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Official Review: The Intrepid by Jeff Tellier

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Official Review: The Intrepid by Jeff Tellier

Post Number:#1 by Mollymae
» 06 Jul 2017, 07:22

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Intrepid" by Jeff Tellier.]

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2 out of 4 stars
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The Intrepid is a fictionalized account of the discovery of a new, very intelligent species of cat in the Arctic. Written by Jeff Tellier, the story follows the cats as they migrate to Africa.

The protagonist is Ridge Garwold, a documentarian for a wildlife network. On a trip to the Arctic to film the effects of climate change on polar bears, he inadvertently comes across a new species of animal. He immediately starts filming and notices these cats are not like any others he’s studied. The animals, or Garwolds as he named them, have decided to migrate to Africa where they hope to find abundant food. Ridge decides to transport them while documenting the relocation and adaptation to their new environment. Once the Garwolds arrive, they encounter both predators and poachers as they establish a new territory.

The theme of the story is both interesting and relevant. When I started the book, I thought it might make a great read for young people to teach about the devastating effects of climate change. The plight of animals with how or even if they can survive in a warmer climate is timely. This would be an especially pertinent lesson given current events. However, the middle of the book incorporated graphic sex and violence that limited the fiction to a more mature audience.

The two main characters in the story are Ridge Garwold and his boss, Daphne Bain. They have a rather heated affair that feels out of sync with the rest of the story. Daphne is repeatedly described as beautiful, sexy, and powerful but we know very little about how she thinks or feels. The cast also includes some mercenaries called in to fight off the poachers. Although two are killed, they have not been developed as characters so it’s hard to feel the impact their death should have caused.

The book was written from a first person perspective alternating chapters between the cats and the documentarian. The animals, Sven, Thor, Sasha, and Kayla were extremely intelligent. However, I felt there was a plausibility problem. These cats understood Darwin, frequently debated the best course of action, and had a very well developed moral ethic. Even though they were unfamiliar with modern modes of transportation, the animals had no problem jumping on both a jeep and an airplane as they instinctively knew the machine's function. I felt the fiction lacked an explanation that would have led me to believe in the possibility that it could have really happened.

The author had a few tense and spelling errors throughout but not enough to take away from the story. I was somewhat distracted by repeated phrases or ideas. Daphne had a tendency to grab Ridge’s arm and It was mentioned more than a dozen times. The species was named after the protagonist and the reader was reminded of that fact throughout. I have rated this book at 2 out of 4 stars. Although I liked the author’s message, I feel the story generally lacked believability.

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Re: Official Review: The Intrepid by Jeff Tellier

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 28 Jul 2017, 07:21

Yeah, I don't think I'd really like this book. Thanks for the review, but I'm pretty sure I'll avoid it.
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Re: Official Review: The Intrepid by Jeff Tellier

Post Number:#3 by ZenaLei7
» 28 Jul 2017, 16:51

It's too bad that the story lacked believability. I don't think I would be interested in this book, but great job on the review!
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Re: Official Review: The Intrepid by Jeff Tellier

Post Number:#4 by The Researcher
» 01 Aug 2017, 00:03

Very intriguing plot. But I think it is more over the counter thinking that a cat knows how a plane or car functions. It is little difficult to believe. May be I am going to find out while reading the book. Your review made me curious regarding these cats.
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Re: Official Review: The Intrepid by Jeff Tellier

Post Number:#5 by testing123456
» 04 Aug 2017, 06:38

Great review!
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Re: Official Review: The Intrepid by Jeff Tellier

Post Number:#6 by kimmyschemy06
» Yesterday, 08:17

That was a very honest review. The premise sounds very promising. Too bad about the errors. Moreover, it sounds a little unrealistic and unconvincing. Good job on the review.
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