"Indiana Jones" meets "Tropic Thunder"
Action-Adventure, Comedy, Satire.
Endangered Species is the first in a brand new series that explores our most pressing environmental issues and eco-disasters in a humorous and entertaining way.
Down-and-out journalist, Trevor, is used to getting by on the misfortune of others. He enthusiastically accepts an invitation from a beautiful television producer to ghost-write an autobiography for the intrepid but unfortunate animal-tracker, Chuck Collins, as he goes in search of endangered species to save from oblivion.
Problem is, Collins is a disaster-magnet. Animals hate him... and they can’t wait to tear him apart. Dogged by the epic failure of his safari amusement park, Animal Land, he badly needs to resurrect his career before self-loathing consumes him.
Trevor colludes with the producer to get Collins on the trail of vicious animals in peril in the hope that something catastrophic will get caught on camera and boost ratings. Reality exceeds expectation, however, when the hapless crew are caught in a cross-fire on their first expedition. Heavily armed poachers appear to be kidnapping exotic and dangerous animals for sport.
“My name is Chuck Collins and I’m on a mission from Gaia.”
Inspired by a higher calling, Collins leads his crew across the globe to scupper the poacher’s plans, but ends up uncovering a far bigger conspiracy to save the planet by nefarious means.
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"Crass, perverse, and absolutely one of the most hilarious, engaging reads I've come across. Kamish has a natural knack for pacing and characterization, and his writing is both articulate and relentlessly snarky."
"Are you missing Terry Pratchett since his unfortunate health challenges have slowed the wonderful stream of Discworld Novels? Well you might enjoy Endangered Species by Vaulte Kamish with a similar mixture of off-beat humor, unreality, and topical satire."
"I really enjoyed this book. It makes a point about both endangered animals and the 99% in an engaging and humorous story. I look forward to book 2 of the series."
"Vaulte Kamish creates this new world order where we are looking at our future in slow motion. Where money controls the world and more importantly the underworld controls our lives without us really knowing it."
"The title put it up higher on my 'must read' list, the writing kept me engaged! I found it humorous, seat gripping, entertaining, and it makes you think, all rolled into one! I really like how it brought up environmental issues from a totally different angle than most people see them. Definitely recommend to anyone!"
"The insight into current day social, political, and economic, realities that are brought out through clever prose and black humour is so utterly believable (even when the unbelievable is described) because of its relevance to modern society. This could only have been written by an educated, thoughtful, cosmopolitan writer who understands and challenges the underlying causes and forces that drive the world today."
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A Note from the author (Vaulte Kamish) on the origin of the story:
I don't know about you but I find it hard to buy into the idea that "blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." I look around me and I see plenty of evidence of the opposite. Every day, the news reports how only the toughest, strongest and most ambitious succeed.
The rich are getting richer. Nice guys finish last. The biggest risk-takers win biggest. And, winner takes all.
And, yet, we are taught that hard work, civility and obedience will pay off. That, someday, our dreams will come true.
This is hard to believe. Humility and compassion go out the window when there's a faster track to success by becoming a celebrity, a charlatan, or a hedge fund manager. Humility is good - for those that can afford it.
Time and again, we see the humble ones elbowed out of the way by the Alphas. Jumping the queue gets you more from life. But, instead of fuelling resentment, the inequality spurs ambition. Efforts are redoubled, longer hours are worked, more risks are taken, more families destroyed. As the saying goes, "poverty wants much; but avarice, everything".
It isn't a pretty picture. In many ways, we are sowing the seeds of our own destruction. "Ruthless ambition leads to blind destruction" - sound familiar? We see it all around us: in our environment, our relationships, our society.
When will the meek inherit the earth?
And, who are these meek, anyway? What does 'meek' even mean?
I decided to take this phrase literally and see what might happen. I tried to understand it, define it... and see where it got us.
What if there was a way to save our planet and save ourselves by not competing? What if competition of the species is a zero-sum game? What if Hubris was the inevitable aftermath of excessive ambition?
What I learnt is that "meekness" is not weakness. It is a different kind of strength. It is a quiet, calm strength. It can bend but doesn't break. It is humility, compassion and commitment. It is community. It is more powerful than self-interest.
Endangered Species considers what might happen when we learn the value of meekness - before it's too late.