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Project Nemesis: A Kaiju Thriller | [Jeremy Robinson]

Project Nemesis: A Kaiju Thriller

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Richard 02-26-15
    Richard 02-26-15 Listener Since 2007
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    "An entertaining monster mash"

    I listened to it in one day, and bought the sexual before I had finished this book.

    I am a long time Kaiju fan, and I think this would make a great movie, though it would have to be R rated to keep its unique feel. The violence is quite personal, at times.

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    Hákon 01-23-15
    Hákon 01-23-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Too predictable"

    The narration is fine but the story is just far too predictable and clichéd. Some parts seem well thought out but others made me want to skip chapters just to get through to the end. If you want to get some kaiju action, get a Godzilla movie or watch Pacific Rim. Pacific Rim was more fun, despite its flaws

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    Coady 08-24-14
    Coady 08-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The premiere Kaiju novel."

    When I read reviews I try to get to gather some key facts that would sell me on a book without spoiling it. I'm going to try to do that now, and then give some key opinions.

    This is the premiere kaiju novel, If you had to start with any I would start with this one. Every character introduced has there place in the novel and is compelling and interesting with plenty of back story.
    There is no Kaiju on Kaiju combat in this novel, but there's enough action, destruction and point of view violence to make up for any monster on monster fighting you feel you have missed.
    speaking of point of view, they have a very awesome Kaiju point of view.

    I found that the main character John Hudson is the every man good book's need. He was relatable, funny, serious, and listening to his thought process, and his amazing drive to do the right thing was amazing. the antagonists were equally awesome!
    as i said above every character has a place in this series, and i respect that the author is not afraid to change the dynamic of the current plot to better suit the story. Adding elements of action, science fiction, romance, mystery, brutality, economy, and even mystery I feel this book has something for everyone.

    The book builds up such a pace It's really hard to put it down once you get really sucked into the story. I listened to it on audio book format and ended up listening to 8 hours of it straight.
    The only faults I have with the book come at the start. The first two chapter set kind of a slow pace to follow so if you are the kind of person who if a book doesn't grab them at the beginning they put it down. I would recommend giving this one a little time to warm up.

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    Greyflood Louisville, KY 07-28-14
    Greyflood Louisville, KY 07-28-14

    Thirty-something geek who loves sci fi and fantasy.

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    "A city-stomping good time"

    I was skeptical that a kaiju story could work in the longer, more in-depth form of a novel; hell, kaiju stories only occasionally work on screen. But the number of raves this book got finally put me over the edge to purchase it. I loved it, and if you’re a fan of old-school Japanese monster movies, or the new school of Pacific Rim, you will too.

    This book is what the 2014 Godzilla movie should have been. Brian Cranston as Hudson? Yes please. But anyway, that film was correctly criticized for its uninteresting human story, as well as its minimal screen time to the star of the show. This book corrects both those flaws. The human characters are intriguing and well-written, for the most part. Robinson has a strong voice, especially for Hudson’s point of view. You care about Hudson and Collins, and even the supporting characters, over the course of the book; they aren’t mere bystanders. At the same time, Robinson allows the kaiju to be kaiju, and there are several major setpieces of destruction and action that frame the book’s fast-paced beats. It’s the best of both worlds in this genre, and it’s done with impressive concision and pacing, as well as a perfect balance of horrifyingly gruesome carnage and sarcastic humor. The book doesn’t pull any punches about the results of the kaiju’s rampages, but it also never takes itself so seriously that it bogs down into utter despair territory. That’s a good thing; too much realism in this genre would make for something so grimdark that you couldn’t even get through it. Hudson’s sardonic, hip narrative always finds a joke somewhere, and the tone is pitch-perfect.

    The plot is nothing revolutionary, but it does tie the characters closely to the kaiju phenomenon, and gives several of them very personal stakes in what’s going on. The monster itself was fairly original and its abilities are at least credible based the circumstances of its creation. It has a strong aura of both menace and pity, which is a hard line to balance with these kinds of stories, but Robinson does it perfectly. The only element of the book I didn’t care for was the villain (the non-kaiju one). His motivation was iffy, and he was a bit too cartoonishly evil for a story that was otherwise full of shades of gray. Luckily, he’s not “on screen” a whole lot, so you can get through his parts fairly easily.

    So, if Pacific Rim or the new Godzilla have you slavering for more city destruction via giant monsters, this book will be just what the mad scientist ordered. It’s not high literature, but it breathes fresh life into this genre and will keep you sitting in your driveway to get to the end of a chapter before heading inside your home.

