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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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    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 03-01-13
    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 03-01-13 Member Since 2010

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "A Good Time"
    If you could sum up Project Nemesis in three words, what would they be?

    Fun. Action-Packed. Entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The FBI main character. He made me laugh out loud. He doesn't wise-crack through out the book to the point of being annoying but he does have a sense of humor. He's also not uber-macho. Now the sheriff... she was macho enough for both of them.


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

    I don't think I've listened to Mr. Kafer before but he did a great job. He's the kind of reader that you don't really notice because he's doing such a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    You will really like this story if you're into sci-fi monsters. And if there's a sequel, I'm in!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Old Man Parker Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 01-27-13
    Old Man Parker Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2009

    Me am Pop-Surrealist Tiki-Artist living and making Art on the active volcanic "Big Island" of Hawaii. Aloha.

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    "Holy Mother of Cthulhu!"
    What made the experience of listening to Project Nemesis the most enjoyable?

    Great story. Great reader.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The monster - it was an ever changing terror and yet awesome creature.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

    The main hero is a Bruce Willis "everyman" type, read to perfection by Jeffrey Kafer.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved it! I was so happy that finally someone had written a good full length kaiju story. Bravo Jeremy Robinson!


    Any additional comments?

    I've waited for a book like this for years! It is (and will be) a Kaiju-Kulture classic! It's more than you think. It starts like an extremely delicious episode of "The X-Files", then it transforms into a graphic horror story with gruesome detail so fantastic & gory it touches a Japanese level of genre high-Art. Then, it changes again, which shows Jeremy has deeply researched (and I think loves) this subject material and shows all the required views of mankind's helplessness and political inability to actually deal with something as extraordinary as a real life "Godzilla". Just when you think Jeremy has said all he has to say about such a well known pop-culture icon as Godzilla, and may slip into parody, he steps it up - and a brings in ancient mythology and deeper meaning. The author also is savvy enough to turn around and look at the Kaiju (giant monster) genre itself a gives a knowing nod that we have watched Godzilla movies since the 1950's - yet, Jeremy tells his tale with a fierce freshness making it as exciting as it was the first time I sat in a matinee and watched "Destroy All Monsters". He fully understands the enigma that makes kaiju popular: they are huge frightening forces of horror and destruction, and at the same time are sympathetic emotional focus of the fulfillment of human destiny. Like Godzilla at his best, Nemesis is both a destroyer and also a force of fate. A god-monster that lays waste to cities, yet is avenging some great human sin. "Project Nemesis - a kaiju thriller" I hope this strange title means that Jeremy will write more Kaiju thrillers. Thanks you Mr. Robinson for the wonderful story, and thank you Jeffrey Kafer for the great reading! More please!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Indianapolis, IN, United States 01-31-13
    Brian Indianapolis, IN, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Solid, Pulpy Action."
    Where does Project Nemesis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a solid and enjoyable book,fast paced and to the point. In an age of bloated hyperbole and forced exposition this moves briskly along. Not all books need to be "great" and finding a truly enjoyable book is a pleasure. I'd put this at the top of the list.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sheriff Collins was my favorite character due to her never say die attitude and physical and mental toughness. Although not as fleshed out as the main character she's still given enough backstory to explain who she is and why she has the skills that she does.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    Kafer's performance was fun and spirited. He seemed to inhabit the main character's skin very easily and delivered his first person narration more like an actor than a reader.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was broken up almost like a movie serial so it had logical breaks that made it easy to return to without losing the whole plot. Due to how I need to listen to audiobooks I rarely have the chance to listen in one sitting and I appreciate books that don't require rewinding.


    Any additional comments?

    This is overall a lot of fun with a good heart without skimping on the brutal horror that a giant monster attack would cause. At the same time it is not pornographic in its depiction of this horror but instead uses it to show how brave the characters must be to continue to fight Nemesis.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 10-24-13
    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Not quite a 4-Star"
    Would you try another book from Jeremy Robinson and/or Jeffrey Kafer?

    Maybe I would just try another book from this author


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    more historical background on nemesis


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    good mix of characters, but a little too much territory (almost reads like the author really is beginning a the X-files series in which you have to keep watching to fill in the gaps).


    Was Project Nemesis worth the listening time?

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Louisville, KY 07-28-14
    Amazon Customer Louisville, KY 07-28-14 Member Since 2013
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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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    JG Pullen Jr Eagle Point, OR 07-23-14
    JG Pullen Jr Eagle Point, OR 07-23-14 Member Since 2012

    Machinist, student of history, philosopher, Star Wars fanatic, hobbyist costumer, and all around Renaissance man.

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    "Remarkably Mediocre"

    I struggled to finish this book. I don't like writing negative reviews, but this book inspired me to write this review so that others in search of genuinely good fiction might instead avoid an agonizing listen and buyers remorse. This isn't the worst science fiction I've ever read/listened to, but it was far from the best.

    This kaiju thriller lacked imagination. It had relatively little to say about kaiju, and wasn't the least bit thrilling. None of the characters were believable. They lacked depth. They were as predictable and juvenile as the plot. The author obviously knows very little about science, aircraft, or firearms, and even less about women. He should probably stick to subject matter of which he is knowledgeable.

    I found the narrator's voice nasal, grating, and annoying, like nails on a chalkboard. It may just be a matter of personal preference, but I won't be listening to anymore of his works. Sorry.

    I think it would be better suited to young teens and other readers/listeners who are not so well read and have little-to-no basis for comparison. On the other hand, if you've been exposed to truly good literature, then save yourself the agony...find another book.

    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 Member Since 2011
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "A full on joyride"
    Where does Project Nemesis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not the usual audiobook I would go for but it is one of the best I've listened to this year


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a roller coaster of action and thrills each time you think it's over the storyline twists and sends you in a totally different direction. This is a solid story that will have me looking for more books from the author in the very near future


    What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Jeffrey Kafer pulls you into the story with ease his voice brings each character to life and makes you care for there safety


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Godzilla with ladies problems


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