December 2010/ ISBN 978-0062041517
by Barbara Buhrer
looting of the Bagdad Zoo in the early days of the Iraqi revolt
in 2003 12 year old Makeen and his young brother observed two men
dressed in khaki uniforms remove a large metal suitcase containing
embryos from a secret facility at the zoo.
years later, a US Border Patrol helicopter lands in the New Orleans
Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species to take Lorna
Polk, a Louisiana state veterinarian, to an abandoned trawler in
the Mississippi Delta. In the boat Polk sees cages filled with bizarre
creatures. She joins forces with US Border Patrol agent, Jack Menerd,
to try to uncover the truth about the bizarre cargo. One of the
mutant beasts escapes and runs amok across the countryside. They
must capture it before it wreaks havoc and threatens the future
This is a fast
exciting page turner. There are suspenseful moments with animal
attacks, gunfights and abductions. There is a debate about the implications
of experimenting with animal research and its wisdom.
with Mother Nature or bear the consequences.