Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Kaiju Thriller Falls Short


Island 731Island 731 by Jeremy Robinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A storm-tossed ship winds up in the lagoon of an uncharted island. As the characters sift through the damage, crew members go missing. Searching the island for lost shipmates, the protagonist stumbles upon remains of a notorious World War II Japanese dark science outfit known as Unit 731. But park ranger Mark Hawkins soon learns that gruesome experimentations have never stopped.

This seemed like two books: a half horror-thriller and the rest a justification for what came first. The chief antagonist seemed impossibly smart for his age, the scientific justifications thin, the evil agency behind it all opaque. To keep the plot moving in the second half, the author unloaded back story like a man lightening a balloon to stay airborne. And while such a practice justified the narrative, it threw me out of the story.

Which is a shame, since good action scenes combined with a stripped-down writing style made this tale zip along. More foreshadowing may've helped.

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2 comments:

Johanna PoirotFan_FictionFan said...

Not generally my kind of story anyway, and the idea that the writer scrambled to fill a plot-hole doesn't help the cause either.

HAPPY NEW YEAR in case I don't hear from you over the weekend!!! 🎈🎇

JP Mac said...

Thanks, Johanna.

May you experience a profitable, healthy and satisfying 2018.