχους της εταιρίας που αποψιλώνει το δάσος όπου ζει η οικογένειά του, μεταμορφωμένος σε ιαγουάρο. Ο Παζ, ο πρωταγωνιστής (ήρωας και στα άλλα βιβλία του συγγραφέα Στον τροπικό της νύχτας και Η κοιλάδα των οστών) μυείται στα μυστικά της μαγείας για να τον αντιμετωπίσ ...more
_Night_ is told from several perspectives, and yet it is still clear and readable. I like the author's ability to bring all of the stories together in fascinating ways: varied academia; varied ch ...more
2. A pet peeve of mine - a major character within a series has a character flaw, goes through a difficult but ...more
We all have brains, we all possess varying degrees of intelligence, and we all are ph ...more
First the good part, which is the bulk of the story. Mr. Gruber's characters are excellent. All of the major characters are really well drawn, three-dimensional people with interesting personalities. He presents them, warts and all, as fully formed people. The minor characters drive the plot and have enough depth so that their actions make sen ...more
As it turns out, I do read this fairly regularly and while not the very best of the series I found it better with more reading. This time, the idea that stood out was how people interpret the same information so differently, and how much easier it is to accept the ridiculous over the impossible. I like Gruber's exploration of existence.
The last of this "series" - the three pretty much stand on their own, but I like to read them in "order (Tropic, Valley, Night). However, not o ...more
Critics raved about the first two novels in the Jimmy Paz trilogy; Night of the Jaguar is not as universally loved because of hard-to-stomach coincidences and strained plausibility. No matter; author Michael Gruber possesses a flair for words and setting that will carry any reader through this heated tale. He makes great use of his meticulous research by delving deep into Cuban Santeria rituals, the repercussions of environmental clear-cutting, and the taxonomy of fig wasps (perhaps too much so)...more
I was amused to learn that ...more
He is generally acknowledged to be the ghostwriter of the popular Robert K. Tane ...more