JACK AND THE JUNGLE LION
By Stephen Jared
This little book is such a breath of fresh air, I was delighted with it from page one to the end. Many of today’s action thrillers take themselves way too seriously. Actor, writer Stephen Jared knows how to blend slapstick with flying fists and this adventure truly has the feel and charm of an Indiana Jones flick.
The hero is Jack Hunter, known around the world for starring in B-Movie actioners. He’s on his way to South America to film yet another jungle potboiler and everything seems routine. Even better, aboard his chartered flight is a gorgeous animal trainer named Maxine “Max” Daniels accompanied by her orphaned niece and nephew, Lindy & Tyler.
But when the pilot has a heart attack and the plane goes down in the Ecuadorian wilderness, Jack quickly learns everything isn’t exactly like a movie script.
Jack, Max, the kids and tag-along co-pilot Clancy, have to brave wild animals and savage head-hunters to survive their all too real ordeal and along the way, Jack learns what it is to be a real hero, to put others before his own interests and to discover the meaning of true love.
JACK AND THE JUNGLE LION may not win any literary awards, but it’s amusing, rollicking tale will make you nostalgic for the old days of glitzy Hollywood when fantasy and reality where often too close to tell apart. Pick this book up, it’s just plain fun.