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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  56 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Savage World Deep in the jungled hell of Big Tamtung, a miraculous material is found that will unlock the secrets of life on Earth--Prima Materia, whispered about since Biblical times. In the 19th Century, Charles Darwin discovered the last pool of Prima Materia on Big Tamtung but his discovery was suppressed by The School of Night, a powerful secret society. Now, when a s ...more
Paperback, 436 pages
Published June 18th 2010 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published June 11th 2010)
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Tim Byrd
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp
"This whole thing sounds like the plot for a lot of B movies."

Thus speaks one of the main characters in Mark Ellis's dinosaur adventure, Cryptozoica, and the statement reflects what I expected going in with this novel. I had reservations based on a handful of factors. The cover was brightly colored and a tad cheesy. I knew that Mr. Ellis had been a writer for Harlequin's Gold Eagle line of macho testosterone-and-explosions books, and frankly my limited exposure to Gold Eagle books over the years
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
It reads like Conan Doyle/Jules Verne/Michael Crichton
Dinosaurs, fountain of youth, bad man made good.
Throw in the triads and a woman palaeontologist and you have the general idea.
Some of the dialogue gets bogged down, especially the science and pseudoscience (and that's coming from a scientist!)
Melissa Ellis
Oct 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Cryptozoica. It's such a good adventure story, full of twists and turns and vivid characters. I love the art in it, as well.
Nathan Meyer
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Solid, cinematic-style pulp thriller. Page turner of a plot with colorful, well constructed characters and a great high concept. I really enjoyed this one.
Ralph Carlson
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A pulp thriller. If you like Edgar Rice Burroughs, H. Rider Haggard, and simular writers, you will like this book. A fun and fast moving read.
Leonid Korogodski
Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Adventure done right

Mark Ellis is a prolific writer, well known for the stories written as James Axler (including the popular Outlanders series) as for those written under his own name. A firm grip on the adventure aspect of storytelling is his forte, and Cryptozoica is a fine example of this. This is an adventure done right. I can easily see it rolling onto the big screen as naturally as a newborn coming out of a womb, already perfect, with hardly a change necessary. Somehow, Mark has managed t
Ralph L Jr.
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Book Review of Cryptozoica by Mark Ellis

I went into reading ‘Cryptozoica’ with a slight amount of apprehension, but the subject matter appealed to me. An island filled with dinosaurs that lay undiscovered by modern man, and the cover depicted raptors and a T-Rex type of Dino. Queue up the ‘Jurassic Park’ music!
While there were some similarities between the two properties it was not enough to spoil my enjoyment of this book. I have to give Mark Ellis credit; the amount of research he had to do t
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cryptozoica by Mark Ellis should have been a New York Times bestseller. It was better than anything I saw on the New York Times bestseller list this year (or most years for that matter) and outside of Viktoriana by Wayne Reinagel there is no other book I’ve read recently that told such an epic story so well. And epic is the key word here. This is one of those books that you pick up and begin reading and within a few pages you say to yourself WOW! Cryptozoica represents how pulp style adventure n ...more
Aug 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book had serious promise as the action and understory were very well done and compelling. However, its pseudo-science combined with some of the strongest hate speech against the Bible and fundamentalists I have ever read show the author's inner bigotry and ruin the book's pleasant diversion. As it is also deliberately written to be continued, there really is not an ending. This leaves open too many threads to feel any satisfaction upon close.
Jul 25, 2010 rated it liked it
This is like when you watch a cheesy horror movie and hardly anyone dies. You keep waiting for people to get eaten by the dinosaurs but only two do. What a rip off. Also, numerous formatting errors. Really not worth $25.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable pulp-fiction style romp, part 'Lost World', part 'Tales Of The Gold Monkey' and part 'Da Vinci Code' this book is enormous fun.
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