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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
Na-Bolom: House of the Jaguar by Forrest J. Hayes is an awesome story! At the time I started writing this review, there were four reviews posted on Amazon.com. Those reviewers used words like: “a must read”; “a study in fact-filled fiction”; “a gripping adventure”; “a fast read”; “action filled drama”; “exciting, compelling tale”; “fascinating and intriguing”. I agree with every single superlative description they have used to portray this remarkably captivating, larger-than-life adventure tale. I’m frankly at a loss for words to explain how such a well-written, captivating, fascinating, gripping, exciting, compelling, intriguing, action filled must-read could possibly be Forrest Hayes’ debut novel. I have reviewed well over 1,000 books, and I sincerely believe this is the very first time I have encountered an author who properly used the word “myriad”! That may seem insignificant, but it only served to further impress me with this man’s talent when I learned this was his first novel.
Na-Bolom: House of the Jaguar takes the reader on an incredible journey spanning geography from Denver to the steamy jungles of Chiapas in Mexico, and spanning time from the present to the time of the dinosaurs and back again. Along the journey you will experience the terror felt by a herbivorous dinosaur as it is taken down by a Tyrannosaurus. You will survive an attack by a jaguar. You will face Mayan warriors and dance with a Mayan maiden. You will talk to the trees, and more importantly you will listen to them. Birds will lead you to safety. Fossils will come to life. Spirits of many life forms will guide your path. You will begin to recall intimate details from previous lives you have lived, back to the time before man was on the scene. You will experience all this and much, much more, presented to you in a brilliantly conceived package that just “feels right” as you journey within the tale. I cannot wait until Forrest Hayes submits another epic adventure for our delight and entertainment. Until then, you simply must read Na-Bolom: House of the Jaguar. It truly is an awesome story.