|Released||13th May 2008|
|Preceded by||Episode 2.3|
|Followed by||The Lost Island|
Shadow of the Jaguar starts in the Peruvian rainforest, where Cam and Jaime Bairstow, the sons of a British aristocrat, are out in a biological reserve. They go out at night to relieve themselves but Jaime is killed by an unseen predator and Cam is severely wounded. James Lester is summoned to the house of Sir Charles Bairstow, father of Cam and Jaime, and asks James whether his team could head out and recover the boys. Lester refuses but later that morning when the rest of the team arrive at the ARC, Sir Charles calls and this time has sent a demand that they go. Lester reluctantly agrees, and while some of the team (Connor particularly) find the entire thing very exciting, the rest of the team are very concerned about the prospect of overseas anomalies. Also, Cutter receives a message from an old student of his working in the reserve who finds that the endangered species resident are fleeing, and the student also finds inexplicable tracks and bones. Cutter, Stephen, Connor, Abby and Jenny fly off to Peru.
When they arrive they discover that a pack of unknown animals have been killing local villagers, and as the team attempt to track down the animals, they discover the presence of vicious Thylacosmilus. The prehistoric creatures are also known to local poachers, who see the creatures as an investement to their business and will do anything to protect it. Even worse, the team discover the Thylacosmilus aren't killing at random, but are in thrall to a more sinister, and far more dangerous predator from the future. Meanwhile Jenny was kidnapped,however later she was rescued by Stark, a SAS soldier assigned to the team as security escort on the team. The team find the anomaly in a temple built for Incan god Pacha Kamaq, attracted by the pheromones they follow the five remaining Thylacosmilus. One man that part of the research team, Sean Lucas, manages to shoot two and stun one, but suddendly, a Future Bird comes through, killing Lucas but Cutter, Stephen, Abby, Connor, Nando and the guide stay alive. Cutter attacks it with a flame gun that Lucas had on him before being killed by the bird. Cutter uses the flame gun to drive the remaining Thylascomilus and Future Bird through the anomaly.
- Nick Cutter
- Stephen Hart
- Connor Temple
- Abby Maitland
- Jenny Lewis
- James Lester
- Sean Lucas
- Cam Bairstow
- Jaime Bairstow
- Sir Charles Bairstow
- Nando Estevez
- Esteban Estevez
- Jake Stark
CoverEditThe creature on the front cover is not actually a Thylacosmilus, but is in fact a Smilodon. The image used was a promotional picture from Episode 2.3, as the Smilodon was the closest thing in the television series to a Thylacosmilus.
When this novel was re-released in Hardback, the cover was altered, Cutter was replaced by Abby, likely to appeal to new fans joining at Series 4. However with this new cover, it is not realistic, as Abby has her hair cut here in the style she had it in Series 3, and this book takes place between Episode 2.3 and The Lost Island, meaning she didn't have her hair like this at that time. However the original Paperback is realistic.
The original cover had a T-rex on it. (http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/chevron/lucybrown/primeval_jaguar.jpg)
- This is the only book which has no Cretaceous anomalies.
- This is the shortest book of all.
- This is the only book that has a creature from the future.
- A label on the Matrix in Series 3 says that Pacha Kamaq was a Future Bird, as he turned to be in this novel, proving that the novel is canon.
- This is the first Older Novel to have a prehistoric mammal.
- This is the only book to have poachers.
- This is the only book to not have dinosaurs.
|Shadow of the Jaguar • The Lost Island • Extinction Event • Fire and Water|