Imagine The Sopranos, with snakes! The Lizard King is a fascinating account of a father and son family business suspected of smuggling reptiles, and the federal agent who tried to take them down.When Bryan Christy began to investigate the world of reptile smuggling, he had no idea what he would be in for. In the course of his research, he was bitten between the eyes by a blood python, chased by a mother alligator, and sprayed by a bird-eating tarantula.But perhaps more dangerous was coming face to face with Michael J. Van Nostrand, owner of Strictly Reptiles, a thriving family business in Hollywood, Florida. Van Nostrand imports as many as 300,000 iguanas each year (over half the total of America's most popular imported reptile), as well as hundreds of thousands of snakes, lizards, frogs, spiders, and scorpions. Van Nostrand was suspected of being a reptile smuggler by Special Agent Chip Bepler of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who devoted years of his life in an obsessive quest to expose The Lizard King's cold-blooded crimes. How this cat-and-mouse game ended is engrossing and surprising.More
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Snakes on a plane!!!
Boring. Hour after Hour of names of Reptiles
These "adventures" of a Retile Smuggler and the under-sourced, under-manned US Agents who try to apprehend smugglers could have been told in 15 min.
So to give the book some substance, the Author fills the gaps with endless names of reptiles and repeats ad-nauseum that there is a lot of reptile enthusiasts who spend a lot of money for retiles.
Yes. This book basically talks about one smuggler and one agent. Totally boring.
The information in this book could be drastically edited to the point of maybe, making an interesting piece in "Outdoors" or "National Geo". But as a book, it is ridiculously redundant.
Unless you enjoy hearing the names of reptiles, move on to a different book.