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Lair of the Leopard

When I finished the previous Bear Grylls book Rage Of The Rhino I couldn’t wait until Lair of the Leopard arrived, and let me just say it didn’t disappoint.

Once again we meet Beck Granger, the orphaned child pursuing one goal; to save the world from evil corporations poisoning it. When we last saw Beck he was declared dead, and the LUMOS Corporation forgot all about him. Little did they know, he was climbing across the Nepalese mountains to take them down once and for all.

Bears Grylls has proved again and again that he can survive the wild. Now he has proven he can write a good book too! Bear writes a story with description; the anxiety of the characters’ problems makes the books addictive and you will be unable to put one down once you start reading. Bear’s knowledge of the wild is immeasurable, and he incorporates this into his books as much as he can. When the characters face a problem, it’s almost always life-threatening, and as they get weaker in their journeys the pressure grows on anyone reading, giving it a sense of reality unforgettable to the reader.

This book is amazing, Bear Grylls should be proud of the work he produced. I should mention that this is a series, and it is a series that must be read in order. But that isn’t a problem, all nine books are brilliant, and they eventually reach a climax sure to fill you with joy. This book, and all other Bear Grylls books, is stupendous, and I greatly recommend reading this series.

Red Fox

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Dylan

rage of he rhino

After discovering how excellent the last book in this series (Strike of the Shark) was, I doubted that Rage of the Rhino could be an improvement. How wrong I was.

This book continues the story of Beck Granger, a young hero who is determined to continue his parents’ legacy to save the world from pollution, poachers, and greedy companies that would do anything to make more money. After his adventure in the last book, Beck is wary about leaving the home. But disaster strikes when an e-mail shows up from an old friend of his parents. She is asking him to come to Africa so he can make a SAVE-THE-RHINOS campaign to discourage people who kill rhinos for their keratin and ivory. But it turns out all is not as it seems in Africa.

Like most Bear Grylls books, Rage of the Rhino provides life-saving information. Because this book is based in a safari setting, the tips include things like: that you can find safe drinking water from squeezing elephant dung, or that zebra stomachs make a great insulant for food.

This is an amazing book, the characters are relateable, the concept is understandable. It’s a simple story with a brilliant plot. I cant wait to read Bear Grylls’ next book!


Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Dylan

Review of Strike of the Shark

Mission Survival 6

At first I was a little dubious that a survivalist and scout master, Bear Grylls, could write a good novel, I could not have been more wrong.

This book continues the story of Beck, a kid whose parents died in a plane crash when he was young. His parents were eco-activists, and Beck intends to continue their legacy. In the past books, Beck ran into trouble on many occasions, in many different places, and survivng these instances has caused him to be very famous. This book highlights this early on because it’s the whole reason for the plot… Beck is tired of interviewers, paparazzi and other people seeking him out, so when an old friend of his uncle appears and offers him a vacation, he jumps at the chance. Unfortunately for him, things go horribly wrong.

Bear Grylls’ books teach life-saving knowledge, from easy ways to collect water or start a fire, to navigating by the stars. Although I hope I will never need to use that information, I’m glad I have it. This book in particular focuses on marine related knowledge, such as, that life boats are always boyant at the back end, and gives some essential first aid tips for the most dire of situations.

I enjoyed how Bear Grylls managed to give his information out in an easy-to-read book that will hook you like a fishing rod. I can’t wait for the next one!


Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Dylan

true grit

Bear Grylls introduces a collection of stories of real people who inspired him with their bravery and determination to survive. From famous explorers whose never-say-die attitude led them to attempt the impossible, to ordinary people unexpectedly caught up in life-threatening situations, this is a collection of some of the toughest feats of survival ever accomplished.

Condensed to appeal to younger readers, this book will appeal to all ages and both sexes. While mostly consisting of stories of men there are some tales of women, including NZ’s own Nancy Wake: The White Mouse. I really enjoyed the stories and hearing the tales of   courage and sheer stubbornness to survive; my favourite being the ‘Mad Scot Who Blew up Bridges and Train Tracks’ in Occupied France in WWII. Actually quite a few of   the mad bastards featured seem to be Scottish – as someone with Celtic roots this makes me proud!

Corgi Juvenile

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan