The Path of the Tapir


Fiction - Thriller - Environmental
362 Pages
Reviewed on 01/24/2022
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Author Biography

Michael Jarvis was born on an air force base and traveled regularly, living as a child in Alabama, Texas, Ohio, Guam, Georgia, and England. He graduated from Florida International University with degrees in Fine Arts and English, and lives in Miami, scouting locations for various film projects and writing fiction.

He is the author of the novels Field of Vision and The Path of the Tapir, and the novella collection, Dog-Head: Tales from the Neotropics. His next book will be a collection of stories and he has begun work on a novel set in Europe and Africa.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

The Path of the Tapir by Michael Jarvis is an environmental thriller. Peyton Paddington and Chloe Summers decide to travel to Costa Rica for fun, two college girls trying to find themselves while living it up. Death wasn’t in their plans but a fire at a palm oil company property ends in tragedy for the girls. The company hires Phillip Millege, a private investigator, to get to the truth and find a missing person, Ellis Hayden. He was the last person to see the girls before the fire and, with the help of several locals, Millege starts his investigation. However, the tables are turned when a mysterious mercenary turns the hunt on them with potentially terrifying consequences for everyone. Can Millege get to the bottom of the murders and will they find Hayden?

The Path of the Tapir by Michael Jarvis is more than just a thriller. It’s a story of environmental destruction and the consequences it has on human and animal life. It’s got everything you would expect – plenty of action, suspense, and mystery – along with a dash of terror thrown in for good measure. The characters are developed as real people that you can relate to and get to know well throughout the story, and the plot is unique, fast-paced, and with environmental aspects that are handled very well. There’s a lesson in this for all of us – if we don’t start looking after our planet, it will no longer have the ability to provide for us and will turn on us in ways we can’t imagine. A thought-provoking tale of suspense. Anyone who loves a good edge-of-your-seat thriller will love this.