- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 14 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Rick Chesler and David Sakmyster
- Audible.com Release Date: July 10, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B011CH9L4U
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Jurassic Dead Audiobook – Unabridged
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What could be better than a book about dinosaurs come to life? Does your taste run to zombies? Then, how about dinosaur zombies?
Yep, that’s what these two authors have cooked up.
The big, evil superpowers are digging under the last unspoiled wilderness on Earth; the Antarctic. Along comes our eco-hero and his friend who are determined to stop them. Of course, instead of stopping them, the hero manages to land in it big time.
He sees that they have found a T Rex, which he would swear is not dead as he is positive that it opened and closed its eye.
Instead of the superpowers having their way with the big guy (the T Rex), a super villain worthy of James Bond has managed to send a private cargo ship to Antarctica and kidnap the T Rex as well as two Cryolophosauruses. And there are actually two villains, another twist in the plot, as each one is determined to out nasty the other.
It’s not giving anything away to say that the microbes that have been buried under the ice for sixty-five million years are the reanimators of this story. If the T Rex manages to take someone’s hand off, it’s for sure that the zombie in the making will spread the virus to others.
So, eco warriors, digging for treasure, which turns out to be dinosaurs instead of minerals, zombies which move really quickly, lots of chomping, villains, even a heroine is mixed into the plot.
It’s an original premise with action from the first page. I’ve said it before, but it’s still true; this is a fun read and I can recommend it for the action/zombie/dinosaur lovers out there.
With guns! And helicopters! And rocket launchers! From a secret polar research expedition to a classic supervillain volcanic island base! With evil geniuses and sexy covert operatives and gore and guts and explosions and nonstop action carnage!
It’s like a video game, starting off with a few basic mobs and weapons, but ramping up with vehicles and gear, bigger maps, crazier obstacles and boss battles. Not necessarily a bad thing. Fun in a caricature-character, over-the-top absurd, don’t hesitate long enough to think about it kind of way.
But I wanted more dinosaurs. I always want more dinosaurs. And I found the whole notion of a frozen, revived, undead T. rex a little more plausible than most of the humans’ story arcs, reactions, or behavior.
The author has the good graces to get past the preliminary disaster-movie setup and into the action fairly quickly. I don't think a single plot point in the book will surprise anyone awake and reading the book right-side up, but I'll give him credit- when the book goes for violence, it delivers with an almost tangible delight in the gory aftermath. Some segments are so messy that it almost jumps from zombie/monster horror into body horror, which helps the book stand out from its competitors.
The dinosaurs themselves are sadly underused. A rewrite job could probably scrub them out of the story entirely without anthing changing too much. Still, I give the book three and a half stars, rounded up to four for having the stones to go with a title and cover like that.
I am looking forward to book 2 in this story.