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Reviewed by Alex Ndirangu for Readers' Favorite
Whatever different people experience with love, one thing unites us all: we are all profoundly fascinated by it because we are social animals. Is it true, however, that a person's romantic preferences and the people they love have little to do with their genetics? The Green Cathedral by Kerry McDonald and Lee Tidball provides an intriguing sci-fi/thriller narrative that answers this question. In the story, we meet Abel, a former Navy Seal who is now a DEA agent. Dissatisfied with his job as a DEA agent, Abel goes dark, where he gets into trouble with Columbian cartels when their deals go wrong. He flees after the DEA assigns him a task in Costa Rica. While there, he meets a local drug lord who offers him a large sum of money for eliminating threats from an island that the drug lord intends to use for evil. In the deep jungle of the island, he meets Rimi, an extraterrestrial girl who has been living in the jungle canopy for many years after a violent landing destroyed her spacecraft. Abel develops a liking for Rimi because of her charisma and endearing nature. How will the romance between this unlikely couple progress? Will this creature's intelligence enable it to identify Abel's shadow self? Could Abel's discovery of love result in a positive change in him? Learn more by reading the book.
The descriptions are very detailed and paint a very clear picture for readers. From capuchin monkeys staring at Abel to a few earth clumps caused by the spaceship's violent landing, I could imagine a real fantasy world that I didn't want to leave. The narration's style was also flawless—neither overly complex nor overly flowery. It was fluid and fascinating. This resulted in a seamless reading flow that will grab readers' attention. I also valued Kerry McDonald and Lee Tidball's use of structural organization in the writing because it made it easier for me to follow the plot and reference sections, both of which I found interesting. The authors took care to give each character a unique but endearing personality. This element of The Green Cathedral allowed me to join the daily activities of the characters and gave the story's fictional premise a modicum of credibility. I think it is a superb piece of art that captures the ability of nature to add beauty to our lives.