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Liane Vinson has made her peace with working at the fabulously rich and sinister animal-testing corporation called Pentalon. Then one of her charges in the primate lab, a bonobo--that's the chimpanzee subspecies famous for preferring love to war--named Bea utters what sound like actual, if indistinct, words, like "bowling-go," "en-decko" and even "Liane." Depending on where the reader falls regarding the novel's overwrought philosophical dialogues on the nature of sentience, a talking chimp could seem like either a novelty act or the most profound challenge to human supremacy and self-regard ever; to Pentalon's fantastically cruel CEO Axel Flickinger and his murderous security chief Vlad Gretch, Bea is the kind of animal-rights mascot that could tank the whole company. To save her from a laryngectomy, Liane busts Bea out of the lab and takes her on the lam, assisted by Mick, a mensch of a veterinarian. Pursued by Vlad as well as the ruthless, machine-gun-toting secret operatives of the Department of Agriculture, they turn to Liane's old flame Corey, an eco-fanatic whose rather sensible plan--put Bea on TV as an animal-rights mascot--Liane rejects as too tawdry an exploitation of her simian innocence. Readers who would rather not get involved with a talky, bitey and none-too-housebroken ape will feel a bit bemused by the multiparty war to take custody of Bea. Fortunately, the author turns the scrimmage into good, boisterous fun. Fishman is a deft, fluent writer who's great at turning out intricate action scenes, and he gives us appealing characters--even the chimp grows on you--to boot. Subplots about Liane's dying mom and the anguished Congolese family who started all the trouble add pathos and exoticism to the mix.
A hokey but entertaining thriller that's more fun than a barrel of overgrown monkeys.
Posted October 19, 2011
In PRIMACY the main character Liane Vinson seems like a regular gal getting on with life although not happy with what she does, she has convinced herself it is work and she could be worse off. Especially now with her new job promotion within Pentalon, a secretive animal testing and research facility. Liane had been working with rabbits, mice and rats but her new job has left her with feeling of doubt about her involvment in her new routine, when she finds herself working with a rare species of apes called bonobos. Liane begins to question the experiments being done to the primates, especially when two of the primates begin to show signs of speech. After deciding that saving the bonobos is more precious than her employment, Liane takes a huge risk and soon she is on the run through the streets of New York City. But not just from Alex Flickinger, Pentalon's CEO and his cold blooded sidekick Vlad Gretch, but also from Henley Pulsipher an undercover agent from the United States Department of Agriculture. Meanwhile in Africa near Congo Dikembe Kasa is having second thoughts about his recent poaching since his wife contacted Hemorrhagic Fever and died. Afraid he has been cursed he is on a mission to get back the konobos he had caught in the bush and sold off. Back in New York with help from her neighbor, now turned close friend Micky Ferrone, Liane fights her way through New York City as she learns who she can and cannot trust, while falling in love along the way. With a wide variety of interesting characters, Primacy does not disappoint in the engaging category. Catching my interest from the start I was lead on a journey that in no way left me hanging in the end. At first I thought Fishman was a little off when it came to Liane's character, as she seemed kind of crazed and having no solid plan as to where she was going or what she was going to do with her newly acquired stolen property. However Fishman slowly weaves in a plan and surprises along the way, I could not have guessed beforehand. I found Primacy to contain a quick pace that kept me guessing with many intense moments right to the very end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 21, 2011
"Primacy" by J.E. Fishman is a fictional book which covers a lot of ground, both geographically and storywise. The book is partially about animal testing and contains some difficult passages, however it's worth the effort.
Liane Vinson is a researcher in an animal testing facility for Pentalon in Farmngdayle, LI who just got a promotion to work in the monkey lab . However, one of her favorite primates, a bonobo called Bea, starts to display the ability to speak.
Bea becomes an asset to animal rights group and a liability to Pentalon and the government. Endangering her own life and that of her neighbor, the veterinarian Mickey Ferrone, Liane tries to save Bea from certain death and bring her back home from which she was abducted.
"Primacy" by J.E. Fishman starts fast and never lets go. The story revolves around a research ape, type bonobo, who has developed the ability to speak. This great ape, named Bea, doesn't talk in full sentences, but a word here or there. However it is enough for Liane, the book's heroine, to risk everything to save her.
While the book could have easily been rehashed as a genre type it reads fresh and exciting. Mr. Fishman's pacing is flawless and the narrative superbly entertaining. The writing style is intelligent and the action sequences are beautifully executed.
When I first started to read this book I thought "not another animal friendly book" and was waiting for the inevitable tirade to come about animal testing and our treatment of our fellow planet dwellers. To my surprise that tirade never came and the discussion of the moral and ethical issues on both sides is handles very well. However, animal testing and research is portrayed as evil.
The book moves around geographically, but in an even pace and the author doesn't simply drop his characters in an exotic locale but has a reason for them being where they are. I found the characterization to be believable and dimensional, even the bad guys were developed. My favorite character was a government black ops agent for the.Department of Agriculture.
While the book does involve some science, I cannot comment on the passages for better or worst simply because I don't know enough to do so. This is an intelligent book and even though the premise might be far reaching, Mr. Fishman certainly took great care into making it believable.
Author J.E. Fishman had a very interesting career in the book business; his blog is fascinating and enlightening.
While I didn't think that this book provided me with many answers (if there are any), I do believe it posed many thought provoking questions.
Posted September 10, 2011
Liane Vinson is an animal researcher working at Pentalon, a secret animal research facility on Long Island. Her workday includes driving through a crowd of animal rights protesters outside the facility.
Although the researchers are not supposed to become attached to their charges, Liane has a particular fondness for two young bonobo apes; a brother and sister. She discovers that these two apes can actually speak, something unheard of in the world of animal research.
Keeping the apes' talent secret, Liane is determined to protect the two, and she enlists the aid of her friend, veterinarian Mickey Ferrone. As bodies of her coworkers being to pile up, Liane and Mickey are on a worldwide race to find the origin of the two bonobos and a way to save them from extinction.
PRIMACY is a pleasant read, but too similar to others written by the likes of Michael Creighton or Robin Cook. Lynn Kimmerle, Monarch Book Reviews
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Posted September 8, 2011
An interesting setting (animal testing labs) for a fabulous thriller. Fishman gives chimpanzees a large role in his novel and it works fabulously. He also raises questions about animal testing and its limits which makes the read as informative as it is entertaining.
The kind of book you just can not put down and still think about a long time after you read it.
Posted August 15, 2011
As a busy mom with lots of distractions, it takes a lot to keep me engaged. Primacy was a perfect combination of thrilling story line, lots of action and great plot. Loved every minute!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.