- Series: Kronos Rising (Book 2)
- Paperback: 552 pages
- Publisher: Far From The Tree Press, LLC (April 24, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692658149
- ISBN-13: 978-0692658147
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Our first introduction to the Kraken is an unsettling one. Hawthorne’s writing evokes a sense of awe and terror, tapping into a deeply-rooted and primal fear of the unknown. The Kraken possesses an otherworldly aura which is hard to describe, but it really makes your skin crawl.
Despite the emergence of the mighty Kraken, the pliosaurs still have a big part to play in the sequel to Kronos Rising. In the thirty years that have passed since the Paradise Cove incident, their numbers have exploded and they have ravaged the Earth’s seas.
While exposition can be somewhat tedious by times, it is put together here with a wickedly dark sense of humor that makes getting into the loop of things a whole lot of fun. Lampooning ‘the reality TV generation’, Hawthorne introduces us to some of the more absurd aspects of the world of Kraken. Between the ‘Pliosaur Wars’ television series (a satirical sideswipe at real TV shows like ‘Whale Wars’) and ‘Kronosaur Krunchies’ (a breakfast cereal aimed at children where the pieces of cereal are shaped like humans and have a red goo centre), this is a world where popular culture and human greed have gone absolutely mad. And that’s without mentioning the hilariously ill-fated attempt to put a juvenile pliosaur on display in a Sea World-esque tourist attraction; suffice to say, it ends up costing somebody an arm and a leg! Funnily (or sadly, depending on your point of view), it’s probably not too far from what might really go down if prehistoric sea monsters showed up in the modern times and started causing trouble.
Hawthorne hasn’t lost his penchant for crafting an exhilarating underwater battle, nor his ability to craft compelling characters that aren’t even human . . . this new book will be quite a bit more satirical than its predecessor, with a newfound emphasis on a dark brand of humor which will make you laugh when you’re conscience tells you that you probably shouldn’t.”
-Sean Markey, Geek Ireland
KRONOS RISING: KRAKEN Editorial Review
In 2014, Max Hawthorne’s KRONOS RISING became a huge hit with readers of sea monster fiction. Now, two years later, he has returned with the hotly demanded sequel. While most authors would have played it safe and stuck to a formula emulating the successful elements of the first novel (think the Meg series), Hawthorne’s vision is cast on a larger canvas. KRAKEN jumps ahead 30 years into the future, depicting a worldwide ecological shift in earth’s oceans as a consequence of the events in the first novel. Using new technological tools and weapons developed in the ensuing years, the governments of the world have banded together to fight the all-too-real menace posed by the rise of giant pliosaurs as the world’s deadliest ocean predators. Fleets of anti-biologic submarines actively hunt the monsters, trying to destroy them, and not always successfully.
This aspect of the novel reminded me of Arthur. C. Clarke’s wonderful novel THE DEEP RANGE, where whales are a food source for humans and are herded like cattle by submariners who protect them from sea serpents and Megalodon sharks. While the monstrous pliosaurs are very much center stage in the tale, an evil and even more ancient biological terror from the deep is the novel’s namesake. Other paleo- horrors make appearances, as well. Max Hawthorne certainly knows how to tell and pace a fine adventure tale, in the tradition of Robert E. Howard. Don’t miss this wonderful addition to the Kronos Rising series. And this is only Volume 1 of the story!
Richard M. Reagan, CRYPTOMUNDO
I love summer, but with work, writing and mowing the lawn, I read less. I still make time to read every day. It just takes me longer. I just finishedKronos Rising: Kraken (Volume 1) and I'm glad I took the time to read it. It's the follow-up to Kronos Rising by Max Hawthorne.
Kronos Rising is an award winning book, but I didn't read it because of that. I read it to read about a giant reptile eating people.
In Kronos Rising, a kronosaurus is introduced to the modern ecosystem of the oceans. A small, breeding population has survived. One of these prehistoric predators rises from the depths to terrorize a coastal community that won’t be idyllic soon.
As we open to the events of Kraken, thirty years have passed since the destruction of Paradise Cove. Since then, pliosaurs the size of whales have wreaked havoc on the world’s oceans. Despite tragic losses, Garm Braddock and his brother Dirk wage a bloody war of attrition against the voracious marine reptiles: Garm from the helm of the anti-biologic submarine Gryphon and his brother from the top-secret military research facility known as TARTARUS.
