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By Laurence Gonzales

Laurence Gonzales’s electrifying event opens within the jungles of the Congo. Jenny Lowe, a primatologist learning chimpanzees—the bonobos—is working for her life.

A civil warfare has exploded and Jenny is trapped in its crosshairs . . . She runs to the camp of a fellow primatologist.

The rebels have already been there.

Everyone is useless other than a tender lady, the daughter of Jenny’s brutally murdered fellow scientist—and competitor.

Jenny and the kid flee, Jenny grabbing the notebooks of the primatologist who’s been killed. She brings the woman to Chicago to look ahead to the invention of her relations. the lady is fifteen and lovely—her identify is Lucy.

Realizing that the kid has no residing family members, Jenny starts off to deal with her as her personal. while she reads the notebooks written via Lucy’s father, she discovers that the lovely, stunning, magical Lucy is the results of an test.

She is a component human, half ape—a hybrid individual . . .

Laurence Gonzales’s novel grabs you from its establishing pages and also you stick with it, mesmerized through the shy yet fierce, splendidly profitable Lucy.

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She watched the fog rise all night long and then before morning saw the moon dissolve and heard the dogs begin to bark. The dogs frightened her. When Jenny had gone to sleep, Lucy had opened the window to let the air in. She removed her clothes and lay out on the bed and gazed at the sky through the trees. When the moon swung into view she felt a sadness in her stomach, an aching for home. She mused on her home, thinking that she’d likely never see it again. She felt a longing to drink in the aroma, the million scents of flower and dung, of water and life, of the exploding growth, the eternal rot.

After breakfast Jenny led Lucy to the den and showed her how the remote control worked. Lucy pushed the button to turn it on. But when the image came to life and the sound began to blare, she dropped the remote and put her hands over her ears, a look of pain creasing her face. Jenny couldn’t help but laugh. She picked up the remote and pressed the mute button. “Sorry. I don’t know why it’s turned up so loud. Oh, Nydia. The house sitter. ” She handed Lucy the remote. “Play with it. ” Then Jenny retired to her study to work.

All night long she heard the fighting fade, then move closer, then fade again. Twice in the night she smelled the smoke. Morning came slowly. A mist began to rise. The path narrowed, and she knew that soon she would see Stone’s camp. She’d been there only twice before. On both occasions she’d suggested that they work together, but Stone had politely pointed out that he had a feeding station for the bonobos while Jenny did not. The two approaches to research were incompatible. She had let it go.

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