Jon Hudson, lead investigator for the Department of Homeland Security's Fusion Center-P, thinks his job is a joke. While other Fusion Centers focus on thwarting terrorist activity, Hudson's division is tasked with handling paranormal threats to national security, of which there have been zero during his years at the DHS. When yet another Sasquatch sighting leads to a research facility in the backwoods of Maine, disguised as an abandoned Nike missile site, Hudson's job becomes deadly serious.
Hudson and the local Sherriff, Ashley Collins, suddenly find themselves on the run from a ruthless ex-Special Forces security team, but the human threat is short-lived as something very much not-human destroys the facility and heads for civilization, leaving only a single clue behind-a name scrawled in blood-Nemesis. Working with his team at Fusion Center-P, Sherriff Collins and a surly helicopter pilot named Woodstock, Hudson pursues the creature known as Nemesis, attempts to uncover the corporate secrets behind its creation and accidental release, and tries to comprehend why several clues lead to a murdered little girl named Maigo.
But as the body-count explodes, along with the monster's size, it quickly becomes clear that nothing short of a full military response can slow Nemesis's progress. Coordinating with every branch of the U.S. military, Hudson simultaneously searches for clues about Nemesis's origins and motivations, and leads the counterattack that will hopefully stop the monster before it reaches Boston and its one million residents.
Witness the birth of a legend as Jeremy Robinson, bestselling author of SecondWorld and Ragnarok, combines the pacing of Matthew Reilly with the mystery of James Rollins and creates the first iconic American Kaiju* story since King Kong.
*Kaiju is Japanese for "strange beast." The genre includes classic monsters such as Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah.
©2012 Jeremy Robinson (P)2012 Jeremy Robinson
"Robinson blends myth, science and terminal velocity action like no one else." (Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Infected and Ancestor)
"Just when you think that 21st-century authors have come up with every possible way of destroying the world, along comes Jeremy Robinson." (New Hampshire Magazine)
"There's nothing timid about Robinson as he drops his readers off the cliff without a parachute and somehow manages to catch us an inch or two from doom." (Jeff Long, New York Times bestselling author of The Descent)
Reads like a classic monster movie meets "The Wire" and "Alien". Intense scenes that make it a real thriller. Don't let this one out of your library, or Boston is doomed! 5 stars!
I wasn't too sure what this might be. Longtime TOHO, Godzilla etc. fan. Fantastic. Clever. Brought me into the story. Realistic. Fast Paced. On to the next. Hope someone enjoys this like I did. Enjoy.
It was an interesting story. However, it was as if I was reading a comic book of sorts or if I was watching a Lifetime Channel disaster movie. The narrator sounds like the actor Charlie Sheen.
Fast paced and great story.
You need to enjoy fantasy and go with your imagination to enjoy this action packed fantasy thriller.
It flows well and was read well.
Jon Hudson, a lead investigator with the Paranormal Fusion Center of the DHS (Department of Homeland Security), finds himself sent to Maine to check out yet another Big Foot sighting. He meets the local sheriff, Ashley Collins, while he is hung over, clueless, and dressed only in black underwear. There had been a noise complaint and Collins thinks Hudson is the source of that disturbance. Meanwhile, at a secret research site in the Maine woods, former military personnel work hard to perfect growing brainless adults in a short amount of time in order to harvest their organs. However, things are’t going well, at least not until some mystery DNA is added to the mix. Then things go from ‘not well’ to crazy freaking bad! And that is just about the time Collins and Hudson decide to go for a stroll to check out the Big Foot sightings.
Pretty soon they are running from this monster and also the heavily-armed people trying to keep it under wraps. Hudson contacts his team to call in reinforcements. Things continue to get crazy when a helicopter arrives on scene to fly them about. Collins is quite comfortable with the big gun mounted in the helicopter while Hudson continues to feed info back to Washington DC. The monster continues to eat and grow. A single helicopter, a big gun, and two determined humans just aren’t enough to stop this thing. More agencies are pulled in and more resources. Of course, folks have trouble believing in the monster until they see it, which just adds to the tension of the book.
Hudson and Collins make a great team, keeping each other safe and also finding time for some banter. This was a very fun monster romp – plenty of action, lots of weapons, some cat and mouse hunts early on, and then the US finally ends up with their own kaiju. Hooray! OK, maybe ‘hooray’ is the wrong word, but from a purely entertainment perspective, this was a great read and one of the best monster books I have read in some time.
The fun and action are balanced out by a few darker scenes, many of which deal with a young girl name Maigo. The book opens with her and right away I was on her side and wanted to make things right for her. Alas, I don’t think things will ever be OK for her again. As the body count grows, the author tosses in some specific people here and there which made me connect with the victims instead of just reading a body count number at the bottom of a game screen.
The bad guys were interesting too because they came in different flavors. The main bad guy is ex-military and he came across a mystery at some point in his career and this mystery was at the center of many of his actions which lead up to the American kaiju. Then we have the lead scientist who was developing brainless bodies for organ harvest – she’s got some dark past that is being used against her. I also found the body guard to the main bad guy very interesting. He does have a code of honor, it’s just one that depends on him following a worthy leader. Toss in the interdepartmental bickering, and you have lots of people willing to set up road blocks for our heroes. Excellent! It was pure enjoyment to watch Collins & Hudson maneuver around, over, or through so many obstacles!
The Narration: Jeffrey Kafer did a great job. I like his attitude for Hudson, especially early on when the character believes he’s just off on a wild goose hunt. His female voices are believable. He’s great at getting the excitement or seriousness of a situation across.
It's awesome! well worth the read or in this case the listen! I have become a fan boy of jeremy robinson and his books! To be honest it been hard to find a series that can hold my attention and cause me to remember each character and its history. Jeremy has done it and he blends characters from his other series together in new books seamlessly!
its about 3rd with Mark Tufo being first and formost.
I cant compare it to any but i will say that it is an excellent book. Perfect mix of horror and humor
He is a good narrator
I believe just the great writing and storyweaving in general! and of course I ADORE Kaiju (I have loved the genre since I was a child) and feel far too few are brave enough to approach this genre any more.
Probably the rebirth of Maigo in the lab....she is not a kaiju yet but she is a true threat to be reckoned with.
I think Jeffrey does amazing on all the character voices in this.
Yes, and I did.
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