In spite of ongoing attempts to destroy them, the prehistoric predators that rose from the ashes of Diablo Caldera continue to multiply. They are bringers of death, and via more than just their deadly jaws. Their blood contains a primeval pathogen so virulent that, left unchecked, could spell the end of mammalian life.
Meanwhile, in the icy darkness of the deep, an evil as ancient as the dinosaurs stirs in response to the changes in Earth’s oceans. Rising hungrily to the surface, it brings with it an intellect as cold as the abyss and an irrepressible need to destroy and devour and conquer.
I enjoy marine terror, and if you do too, I suggest checking it out. Max did his homework, and it tells in the story, and the story is what's important. It's interesting speculation on what would happen if prehistoric creatures were let loose in the current ecosystem. It's Jurassic World on steroids. It's a fun, fast read even if you have to take the kids to the ball game and mow the lawn.
While stories of resurrected prehistoric monsters are well known in the big screen, when it comes to books they are a niche topic. With Michael Crichton passing, Steve Alten, author of the popular Meg franchise, has enjoyed a monopoly since 1997. This changed in 2014 with the emergence of Max Hawthorne’s Kronos Rising, a gripping yarn about a hungry pliosaur terrorizing a coastal community. The success of Kronos Rising proved there’s plenty of room for at least two big ‘fish’ in the sea as far as crafting monster stories is concerned.
Set 30 years later, Kraken – Volume 1 brings readers to a world where pliosaurs have taken over the oceans, toppling food chains and driving many species to the brink of extinction. What’s worse is they spread a disease fatal to mammalian life. If all that weren’t bad enough, the dwindling population of whales has caused another terror to make their presence known; a race of gigantic octopuses driven to the surface after their food supply was cut off. In an attempt to restore sanity, humanity has built fleets of heavily armed submarines to combat the pliosaur threat, in addition to an advanced ‘bio-weapons’ division which seeks to weaponize the monsters and turn them against their own.
Hawthorne certainly made good on his promise to introduce a variety of new creatures in his sequel. His pliosaurs are joined by the titular Kraken, who have no problem pulling apart a medium-sized ship and/or plucking hapless people from their decks, as well as another legendary hunter of the seas (to avoid spoiling one of the book’s best surprises, its name will not be mentioned). The most terrifying monster in Kraken by far is referred to as ‘the parasite’ – by Jove it is one of the most unpleasant critters ever committed to paper!
Kraken – Volume 1 is a worthy successor to Kronos Rising. With plenty of action, horror and a dark sense of humor, there is much to be enjoyed in this tome. Fans of monster-based carnage should consider this an essential purchase.
Sean Markey, Geek Ireland
About the Author
Max Hawthorne was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Philadelphia, where he graduated with a BA from Central High School and a BFA from the University of the Arts. He is the author of the bestseller MEMOIRS OF A GYM RAT, an outrageous exposé of the health club industry, as well as the award-winning KRONOS RISING novel series. In addition to being a full-time writer, he is a voting member of the Author's Guild, an IGFA world record-holding angler, and an avid sportsman and conservationist. His hobbies include fishing, boating, and the collection of fossils and antiquities. He lives with his family and an impossibly large rabbit in the Greater Northeast.
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The story follows an all new cast of characters, each with their own back story and history, and not all of them are human. Glad to see that hasn't changed since the first book.
My favorite character is also the setting: the ocean in conflict. The sea is currently locked in a fight of Mesozoic vs modern and the struggle to return to a balance is incredibly compelling.
There are also more monsters than you can shake a stick at. This is the Aliens to Kronos Rising's Alien. We also get a lot of variety in creatures and even a brawl or two.
The detracted star comes from the human element. I feel like too much time was spent developing intrigues between characters and few of them developed into anything I cared about. Which is a shame, because the human element in the 1st book is really well executed. I know these will pay off in the next book, but my crocodile brain just wanted someone to get eaten. There are also some sex scenes that kind of drag on and don't really add anything to the plot. To be honest the only relationships I cared about were between the brothers and 2 sea monsters. Maybe I'll feel differently after Volume 2 when the loose ends are tied up.
Fortunately this didn't kill my enjoyment of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm now chomping at the bit waiting for Volume 2. This book did an excellent job at laying the foundation for future adventures.
I give it 4 titanic tapeworms out of 5.