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Set in the Iraq desert in 2005, this genre blender should appeal to fans of zombie stories and military fiction. Its story is simple. A group of mercenaries is searching for tons of gold rumored to have been hidden by Saddam Hussein; they find the gold, but they also find the undead remnants of a disastrous top-secret military project, one that involves a highly unusual virus. Baker throws in some extra concerns for the mercenaries to deal with: some of the group turn traitor, stranding the remainder without transportation, and one of the group is attacked by one of the infected, prompting worries that he will turn into one of the undead. At its heart, though, this is a military thriller about a small group of soldiers fighting an unseen, unknown enemy. The story would have worked as well if the enemy had been, say, soldiers from an enemy country rather than zombies. As in TV’s The Walking Dead, the point here is the characters and the way they interact; the undead are kept mostly in the background, a constant shadowy threat. Very nicely done. --David Pitt

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A top-notch horror thriller…. Fans of zombie fiction and students of the Iraq war will be equally enthralled. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

Baker lights it up, pushing his prose and his characters to the limits of genre fiction. Adrenaline junkies will dig the crisply written combat sequences awash with bullet snaps and gunpowder fumes. Thriller enthusiasts will surely enjoy the mad scientist they find in the desert, safeguarding a deadly bioweapon with the potential for global disaster. Fans of The Walking Dead, which are approaching legion, can safely know that the Republican Guards waiting for them out in the desert are definitely of the undead variety… Baker's imaginative set pieces, breathless pace and rough-and-tumble heroes give it a prepackaged for-the-movies sheen that's hard not to enjoy. A high-velocity zombie-thriller that's as smart, daring and propulsive as the disparate stories it's mashing up. (Kirkus)

Juggernaut is a high-voltage shock to the system. It's smart, witty, crammed with action and disturbingly plausible. Highly recommended. (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of Assassin’s Code and Dead of Night)

Juggernaut by Adam Baker opens a new front in the War on Terror by combining authentic military detail with a smart take on zombie horror. He's created an inventive, exciting, and genuinely creepy thriller that never lets up, even on the last page. (Christopher Farnsworth, author of Red, White, and Blood)

Juggernaut is hugely entertaining and as unstoppable as its namesake…. Gory, bullet-riddled and compulsive (Financial Times (London))

There's no denying the strength of Baker's prose. It's violent and blokey (characters communicate mainly in"fucks"), but also intelligent. The first 100 pages, especially, are rich with harrowing detail about the last days of Saddam's regime…Juggernaut is a rewarding read. (SFX magazine)

This is a no-nonsense, straight-forward thriller tale, admittedly with added zombies. The action scenes are thrillingly done, with enough bone-crunching, biting and beheading to satisfy most gore-fans. Adam manages to make this un-repetitive, which is impressive considering the limited number of living cast and the number of zombie encounters they have to endure. Its style is very straight-forward, though clearly knowledgeable, and its tale told in a very matter-of fact manner. Sentences are short, yet the action fast… In the end it's basically Three Kings meets The Walking Dead, with enough intelligence and panache to make what could've been predictable a great page turner. (SFFworld.com)

Adam Baker's style is very reminiscent of a combination of Matthew Reilly and James Patterson, and like both those authors, he uses it to tell a punchy story that keeps you engrossed from start to finish. (Sci-fi Bulletin)

Great characters, an amazing level of detail, an insane yet wholly believable plot - Juggernaut is an excellent read, full of grotesque images and unexpected revelations. (David Moody, author of the Autumn and Hater series)

It really made my long train journeys and travelling around the Christmas period fly by. I was utterly transported into Baker's brain vision as soon as I opened the cover and loved every minute of it. I can do nothing but recommend his books and I can't wait until Hollywood gets wise to the potential of his living dead franchise. It is crying out for a big budget tentpole movie treatment. And I would queue up to watch such a film over and over again. Just like OUTPOST, JUGGERNAUT is survival horror at its best. It's definitely worth your time and money. Even though I received a free copy, I've re-read it three times and gone back to purchase and re-read OUTPOST again. I get more out of each reading. (Eibonfilms Blog)

It helps that the setting as described by Baker is recognizably the world that we live in today - it is science fiction and horror only in terms of the concepts and underlying plot rather than the characters, dialogue and background, which all feel frighteningly real. You get the sense that the horrors that Baker is describing really could happen - and perhaps are happening - somewhere in the world. Baker utilizes the classic elements of a dozen horror and science fiction films but does so in his own highly original way. For this reason I suspect that Juggernaut will appeal to die-hard horror fans without alienating those who are more unfamiliar with the genre. (AnilBalan.com)

Baker does a superb job of drawing you into those moments of quiet and then, when it's far too late, showing you that it's not so quiet after all… (Graeme's Fantasy Book reviews)

In summary, the book's about machine guns and gore, shotgun shells and sand, mercenaries and mystery. The plot's good and unfolds well, and kicks up enough surprises to keep you wanting just one more chapter. A parting shot - it's begging to be made into a Hollywood blockbuster. (First Choice Blog)

