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- Print Length: 272 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crossroad Press; Macabre Ink First Digital edition (August 22, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 22, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KUOM7SI
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If I had a single criticism of CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON, it's that it could have gone farther. Writing and plot are both more than sufficient for the concept, Phipps hits all the action beats and puts all the right tropes in the mix, but I would have liked the execution to either be a little more subtle and squalid or a little more over-the-top and bloody. The result is neither a cartoonish caricature of space marines in powered armor gunning down Cthulhu cultists or a desperate band of former military survivalists ekeing out a living in the shadow of earthbound alien gods, but somewhere in the middle. It's a solid middle, and an entertaining read, but the Mythos references are a little too blatant sometimes, the human interactions a little too pat, like the canned video segments of a video game, and striving for the worldbuilding middle ground of Warhammer 40k meets Fallout 4. The result is fun, but too corny to be serious, and not blatantly over-the-top enough to be properly B-movie material.
Quite simply, it's one of the best books I've read/listened to in ages. The premise is simple, John Booth, head of a squad of rangers after the Great Old Ones have risen to bring the apocalypse down upon the Earth, and his squad investigate a "Black cathedral". There's a fight. At some point, John blacks out. When he wakes, he has no memory of what happened to the rest of his squad, he's back in the Remnant, and he's been executed. Not really, of course, but that's where the story really begins. You follow along with him as he retraces his steps, learning about the new world in chunks here and there. It's quite the ride.
I can't say enough how I thrilled at every little detail the author put in. He's definitely a fan of the Cthulhu mythos, and it shows! Everything was perfect. I honestly can't imagine how it would be better. (Except to not have a certain character die... I honestly cried at that part in the DL. But even then, goes to show that I got *invested* in the book.) Well, maybe and a little more description when it came to the fight scenes, but that's a personal preference rather than any lack in the book.
As for the narration? Perfect. There is no other voice for Booth. None. Jeffrey Kafer's narration was easy to listen to but rough, at the same time, with a grittiness which went with the world, enhancing the total experience.
Read it. Listen to it. If you're a fan of post-apocalyptic literature or Cthulhu or the Weird West, you won't be disappointed.
This book was given to me free at my request. This review is voluntary, and it has in no way influenced the review. Matter of fact, I loved this book so much, I bought it for my kindle too, to page through and read at my leisure.
I was presently surprised. The brutality is there, no question. Zombies and Shoggoths and Hastur, Oh, my! But CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON is a different beast.
Even after the Old Ones rose and crushed the world, pockets of humanity remain. Humans (and human-ish) folks just a-hangin' on and trying to make the best of life on our now monster-glutted planet. Government employees, slave traders, tribes of Celt-like barbarians, cannibals, mob bosses, the works.
Enter one John Booth: warrior, father, husband,and now, pariah.
Touched by powers dark enough to give Bokrug a screaming case of genital herpes, he and a group of rather unlikely, slightly naughty (and some unrepentantly evil) companions have to brave the wilds of the wastelands, mix it up with mega-sized monsters, chase down a madman with an undead army and near god-like powers, and try to keep what's left of humanity from being snuffed out like ants would by an 8 year old kid with a magnifying glass and an inappropriate love for the show Dexter. The Cthulhu mythos meets doomsday noir, and gets imbued with a heapin' helping of post-apocalyptic ass-whoopery in this enjoyable tale of what human-kind may very well become, after the Old Ones finally shake off their slumber.
Grab a beer, put your feet up, and enjoy this one, because it's TOTALLY worth it!
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