Focus on animal intelligence

With animal souls, the master of the scientific thriller José Rodrigues dos Santos offers this year a unique, original and fast-paced adventure that reveals both the bestiality of men and the intelligence of animals. best selling author god’s formula this time it draws on the latest scientific research in ethology to drive its plot. In doing so, he forces us to look at the darker side of humanity.

This exciting story, which will haunt your imagination for a long time, begins with the discovery of a floating body in an orca tank at the Lisbon Oceanarium, in Portugal. All clues point to María Flor, who is arrested. Only one man can help her: her husband, Tomás Noronha.

To prove Maria For’s innocence, Tomás must find the real perpetrator. This quest leads him to discover the victim’s secret project and leads him to the heart of an ancient and esoteric cult painting like no other: the garden of delights of Hieronymus Bosch. At the end of his search lies a wonder of nature: 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 concerned about animals, I recently realized that important scientific advances have been made in the field of animal consciousness. It seems that, contrary to long-established scientific dogma, there is nothing we humans can do that animals can’t do, even though they have different abilities. »

“For a long time we believed that humans were the only ones who could make tools. However, it has been discovered that animals can also do this. For a long time it was thought that only humans could farm. But it was discovered that they could also do it. And so right away. »

“It turns out that animals can count, love, hate, speak and even use grammar in their own language. In fact, they can do everything we do, to varying degrees. It is in part this story that I tell in animal souls. »

His new novel is a thriller in good and due form.

“Someone is killed. Someone is wrongfully accused of murder. And our hero, Tomas, must find the real culprit. It’s an investigation, except this investigation will take you to examine the most recent scientific discoveries in the field of animal cognition as they are relevant to understanding crime. »

JR dos Santos is an exceptional storyteller… and he has done his homework.

“Everything the animals do in the novel does not come from my imagination; These are things that scientists have been able to observe in real life. »

blunt questions

JR dos Santos explains that the great challenge in writing the book was to find a balance between the scientific part and the fictional investigation.

“I never just tell a story. I always try to tell real facts, through a story. »

animal souls he talks about animal intelligence and then asks a question: if animals are so intelligent, conscious and sensitive, how come we treat them the way we do? How can we do what we do to them in slaughterhouses, in laboratories, in nature? »

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

YES Saints

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Seeing that the lady didn’t realize what was happening and didn’t run away, she freed herself and disappeared down the hall screaming in panic. Stunned, the teacher tried to follow her student, but Ana had disappeared. What had happened to make her feel this way?

Concerned, she turned and continued down the hall until she reached the railing over the basin of the Arctic Ocean. Everything was calm. She leaned over the water and everything seemed normal to her.

As he was about to leave, he saw a red spot. She walked over and examined the pool more closely. She saw a figure floating in the middle of all that red and it took her a second to realize what it was. The corpse of a man. »

  • JR dos Santos has been a journalist, war reporter, star presenter of the 8pm news in Portugal for more than 25 years.
  • He is one of the best suspense writers in Europe.
  • His story Thomas Noronha it now has nine volumes and has been translated into 18 languages.
  • He became known in France and Canada with his best-seller god’s formulait sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
  • The film adaptation rights of this series have been acquired by Belga Films.

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