    The narration in this book was good, if not spectacular. The narrator doesn’t have a tremendous amount of range or accents, so most of the characters sound the same, but his pacing and tone are well done, and he puts a lot of personality into Hudson’s sarcastic narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andy North Shore City, New Zealand 06-19-14
    Andy North Shore City, New Zealand 06-19-14
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    "Great start to the series!"
    What did you love best about Project Nemesis?

    Good take on the Kajiu genre in a new setting of the US.


    What did you like best about this story?

    None stop action!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Majigo's first town encounter.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nope.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NITSUD! White Bear Lake, MN USA 06-04-14
    NITSUD! White Bear Lake, MN USA 06-04-14

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    "Kafer reads Nemesis!!!!! Nemesis rules!"
    Would you listen to Project Nemesis again? Why?

    Yes because it's entertaining and nice to hear and not just read!


    What other book might you compare Project Nemesis to and why?

    Not a book but Godzilla in General!


    Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope, first one!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Queen of the Monsters!


    Any additional comments?

    Get this! This book reminded me of the original thrill Godzilla gave me as a kid. I'm a Kaiju nerd anyway, but still. I cannot recommend it more if you want a giant monster romp. It's simply awesome. Most Godzilla movies wish they were written this well! Read it today! It will fill your giant monster void!!! And make sure to check out the sequel, Project Maigo!

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    Peligrie 04-28-14
    Peligrie 04-28-14
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    "Take my money"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Project Nemesis to be better than the print version?

    If you're an audio version fan, then yes- absolutely. Otherwise I'd say they are probably equal, I just prefer audiobooks these days.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved them all, of course, but I'm partial to Sheriff Collins. She's a badass partner.


    Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to Jeffrey Kafer's narration before, but after the Kaiju series, I will be again.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook is excellent to listen to. With all the action involved, you feel like you're actually watching the scenes take place and Jeffrey Kafer performs Jeremy Robinson's words perfectly. Tons of action, humor, fun, and a giant monster! I definitely recommend checking this out.

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    Pixie Brearley Rochester, NY USA 04-21-14
    Pixie Brearley Rochester, NY USA 04-21-14

    Pixie

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    "Amazing story by the perfect voice!"

    Project Nemesis: A Kaiju Thriller written by Jeremy Robinson and narrated by Jeffrey Kafer was one of those stories that leave you wanting more. I even found myself rooting for the creature in the end. Be prepared for a powerhouse of ups and downs with all the action you would expect from Robinson.

    Jeffrey Kafer's voice was perfect for this story, he was easy to understand and his inflections were spot on. The perfect pairing.

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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-01-14
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "You're in For a Treat With This Tribute"

    Are you a fan of giant monster invasion stories? Or, are you just a fan of good old action adventure, stop the bad guy, or monster in this case, or the world as we know it will be destroyed? Well, you're in for a treat with this tribute or throwback to the classic black and white movies of yesteryear. Combining great action sequences, interesting characters, military involvement, oh yea, and a giant monster hellbent on its mission of destruction. Project Nemesis has been on my wish list over at Audible since it came out and for whatever reason I found ways to choose others to listen to first, don't make the same mistake I made by waiting. Jon Hudson is the lead investigator for a special branch of the Department of Homeland Security that only deals with paranormal investigations. He thinks its a joke and rest of the DHS thinks he's a joke by filling his time examining Sasquatch sightings. However, it is this very task that takes him to the backwoods of Maine where he discovers a secret research facility. Even though he didn't want to get involved he was brought in by gunfire when he got too close. This is where scientists were working on human gene splicing and created the Kaiju, that surprisingly started out small and continued to grow taller throughout the story. Jeremy Robinson was able to bring action, tension, horror, love and romance, to what could have been a very sterile and straight forward tale. My favorite aspect was the changing of the point of view to the monster itself, giving me insight on what the mission really was and what was going on within.

    Audiobook provided for review by the narrator.

    Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heather SONOMA, CA, United States 03-30-14
    Heather SONOMA, CA, United States 03-30-14
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    "Nemesis is one killer Kaiju"

    Project Nemesis was an unbelievable ride. Godzilla who? I prefer my Kaiju Nemesis style. I am looking forward to Finding out what Maigo has been up to in the next installment. Hudson, Collins and Woodstock make a great team and kick some kaiju butt. A very heartful monster story with some cool twists and lots of chaos, mayhem and destruction. Just the ride I was looking for.

    Jeffrey Kafer once again does an awesome job bringing Robinson's characters alive in this lively, fast paced adrenaline filled story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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