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)
There are few things better than a good story well told!
Fun. Action-Packed. Entertaining.
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.
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.
You will really like this story if you're into sci-fi monsters. And if there's a sequel, I'm in!
Great story. Great reader.
The monster - it was an ever changing terror and yet awesome creature.
The main hero is a Bruce Willis "everyman" type, read to perfection by Jeffrey Kafer.
I loved it! I was so happy that finally someone had written a good full length kaiju story. Bravo Jeremy Robinson!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So, I Read This Book Today . . .
“The end is near. I hear a noise at the door, as of some immense slippery body lumbering against it. It shall not find me. God, that hand! The window! The window!” ― H.P. Lovecraft, Dagon
Dr. Ichiro Serizawa: The arrogance of men is thinking nature is in our control and not the other way around. Let them fight. Godzilla, 2014
Dr. Niko Tatopoulus: This thing is much too big to be some lost dinosaur.
“Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn. In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.”
Lovecraft would have loved this. Nemesis is Godzilla, Cthulhu, and “Attack of the 50-Foot Woman” all rolled into one – Destroyer God and sad victim not only of fate but of a rich, obsessive, vicious man. “Nemesis” is a monster, true. A monster created by science, at the behest of a human even more monstrous than Nemesis herself.
Of course, back when King Kong and Godzilla came to life, “The Bomb” was our greatest fear. Immense power, horrific death from the skies – the perfect structure for tales of horror. Now, Nemesis waltzes onto the stage, filled with fear, pain, and a deep need for answers. Even monsters need answers, and Nemesis more than most. For all she is a monster, possibly a God, she is lost, searching. But her search can kill millions. Of course, the military is shooting off all its toys, twelve AMRAAM and four Tomahawks have only succeeded in killing civilians so far – and Boston is her next stop. Which is worse? A terrified military blasting away, or a giant beast storming across the land? “Hulk SMASH!”
I got a huge kick out of this story. Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer, the story is a high octane tribute to all the 50’s monster movies we know and love. But it is also a denunciation of military incompetence, political ineptitude (yes, those are basically the same words – but military command and the political machine are basically the same thing, so . . .) and the horrific things humans will do given enough money and political and military power.
Jeremy Robinson has written a story for everyone from preteens to adults, delving into the human psyche, exploring our fears and bringing the past into the present. Nemesis is, when it comes down to it, an avenging angel, a Goddess of Vengeance, and I liked her – a lot. Jon Hudson, the hero of the piece, is the lead investigator for a special DHS department – Paranormal Investigations. Following up reports of Sasquatch is embarrassing – but trying to keep the rest of DHS under control, especially the smart-arse Boston lead investigator, is enough to make Jon bang his head against a wall. There is a lot of blood and gore, a lot of military action and military and political stupidity – and his ‘sidekick’ Sheriff Ashley Collins, is one kick-arse broad, so I was happy with that! There is fun and snarky humour as well, which is always a huge positive for me.
Grab it - It's Fun!
I seem to be on tour experiencing all of Jeremy Robinson's book's. This one was next and it was a great read. I couldn't put it down. I barely spent a moment of free time where I wasn't listening to the book!
Thirty-something geek who loves sci fi and fantasy.
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.
Not wonderful. Not terrible. The story was full of old rehashed situations already found in scenes from old godzilla films. True, there was a different origin story for the monster, but everything reads like it was written for a movie most have watched already: The monster destroyed stuff, the military was useless, the human characters where silly bumbling stereotypes who think they understood the giant monster, and the villains were simply really foolish people.
It would have made a better movie than a book in this case. Not often is this said since human imagination is better than any special effect, but the way this book was written just doesn't stimulate the imagination very much. The situation was far too simple for a novel. Most of the characters used to narrate events from from the human prospective had no depth, including the main character, and there was nothing to keep the events exciting past the first few chapters. A monster is created, then smashes things and eats people up to a certain distance...and that is it. Good for a two hour movie but not so much for the length of a audio book clocking over eight hours.
Big scary monster
He brings depth to the charaters, and a sense of urgency to the story.
It had moments of both laughter and tears.
You will love this book
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
I've been a Kaiju fan since my first Godzilla movie..and never before had I read/listened to and actual novel of Kaiju monsters stomping thru the US of A.
I found both the writing by Jeremy Robinson and the great narration by Jeffery Kafer to be exquisite. I listen to books as I go to sleep, as well as during my daily housecleaning or shopping etc. This was a story I couldn't stop....and let me tell you the going to sleep part gave me dreams of "Nemesis" doing her best to smash New England.
The narrator has a great, slightly gravelly voice-one that gets into a Kaiju story with grit. I can't think of a better narrator for Robinsons works and am so pleased that the same narrator voices the series. Nothing more frustrating than changing narrators in the middle of the terror!
For those who enjoy Godzilla etc movies and comic books but who have become adults, this is a series not to be missed.
I love that Robinson makes "Nemesis" a sympathetic creature as she destroys the Boston harbor. The true bad guy is the army dude who, apparently, is not dead and is going to appear in other books in the series.
A truly fun group of books..do start with the first one..after that it isn't absolutely necessary to read them in order, but it helps.
Loved them! Recommended Highly
I listened to the prequel to this book, Island 731, before this one. I really enjoyed Island 731 pretty much from beginning to end, but found myself struggling to just as invested into this story as that one. It may have to do with the first book going a little more in depth into the science or ideas behind the creatures involved than did this one. In conclusion I'm not saying this book is bad, just didn't live up to expectations.
I really enjoyed this story. I found it quite hard to put down. The narrator brought the characters to life and it was always easy to know who was saying what.
"A full on joyride"
Not the usual audiobook I would go for but it is one of the best I've listened to this year
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
Jeffrey Kafer pulls you into the story with ease his voice brings each character to life and makes you care for there safety
Godzilla with ladies problems
"A bit silly, but fun"
Solidly good performance with a fun premise (albeit requiring plenty of suspension of disbelief).
This was my first.
Just about anything with Woodstock involved. Not because his character is outstanding, but because the visualisation of those scenes sticks in my mind well.
Steady on! This isn't epic literature here, this is good pulp fiction.
The ending is telegraphed from a long way out but that isn't too big a problem. It's a bit short, but rattles along at a good pace and I'll probably read the inevitable sequel.
"Fun mindless destruction."
Not a grand piece of intellectual subtlety but that us hardly what you came here for! The first person format is engaging and novel without softening the horror too much. The romantic sub-plot is sweet without being twee. All in all a fun read. Perfect for the beech. Now we just need the sunshine!
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