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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 03-01-13 Member Since 2013

    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!

    6 of 6 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

    Low-Brow Artist

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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 2011
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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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    Heatherh between the rust belt and the Bible belt 11-06-14
    Heatherh between the rust belt and the Bible belt 11-06-14 Member Since 2015
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    "If Michael Bay wrote a book..."
    Any additional comments?

    A "popcorn book" about at the action level (and IQ) of your typical summer blockbuster action movie. Definitely in the guilty pleasure category. Hypercompetent hero, many explosions, some gore, all in a fast moving and not terribly deep plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 10-24-13
    Dan 10-24-13
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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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    Chuck 08-20-15
    Chuck 08-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A great story well read"

    This is the second of this series I've enjoyed and can't wait to start the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leiah Golden, CO, United States 06-25-15
    Leiah Golden, CO, United States 06-25-15 Member Since 2015

    So, I Read This Book Today . . .

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    "Attack of the 790-Foot Woman"

    “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.
    Godzilla, 1998


    “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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 05-19-15
    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 05-19-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Inane & Boring"
    What would have made Project Nemesis better?

    Maybe go for a major re-write by an adult?


    Any additional comments?

    Nemesis is really pretty badly written. The story line had some promise but it appears to either have been conceived for a teen audience or maybe it was written by teen!

    Some of the premises the author comes up with are actually inane or naïve.
    I could not finish it for fear of throwing my iPod out the car window.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Mock Minnesota 04-30-15
    J. Mock Minnesota 04-30-15
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    "Immensely enjoyable"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trent 04-27-15
    Trent 04-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story read by a Great Narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great Book. All four books in the series are great. All are very creative and don't feel like the same run-of-the-mill type thriller books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is very inventive and original. Everything the writing to the characters are all done very well.


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

    Narrator is one of the best parts. The guy makes listening to the story so much fun. Out of all the audiobooks I've listened to and all the narrators I've heard, Jeffrey Kafer is by far the best. You don't realize how much a narrator can make or break an audiobook until you hear Kafer and compair him to some of the others.


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

    Japan had Godzilla. America got Maigo...and friends.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Very Good."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • paul
    crewe, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thesam PTY
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    "A bit silly, but fun"
    What did you like most about Project Nemesis?

    Solidly good performance with a fun premise (albeit requiring plenty of suspension of disbelief).


    If you’ve listened to books by Jeremy Robinson before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Just about anything with Woodstock involved. Not because his character is outstanding, but because the visualisation of those scenes sticks in my mind well.


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

    Steady on! This isn't epic literature here, this is good pulp fiction.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    Driffield, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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