J. E. Fishman’s novel, “Primacy” is classified as a thriller, and though his fast-paced storyline, meticulously researched content, and finely crafted prose all lead the reader to the promised state of suspense, what thrills me most is his unflinchingly honest account of the cruel and abhorrent practices behind animal experimentation.
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With his focus on the tens of thousands of monkeys and apes who suffer in animal testing labs across the globe, Fishman delves into the corrupt bureaucracy that allows human animals to justify the torture and slaughter of countless animal species in the name of science.
Character development is essential to Fishman’s plot, and with its growth comes an emotional, and at times difficult to read, yet crucial story that must be told. With brilliant creative license he gifts two of the apes with the ability to speak. It is their voices that change the course of not only their lives, but of the humans who can no longer deny or rationalize the unbelievably brutal, inhumane and unnecessary acts they have performed on these living, breathing and feeling beings.
I say brilliant, because what Fishman has realized is what so many have yet to acknowledge. Animals are already speaking to us. It may not be in the same way as you or I, but they communicate their fear, pain, despair, and love the same way we do.
This book is not to be missed. Buy a copy for everyone on your holiday gift list, and pray for the gift of peace for all beings.
Photo credit: Primacy by J.E. Fishman | Disclosure: Review copy provided