Juggernaut...has made me want to read more of Baker and I will probably buy Outpost sometime soon. That's always a good thing, when you enjoy an author's work so much that you want to get the next or previous novel in the series.The tone is pretty much serious throughout the entire novel, there are no z-word jokes, etc, no character that's thrown in there for comic relief, but this novel doesn't really need any as Baker manages to pull off a fantastic read and, with one book, is quickly becoming my 'go-to' author for zombie horror. (Founding Fields blog)

A tested-to-the-limits military thriller with believable action, the right kind of fetid atmosphere and slick, broad characterisation. The humour is mordant. Baker, a former gravedigger and film projectionist, eschews generic comic relief and the prose is sparse, concrete and factual. (Weekend Australian)

A lock and load adventure of the highest calibre. A tense, absorbing journey and a high speed collision of military action and apocalyptic horror. Blackhawk Down meets Day of the Dead. (Adam Nevill, author of Apartment 16, The Ritual)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125001767X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250017673
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,184,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rich Hawkins on April 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Zombies, mercenaries, heavy weaponry and violence. What's not to like?
This book is a great read. Quality sci-fi/horror/action from an excellent writer making a name for himself amongst the horror/zombie genres. This, just like OUTPOST, would make a great film. I would love to see this and OUTPOST filmed, and hopefully the books would be done justice.
In JUGGERNAUT we discover more about the parasite/virus and the origin of the pandemic described in OUTPOST. The main character is Lucy, the leader of a team of mercenaries on one last job before they retire, hopefully filthy rich from Saddam's gold promised to them. Of course, things do not go well, or according to plan. Mixed in with the mercs are a rogue's gallery of spooks, soldiers and nefarious individuals, all of them with their own goals and agendas. It makes for compelling reading.
In a few reviews for JUGGERNAUT and OUTPOST, the writing style has been criticised; I couldn't disagree more - Mr. Baker's style is succinct and lean, perfect for the story being told. He also likes his military hardware and gadgets, it seems. Some of the book is like gun porn!
JUGGERNAUT is quite different from the first book, but it has its own style which it benefits from. I can't wait for the next book in the series...if there is one?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aybee Teeyem on October 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
It takes a very special writer to make mercenary soldiers, international intrigue, and zombies so completely and utterly boring. This book is one long snooze, except when it's annoying. It's written like a bad novelization of an episode from the 12th year of "Gunsmoke." Cardboard characters, stilted dialogue, predictable plot, and absolutely nothing original to add to the genre. Baker's so-called "style" of relying heavily on sentence fragments isn't punchy and exciting, it's just lazy and distracting.

Want to know how bad it is? Look at Jabril's monologue about SPEKTR starting on page 156. Remember he is telling the story to Lucy. Read a few sentences out loud. An example: "The sun set. Rusted brakes and axles sparked beneath us, flickering red as if the infernal locomotive were riding on a wave of flame." Yikes. How could Lucy keep from laughing in his face?

I agree that this book should be made into a movie, because no matter how bad it is, it can't help but be better than the book. Do yourself a favor and read a good cereal box instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I originally thought this was a stand alone novel by Baker, but realized it is sort of a prequel to his other novel, OUTPOST. I didn't realize the connection until I was about a good third into the book. It started out gathering a group of mercs, and sending them on a mission to find a hidden cache of gold. Really? Hasn't *that* been done before? Needless to say, it was little better than I expected. I did finish the second half of the book, just because I wanted to see how it tied into OUTPOST. Baker's next book, TERMINUS, I hope is much better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Reed on April 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Excellent blend of horror and Sci-fi with enough twists to keep readers engaged, kept me on the edge of my seat to the very end.
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By wayne on May 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because of the cover. I read a ton of military books and that sold it for me more than the zombie part. The authors military knowledge (at least knowledge of the american military)seems to be somewhat limited as he makes little mistakes throughout. The mistakes usually occurring with his american characters and military weapons as well as the use of (such as referring to a SAW as a 50 cal. weapon). I was a little surprised by this considering most of the story appears as if a great deal of research went into it. That being said I enjoyed reading about the characters and found them interesting as well as entertaining. I liked the book and at times found it hard to put down. I will definitely buy his other title.
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Format: Paperback
I received this book in a contest by the author and I'm grateful I did. Juggernaut is a new twist on the Zombie genre where it's not brought about by normal infection. The story keeps the action coming between people fighting each other and the undead. The characters are hardnosed, combat ready and take a few turns along the way. My only complaint is that a lot of the dialog is fast paced simulating a real life combat situation, but sometimes it's just there with no indication of who is talking which can make it a bit confusing as to who is talking at times. If you're looking for a new take on zombies and a lot of action look no farther.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic book. I consider myself to have moderately discerning 'Zombesque' taste.
fantastic story line, very well connected events-real events rolling into hypothetical ,seamlessly. Very plausible storyline.
Pace is perfect and characters are very true to life. Dialogue is cleverly clipped as is the writing to keep the imagery flowing at a good pace.
I have half a mind to send this book to Ridley Scott to turn this into a movie.
Great read! Loved every minute of it!
8 stars outta 5!
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By S. Gatlin on June 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The book had a good plot but the writing was sloppy making it dull, boring, and confusing to keel up with.
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