Title: Kaiju Winter | Series: Kaiju Winter #1 | Author: Jake Bible | Publisher: Severed Press | Pub. Date: 2014-6-10 | Pages: 245 | ASIN: B00KWS1AC2 | Genre: Kaiju Sci-Fi Thriller | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited
The Yellowstone super volcano has begun to erupt, sending North America into chaos and the rest of the world into panic. People are dangerous and desperate to escape the oncoming mega-eruption, knowing it will plunge the continent, and the world, into a perpetual ashen winter. But no matter how ready humanity is, nothing can prepare them for what comes out of the ash: Kaiju! – Goodreads
Kaiju Winter Review
Kaiju Winter is a fast-paced exploration of the possible end of the world where the Yellowstone Caldera erupting isn’t nearly the worst thing that could happen to America. It’s a mad scrabble for survival even before the monsters start coming out of the ground. There’s toerags, dinguses, and ego-fueled hero type characters galore as smaller dramas unfold even amongst threats of squishage. Once Kaiju Winter starts, it steadily builds up the tension until it’s thundering full steam ahead. And you’re whooping and enjoying the ride.
I think Kaiju Winter was aiming to be bad-good Syfy movie material. Or maybe it was just a throwback to the cheesy monster movies in general. The ones you watched late at night before Syfy was even a gleam in it’s creator’s eye. And in that aspect it succeeds. And it would have been ‘succeeds wonderfully’, except for the fact that some of the humor felt jammed in unnecessarily. Yes, I am a potty-mouth, but at a certain point the sheer amount of f-bombs dropped in this book started to grate on my nerves.Well, the general crudity of the characters was what got to me. The language was just the trigger, I think. The only character I really liked died fairly early on. The rest of the (non religious nutcase) survivors were somewhere between ‘okay’ and ‘make me wanna slap a person’. The drama concerning the family unit was a bit unnecessary. I could have done with more squishing, less emotions. Still, it was an entertaining read.
If you’re looking for an action-packed monster-filled book to slake your lust for death and destruction, Kaiju Winter is your book. It’s filled with stomping, roaring, flying and crawling beasties from ‘effing huge’ to ‘oh god, oh god, we’re all gonna die’ size. There’s even the requisite toerag that you know is gonna die a particularly horrible death at some point. Just like you know you’re going to be cheering the monster on when it happens. (I was kind of hoping the dude would suffocate to death in a massive pile of Kaiju droppings. You don’t get everything you want in life though.)
But, but… what was up with the ash thing at the end?! Seriously, what in the world was that?! I feel like I missed something, because it just made me go straight from “Oooh, monsters, monsters everywhere!” to “What..the…” *screams* “That’s not even possible!” … And I was reading a book about gigantic Kaiju coming out of the Yellowstone Caldera! I’d already suspended disbelief pretty darn far!
I liked Kaiju Winter, but I didn’t love it nearly as much as Stone Cold Bastards. If I could rate in halfsies, I’d make this a 3.5 instead of a 4. Jake Bible can, I think, always be counted upon to tell an entertaining tale. I’ve never read one of the man’s books that I actively disliked. However, Kaiju Winter felt like it just tried too hard. Still, it’s definitely a fun book to read and I don’t regret the few hours I spent trapped in his gigantic monster filled world. (Not gonna continue with the series, though.)