I received a copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are, of course, my own.
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In the Beast’s Cage
Publication Date: June 28, 2021
Length: 222 pages
Publisher: CPI Group
Harboring a dark secret from his past, immortal Lord Blake from medieval England arrives mysteriously in a sleepy coastal town in Georgia, USA. There he meets Hugo Wegener, an ex-doctor who is burdened with his own dark secret, and life-long resident Ginny Harrison, who is involved in her aging father’s absurd dream of refurbishing and reopening the town’s long-defunct zoo.
As Blake’s relationship with Ginny blooms, he finds himself involved in the insane zoo project and, when Bruce Kelly, an exotic game smuggler from South Africa, arrives in town on the eve of the grand reopening with a plan to rid the zoo of its valuable animal species, it is up to Blake, Hugo, and the old man to stop him, without revealing the terrible secrets of their pasts.
Mac is a Risk Management executive and Investor in Texas but moonlights as a writer, short-film maker, musician, composer and world traveller (or, was a world traveller in the pre-COVID days). In music, Mac has released 2 full-length albums (one of which is still available) and 2 E.P.s. Mac has published one humor book entitled 101 TIPS AND REVELATIONS FROM A MODERN DAY CYNIC (Black Rose Writing, 2017). IN THE BEAST’S CAGE is the first novel, but Mac has a second already in progress and no plans of slowing down.
Mac has also written countless blogs, poems, short stories, essays and movie scripts in addition to my more sprawling fiction projects. Because of their work in the Risk Management industry, Mac spends a great deal of time in London working closely with Lloyd’s and can be found in that country often as a result. Mac has a wife (Alejandra) and two children, a 3-year-old daughter (Sophia) and a 1-year-old son (Otto) who was born in the midst of this pandemic. Mac’s wife is a dual-citizen of Mexico and Spain and had been living in London for 2 years prior to us meeting.
My Thoughts & Takeaways
Talk about a ride. In the Beast’s Cage, we join Lord Blake on his journey (a crazy one at that!) of reopening a zoo. Along the way, he makes many connections with people that w are able to enjoy especially that of his with Ginny. Ginny is actually the reason he takes on this zoo project as it was her aging father’s dream to do so.
But as it is with animals, someone has to come along and ruin everything so when an exotic game smuggler, Bruce Kelly, shows up with a plan, Lord Blake and others must figure out how to stop him.
As a vegan and passionate animal activist, I’m all for any story about saving animals (even though I am anti-zoo, I’m definitely anti-exotic animal industry more). So I was immediately on board, but then throw in a beautiful cover and some supernatural elements and I’m really up for it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this debut novel. The writing style was enjoyable, the characters were great, and the plot was anything if not exciting!