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Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Case of the Cursed DoDo by Jake G. Panda

The Case of the Cursed Dodo
ISBN: 9780990939115
Publisher's Synopsis:
If you're looking for trouble, you've found it. The name's Jake G. Panda, and trouble seems to follow me wherever I go. I work in the protection racket at a flophouse for endangered critters called the Last Resort. I'm the hotel snoop. The resident fuzz. It's my job to keep these guests safe and outta harm's way. This is the first of my many misadventures. A wild and woolly mystery involving a lost suitcase, a green bird, and a bunch of double-crossing animals. I'm calling this jungle noir The Case of the Cursed Dodo.
This hilarious first installment of The Endangered Files follows Jake, a hard-boiled panda detective, and an unusual cast of endangered creatures on a globe-trotting adventure that will appeal to young and old alike.

MrsK's Review:
"Dear Readers: This is not your garden-variety book.
It's actually a long-lost movie.
And the story's written in a rare film format called Endanger'D'Scope.
That means it might read a little different than what you're used to.
Don't be alarmed.
Think of yourself as a brave explorer, venturing into an uncharted type of fiction.
Something I'm calling Jungle Noir.
Now grab yourself a bucket of popcorn and kick back.
The show's about to begin..."

Every time I open a new book I discover a new connection with writer's. Everything about this opening "hook" promised an encounter with unexpected twists and turns which leaves you wanting more Jake G Panda cases.

As the case begins, Jake is in his "caged" office in the deep Moroccan forest:
"How'd I get in this jam?
It has somethin' to do with a lost suitcase,
a green bird, and a bunch of double-crossing animals."

It all began in a "little joint" called the Last Resort where Jake works as the hotel "snoop" (the go-to guy, you know the detective that protects the occupants and anything valuable). "Protection" is his business and everyone knows to go to his office, Room 618.

On this day, Jake receives a postcard from the Professor who is always "hopping the globe," in search of any type of endangered artifacts. Little does Jake know that within minutes he would be getting an anxious phone call from the Professor. It seems that the Professor is in trouble, he located a mysterious suitcase in the Moroccan desert and it appears that he was being followed. I must warn you that thinking you are being followed and being nabbed in mid-sentence are not the same situations. What else could Jake do... he had to find the Professor which would all begin once he finds his way to the Critter Bazaar. Will he be able to find any type of a lead about the Professor? What could be so valuable about an old suitcase?

With a "free-falling" entrance, Jake enters the Midnight Oasis (a real sleazy joint). Unfortunately for Jake, the sleazy... no good... bad to the spine (more like slime) bad guys are everywhere. Once they know he is looking for the suitcase and the Professor, all sorts of mayhem is set into motion, including being poached as an endangered species (worth big bucks to those who are not so nice).

After an escape with the Professor, Jake finds himself in an underground tunnel with Nina the jackrabbit who has all the right moves. Her connections will get them back to the Last Resort. Would you have thought that a jackrabbit in camo could best everyone? Of course being connected with the Endangered Underground has its perks.

Whether its the twists and turns in a Moroccan bazaar, or it could have been the disastrous train attack,  and then again it might have been all the "shady" doings within the hotel (a huge revelation for our hotel detective)... regardless, you will be on the "brink" of laughter with every "sleuthing" detail. There is no character "un-described" that will not have you convinced that this detective is the real-deal... a true to the mold "gumshoe."

Are you wondering about the Dodo in the title? Sorry, I do not disclose any of the details that would keep you from opening this mystery... besides, you wouldn't believe me...  

As the reader, you are going to enjoy this journey... have fun!
A perfectly delightful mystery... 
A must enjoy for every independent reader!
Get it for your classroom and/or school library shelves.
 Meet the Author:
 Jake G. Panda  Jake G. Panda is a hard-nosed bear investigator. He likes bamboo and saving endangered animals. He is the author of The Endangered Files, a mystery series about his misadventures in the protection business.

His partner in crime, the fella who helps write these books because, let's be honest, it's not easy typing with big, clunky bear paws, resides somewhere in New England. He has written his fair share of stuff, mostly for the big screen. And some of it has actually been projected. He likes to keep a low profile and lets Jake do all the talking.
"I received this book for free for this review."

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