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The Last Thylacine Paperback – 1 August 2005
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Naturalist/Writer/Photographer Other fine books by Terry Domico: WILD HARVEST
BEARS OF THE WORLD
KANGAROOS: THE MARVELOUS MOB
THE NATURE OF BORNEO (Photography) Winner of the Washington Governor Writer's Award
- Publisher : Turtleback Books (1 August 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 232 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1883385156
- ISBN-13 : 978-1883385156
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However, the seeds of Matthew's training and love of nature soon sprout conflict within his soul and the battle between capitalistic gain and conservationism began their relentless salvos against one another.
This story conjures up images of "Gorillas in the Mist" (Jane Goodall), the movie, "Hatari" (John Wayne), Tom Clancy's "Rainbow Six", and even perhaps, the ghostly images of Jurassic Park and even... the Rainbow Warrior incident.
Terry Domico has given the reader a fun and interesting read. Perhaps someday, someone like... Matthew Clark will come along and dispel the notion that "Benjamin" was the last living Thylacine to pass away at the Hobart zoo in 1936.
It's short, coming in at less than 300 pages. In the shortness, a lot of parts seem greatly rushed. Honestly a good tenth or so of the book is devoted just to camera locations and setup, which would be fine and well if it was a book for photographers or something along those lines, but it's not. Characters seem to be a paradox of sorts, doing complete 180's at the drop of a hat. Also there's at LEAST 2 or 3 parts where a good page or two, even three maybe, is devoted to someone slipping and falling down some sort of rockface or other, and it quickly felt more like a gimmick than anything. A good portion of the writing seems almost "insincere" if you will, which is something which a book with an environmentally leaning premise should not be. It's also pretty forgettable. In trying to come up with enough stuff to review on, I'm finding it hard to remember enough to comment on, which is not a good sign.
Look, I wanted to like this book I really did. It's quite hard for someone outside of Australia to find thylacine-related merchandise of any sort (outside of Ebay perhaps), and I'm one of the people who feels that they are still out there somewhere. I was totally rooting for this to be a good book, it's something that in theory should have been right up my alley. But it just wasn't, and I honestly can not see how the other reviewers on here can be so positive about it.