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13 HOLLYWOOD APES: A Layla Remington Novel ~Gil Reavill

“You see? We treat people like they’re nothing, like they might as well be inanimate rocks.  But when we open up our hearts we see them as fellow creatures, then as humans, and finally as friends.” (Location 1812)

Putting on the Top Hat and wrapping myself around a lot of old movies and actors in my archives division, I curled up to see what was going on in Los Angeles in 13 HOLLYWOOD APES; I found it stylish, interesting and loaded with some meaty issues to keep my mind questioning and problem-solving.  The reader finds the first pages full of chimpanzees being shot in a sanctuary during a raging hillside fire and the first question arises; was it a mercy killer or was it murder?

Layla Remington is a detective investigator for the police substation in Malibu.  The daughter of a police officer and a person who worked her way up the ladder to her current job,  Layla has a wealth of old movies in her mental archives and a father who likes to watch them even now.   She grabs onto each question which arises and digs deeply into figuring out the answer and solving the next problem. Remington perseveres even when her superiors are running in other directions.  When she discovers the 13 HOLLYWOOD APES were movie stars and abused lab animals which were given this sanctuary for their whole lives, she becomes extremely glued to the case and figuring out the answers.  The reader journeys with Remington and may even figure the plot early on, and yet the twists are tricky making the reader want to help Layla while being well characterized, some by well-placed snippets and clues.    The pacing of the story was just right for my need to enjoy this escape.

The theme of the story I found truly captivating.  I realized I did not have an answer as to what I deeply believed about animal rights.  Are they individuals with rights, just property, slaves and what is cruel and unusual behavior towards them?   While reading this story, I read an article about a beloved dog which is healthy and fairly young being held in a shelter until it can be decided whether or not the dog should be euthanized and buried with it’s deceased owner according to the designated will or does the dog have rights to a new life contrary to the original owner’s wishes?  The courts are being challenged to decide this dog’s fate. The courts and lawyers are being challenged in 13 HOLLYWOOD APES.

I would recommend this book to those who like thrillers and I would caution this book for younger readers who are not versed in animal rights, neo-Nazi style protesters, and racist insinuations.  A smart read and I enjoyed the new information shared and thinking about animal rights from various perspectives.

TLC Booktours sent me an Uncorrected Proof ecopy of this book and I appreciated the read and style of the book very much.  Thank you for the opportunity.

About the Author:

Gil Reavill is an author, screenwriter, and widely featured in magazines, Reavill is the author of Aftermath, Inc.: Cleaning Up After CSI Goes Home,  and the co-author of Beyond All Reason: My Life with Susan Smith and the screenplay that became the 2005 film Dirty, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.  He lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Jean Zimmerman, and their daughter.  (From the ebook cover).

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8 Responses to “13 HOLLYWOOD APES: A Layla Remington Novel ~Gil Reavill”

  1. Gil Reavill Says:

    Hi Patricia —
    Thanks for the good words about Thirteen Hollywood Apes! You know, I’ve heard about the case you mentioned, Bela, the dog sentenced to death in its owner’s will. That’s exactly the kind of thing that brings up issues many people really don’t want to think about. What are our responsibilities to the other creatures with whom we share the earth? I’m delighted that you connected up the Bela case with what I was trying to do with my novel. Thanks again!

    Patricia Reply:

    Gil Reavill
    I have to admit I was worried about reading your novel as I know so often the animal dies in stories. I was very happy to read that this was about the detective work to care for the animals and protect others. The celebrity murder was a nice parallel and made a very good point.

    Thank you for sharing your novel with me.

    I am sorry for the slow replies and will share the post again with my social media – My computer crashed and now IT Girl has built a new one for me – out of all the parts!
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  2. Michael Murphy Says:

    Excellent review. My kind of novel. Already added it to my to read list for the new year.

    Patricia Reply:

    Michael Murphy
    Thanks for your good words for sharing them here – I think you will enjoy this book very much. Happy New Years Reading

  3. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia — I wholeheartedly agree with both Gil and Michael. This is an excellent review and I, too, have added the book to my must-read list.
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    Patricia Reply:

    It is fast paced and caring and I liked how it paralleled the celebrity murder and the publicity. I got the sadness over in the first couple of pages and then moved into the detective work and questioning

    Did you read the Condor Song? It is a fictional story about the Disney lawsuit to open a ski resort – very interest sharing also You might enjoy

    Thank you for a years worth of tweets Laurie….greatly appreciated and for all your support.

    As I said above my computer crashed several weeks ago and IT GIRL made me a new one with a bigger monitor screen out of the parts I had available – Nice to not have to try and do everything on my phone! Happiest of New Years to you my dear friend
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  4. Heather J @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I’ve read a few books that deal with similar issues and always find them fascinating. Heartbreaking, but fascinating. I think this book would be a great read for me.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J

    Good to read this book and so far most of the books the tour group sends me. I enjoyed this read and thought it was a great way to get a good message out to the public.

    Happy New Year to a great tour closer! Thanks for being here and reading so many posts and your good words
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