The Jaguar’s Children By John Vaillant (224)

This novel is gripping and very rich as well as lyrical. It is a wonderful work of fiction where you will feel glued to each page until the whole book is read from beginning to end.

Hector, a young Mexican fleeing his homeland for a better life in the US pays to be smuggled across the border by unscrupulous coyotes, sealed inside the empty tank of a water truck packed with illegal migrants. With him is his friend Cesar—a biotech researcher escaping with critical data stolen from the country’s largest manufacturer of genetically modified corn.

Abandoned by the smugglers in the desert, they are left to die. Their only lifeline was a single phone. Hector reaches out to the one name with an American code—AnniMac.

As time slips away, he reveals what has brought him to this moment, taking us back to an older Mexico; to the lives and loves of his Zapotec grandparents and their ancient traditions, and into the harsh reality of a country fighting for its life and its culture against corruption and the industrial predations of its giant neighbour.

As legends fuse, finding the courage to survive is critical although very hard.

This is a story like no other that I have read for a long time.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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