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"Robinson blends myth, science and terminal velocity action like no one else." -- Scott Sigler, NY Times Bestselling author of INFECTED and ANSCESTOR
"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, NY Times bestselling author of THE DESCENT
"Jeremy Robinson is an original and exciting voice." --Steve Berry, NY Times bestselling author of THE EMPEROR'S TOMB
"With THRESHOLD, Jeremy Robinson goes pedal to the metal into very dark territory. Fast-paced, action packed and wonderfully creepy! Highly recommended!" --Jonathan Maberry, NY Times bestselling author of ROT & RUIN
" [SecondWorld] is gripping, propelled by expertly controlled pacing and lively characters. Robinson's punchy prose style will appeal to fans of Matthew Reilly's fast-paced, bigger-than-life thrillers, but this is in no way a knockoff. It's a fresh and satisfying thriller that should bring its author plenty of new fans." -- Booklist
"A brisk thriller with neatly timed action sequences, snappy dialogue and the ultimate sympathetic figure in a badly burned little girl with a fighting spirit... The Nazis are determined to have the last gruesome laugh in this efficient doomsday thriller." -- Kirkus Reviews
" Relentless pacing and numerous plot twists drive this compelling stand-alone from Robinson... Thriller fans and apocalyptic fiction aficionados alike will find this audaciously plotted novel enormously satisfying." --Publisher's Weekly
About the Author
JEREMY ROBINSON is the author of thirty novels and novellas including the highly praised, SECONDWORLD, as well as PULSE, INSTINCT, THRESHOLD and RAGNAROK the first three books in his exciting Jack Sigler series. Robinson is also known as the #1 Amazon.com horror writer, Jeremy Bishop, author of THE SENTINEL and the controversial novel, TORMENT. His novels have been translated into ten languages. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and three children.
Project Nemesis is a SciFi / monster story reminiscent of the old Godzilla movies....only much better. The book has a solid, satisfying conclusion, while at the same time leaving the door open to sequels. And Robinson should consider writing those sequels because he has a winner here - both in the story line and with the loveable characters. Nemesis also proves once again that Robinson is better without any co-authors. Any of his fans realize that all of the Chess Team novellas were co-written, along with Ragnarok, with other authors. Nemesis is Jeremy Robinson by himself and at the top of his game again. A very enjoyable read.
I am very involved in the kaiju community, and I’ve been hearing praise for Project Nemesis for years. This series has been on the backburner for me because my interests existed elsewhere. However, it wasn’t until Robinson posted on Facebook that he invented the kaiju thriller genre that my interest turned to this novel.
How should I say this? This book is not good. It’s not the worst I’ve ever read, but I hardly think it deserves the praise it gets within the kaiju community. I have read other kaiju novels out there that do the job better than Project Nemesis – Marc Cerasini’s Godzilla series, MM9 by Hiroshi Yamamoto, Godzilla by Greg Cox, Pacific Rim by Alex Irvine, King Kong by Delos Lovelace, Raiju by K.H. Koehler. Those are just a few examples of the literary kaiju genre, and some are licensed novelizations of preexisting products, but they are better than Project Nemesis. I can’t pin-point a singular issue that makes the novel bad; instead, it is holistically bad. I’ll break down several key areas that provide my reasoning. Think of it as a rubric.
Characters – The character are flat. Motivations are entirely plot driven, meaning that character don’t feel unique. They barely have a drive outside of “Oh no, there’s a monster!” Jon Hudson, the protagonist, feels like an authorial insert, but not for Robinson. He is like an adolescent’s Mary Sue from a story on fanfiction.net. Whenever a problem arises, Hudson instantly knows the solution – he has a dearth of knowledge that just moves him and other characters through the novel. Collins, our female sheriff and secondary protagonist, is literally what I just wrote. Her characterization is nothing more than “I am the female character who can kick ass, but more importantly, I serve as the romantic interest for the protagonist.” Hudson just interjects on how attractive and girlfriend-worthy she is in the middle of his narration. The romance is forced. Most other characters are just cut outs that feel replaceable. Except for the antagonist. The antagonist reads like a comic book villain from the 60s – he’s got a motivation, yeah, but not a good one. His henchmen, Katsu Endo, is just a racial stereotype: the always obedient Japanese that respects his culture (which happens to be kaiju). Endo feels like he could be developed more and be more interesting. Nemesis, the kaiju, is bland and driven by revenge against humans. Tone – We’re caught between edgy and cringingly comedic. People are just killed left and right, without any reasonable motivation (besides the kaiju killing. That makes sense). Hudson’s narration goes between serious and “Here’s a bad joke and here’s me suggesting affection towards Collins.”
Writing/Syntax – Robinson’s writing works. I’ve read other books by him and he isn’t a bad writer. However, his syntax and form is just bad. The primary offender would be the point of view in the novel. I’ve read novels where the POV switches between 1st person and 3rd person (the Joe Ledger novels by Jonathan Maberry, for example). Robinson does the same, but the tense changes. The Hudson chapters are written in 1st person present whilst the non-Hudson chapters are written in the 3rd person past. This switch of tense is irritating and removes the reader from the narrative.
Plot – The overall plot follows the standard solo-monster narrative. However, the internal logic of the story is just…unbelievable. Some spoilers ahead. I mentioned character motivations and how flimsy they are, and that leads to world building. A character offers a giant monster to a Google-Stand in….because that makes sense? Human and kaiju DNA are just fused for plot reasons that are always nefarious – nothing besides that. Nemesis is revealed to be a god alien monster thing? It isn’t really confirmed. I know this is a story about giant monsters, but saying a giant monster is a god out of nowhere without any internal logic to the statement is poor writing. This revelation isn’t built up, but stated simply. I could hardly take the novel seriously at that point. The military acted in a way that was inaccurate, too. The world logic is inconsistent or non-existent and a lot of plot points needed better explanation.
Matt Frank’s art, however, is good. That’s a plus. However, this book falls into the same tropes and traps bad kaiju films fall into, but unlike some of those movies, Project Nemesis has no charm.
“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 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.
I had this book on my Amazon Wish List....Once it dropped to $0.99 I jumped right on it and started reading it immediately. This is a fun read. Tons of action, death and destruction, but still a fun easy read. I liked all the characters, to include the giant monster (Nemesis). The story is very similiar to countless Godzilla movies. But there is always a backstory to all the Godzilla movies and the same here. The monster is not just ramblining around. Looking forward to more "Kaiju" thrillers by Jeremy Robinson.