Highlighting the intelligence of animals

With animal spiritsMaster of science thrillers, Jose Rodríguez dos Santos, presents a fascinating, original and fast-paced adventure this year that reveals the brutality of men and the intelligence of animals. bestselling author God’s formula This time it relies on the latest scientific research in ethics to guide its plot. In doing so, he forces us to look at the darker side of humanity.

This very exciting story, which will haunt your imagination for a long time, begins with the discovery of a floating object in an orca reservoir in Lisbon Oceanarium, in Portugal. All clues point to Maria Flor, who was arrested. Only one man can help her: her husband, Thomas Noronha.

To prove Maria Fore’s innocence, Thomas must find the real culprit. This quest causes him to discover the victim’s secret project and leads him to the heart of an ancient cult painting unlike any other: garden of delights by Hieronymus Bosch. At the end of his quest is one of nature’s wonders: the intelligence, emotions, and consciousness of animals.


JR dos Santos explains in an email interview that he has recently become interested in ecology, ethology and conservation.

“Although I was not very interested in animals, I have only recently realized that major scientific breakthroughs have been made in the field of animal consciousness. It seems that, contrary to well-established scientific dogma, there is nothing we humans can do that animals cannot do, though Although they have different skills. »

We have always thought that only humans could make tools. However, it has been discovered that animals can also do this. It was long believed that only humans could farm. But it has been discovered that they can do this, too. And so on. »

“It turns out that animals can count, love, hate, talk, and even use rules in their own language. In fact, they can do everything we do to varying degrees. It’s partly this story that I tell.” animal spirits. »

His new novel is a thrilling story that is well-formed and appropriate.

“Someone killed. Someone is wrongly accused of murder. And our hero Thomas must find the real culprit. It is an investigation, but this investigation will lead him to examine the latest scientific discoveries in the field of animal cognition, because they are relevant to the understanding of crime.”

JR dos Santos is a great storyteller…and he’s done his homework.

“Everything the animals do in the novel does not come from my imagination; these are things that scientists can observe in real life.”

tough questions

JR dos Santos explains that the great challenge in writing the book was finding a balance between the science part and the fictional research.

“I don’t just tell a story. I always try to tell the real facts through a story.”

animal spirits He talks about animal intelligence and then formulates a question: If animals are so intelligent, perceptive and sensitive, how do we treat them the way we do? How do we do what we do with them in the slaughterhouses, in the labs, in nature? »

“Did you know that of all the vertebrate biomass on Earth, only 3% live in the wild? Three percent! This means that 97% of the vertebrate biomass on our planet belongs to animals that are actually our slaves. What does this say about us?” »

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Photo courtesy of Éditions Hervé Chopin

Seeing that the mistress did not realize what was happening and did not run away, she freed herself and disappeared down the hall, screaming in terror. The teacher tried to follow her stunned student, but Anna disappeared. What happened to make her feel this way?

She turned anxiously and followed the path until she came to the railing of the Arctic Ocean Basin. Everything was calm. She was leaning on the water and everything seemed normal to her.

When she was about to leave, she saw a red spot. I got close and examined the pool closely. She saw a figure floating in the middle of all that red and took a second to realize what it was. corpse of a man. »

  • JR dos Santos has been a journalist, war correspondent, and a prominent presenter for 8pm news in Portugal for more than 25 years.
  • He is one of Europe’s greatest thrillers.
  • his story Thomas Noronha It now contains nine volumes and has been translated into 18 languages.
  • Famous in France and Canada as a best seller God’s formulaIt has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.
  • The film adaptation rights for this series were purchased by Belga Films.

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