2 out of 4 stars
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The Jaguar is a wild cat species specifically known as a stalk-and-ambush predator. This characteristic of the Jaguar relates very well to the attitude of a few of the characters in this story.
Preben ømen’s book - White Jaguar, is a detective thriller about the investigations of two Federal Policemen (Inspector Marco Nayal and Chuy) on the recently discovered dead body of Eduardo Garcia. Eduardo is the founder of a scientific laboratory called NANDEC. His lab has invented a biological device that will improve farming practices in any country. The invention is yet to be publicly revealed. Some foreign investors want him to make some changes to the prototype before closing the deal. Eduardo is not interested in turning the invention into a weapon against humans. Series of conspiracies and betrayals unfold that leaves lots of dead bodies in its trail. With insufficient evidence and lots of unanswered questions, Inspector Nayal, Chuy, and his team would have to catch the culprits before more dead bodies turn up.
I found the book to be more descriptive than narrative. The story seemed to have been written with the intent of creating vivid pictures of the action scenes in the reader’s imagination. This makes me want to recommend that the book be turned into a movie. The plot was average and had several interplay of events. The character development was gradual but effective. The author’s choice of words was also simple enough. These all contributed to making the story an easy read.
Having said that, I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. I did not give it a 4 because it had several Spanish words that were not translated. For example, “Buenos Dias.” This kept the reader in the dark sometimes. I also took out another star because it had more than 10 grammatical errors. For example, “We are have started looking into the business connection.” (Page 108). I gave it a 2 because it was an average read and had a very entertaining ending.
What I enjoyed most about the story was Leo’s sense of humor. Each time I read his discussions with Marco, it made me smile. My reason is that his unique personality encouraged me to continue reading the book.
I didn’t like the numerous grammatical errors I encountered in the course of reading this story. I found more than 10 of them. This was what I liked the least in the story. My reason is that it interrupted my reading. I had to read some sentences twice or thrice to understand what was being said.
I would recommend this book to lovers of detective and investigation thrillers. This is because there are lots of investigations in this story. Also, I would recommend this book to lovers of science inventions. My reason is that they will be interested in NANDEC’s invention. On the other hand, people who do not like detective stories would not like to read this book. People who have no serious interest in inventions may not want to read this book.
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