An invasion...from prehistory!
When the Century Club is called in to prevent the assassination of FDR, it's just another day on the job - but what they discover puts not just the president, but the entire world in jeopardy.
With psychic dinosaurs taking over Manhattan and beyond, it's up to Sally Slick, Jet Black, Mack Silver, and the other Centurions to save humanity - from extinction!
Spirit of the CenturyTM Presents: Dinocalypse Now, a novel by Chuck Wendig.
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"A fun pulp-style romp. Wish I'd thought of it first!" (Brian Clevinger, author of Atomic Robo)
"Thrills! Chills! Stalwart heroes! Mad geniuses! A Conqueror Ape! And a whole lotta dinosaurs! Chuck Wendig's Dinocalypse Now takes on the Golden Age of pulps and beats it at its own game." (Stephen Blackmoore, author of City of the Lost)
Yes. It's just a fun action packed story. A tribute to pup adventures of old, without any pretention to be high art, and without feeling the need to mock or parody.
The main reason I wanted this was to get a feel for the universe of the role playing game on which it's based, and to get some idea of how 30's pulp action stories flow. I'd say it does the job brilliantly.
"Classic Pulp Adventuring"
Honestly, no, but that's because I love reading books myself and imagining my own characters. That said, this audiobook is definitely one of the best I've listened to. Looking forward to more in this series from the same narrator.
There are loads of fantastic scenes, full of comedy, action and adventure, but without wandering into spiler territory, let's say the opening fight around the Empire State Building. Don't cross FDR!
His character voice work was fantastic! His Professor Khan took a bit to get used to as it was the most dramatically different from my own imagination, but after a chapter or two, it started to feel right, and I really got into it. I think it'll always be how I hear the Son of Khan from now on! Mr. Wyman's pacing is fantastic as well, and the chapters flowed at about the pace I expected them too.
It made me alugh throughout, from the wonderful characterisations to the action-packed combat. The finale was suitably dramatic and emotionally charged, and leads directly into the sequel.
Dinocalypse Now is a wonderful piece. Having read it myself prior to the audiobook, I can also say that the audio is a faithful presentation of the story, well crafted and narrated with genuine life. If you've been starved for some new pulp adventures in the style of the classics, such as The Lost World, or Doc Savage, then Dinocalypse Now is a must-read, or, in this case, a must-listen!
You are going to want to go ahead and pick up "Beyond Dinocalypse" at the same time you get this one- just TRUST ME. This is a good story- lots of action & adventure. There are a lot of characters to keep track of but each one brings something unique to the story.
Oliver Wyman gives another wonderful performance with this book.
Note: Knowledge of the Spirit of the Century game is not necessary to enjoy this book.
"Just what I was looking for"
My husband and I have been craving some good pulp fiction. It's been surprisingly difficult to find. It occurred to me that the creators of the spirit of the century role playing game may have written material to coincide with the Rpg templates; like legend of the five rings or 7th seas. We were delirious with joy to see they had!
It's witty and the best kind of ridiculous. A quick read. My only minor complaint would be the authors aversion to writing fight scenes. He tended to "skip to the end" of a scene which means the story always moved along at a brisk pace but was an obvious break.
"Probably my last Oliver Wyman-read book."
I'm anxious to read another book by Wendig; most of the reviews of his horror and adventure books are very promising. Unfortunately I can't seem to get bast Wyman's reading style, which suffers from a cadence which, once noticed, I found gratingly predictable. Wyman's a fine actor during the dialog parts, and manages a nice range of characterizations, but his narrative tone just frustrates me.
I'm going to re-read the book in text format and see if I have a different impression. As it was, I couldn't wait to be finished and move on to a different book.
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