Dinocalypse Now by Chuck Wendig
Publisher: Evil Hat Productions
Kind thanks to Evil Hat Productions for providing a review copy
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!
Dinocalypse Now starts off with a bang as Jet Black falls from the sky during a speech given by FDR, jet pack sputtering and hissing, punctured by bite marks. Bite marks! What, you may ask, can bite into metal? Well, the title of the book is a pretty good clue. Jet Black is a Centurion, an intrepid group of crime fighters with hideouts and bases all over the world. His counterpart, Sally Slick, is on the ground, part of the gathered crowd, when she begins to notice that everyone in the crowd may not be human. They’re humanoid, but with scales and sharp teeth, not to mention mind control powers, they’re a force to be reckoned with. However, it’s eventually discovered that they weren’t sent to assassinate FDR at all, but to take out the Centurions. Thus begins a race to find the source of the dino-invasion and save all of humanity from servitude at the hand of a (rather hairy) megalomaniac bent on world domination!
Dinosaurs! Apes in kilts! Jetpacks! Dirigibles! Teleportation! It’s all here in Dinocalypse Now! I adore anything Chuck Wendig writes, and this was no exception. Sally Slick and crew are a ton of fun with larger than life personalities that leap from the page. My favorite character, though, is a kilt wearing, erudite ape named Professor Khan, who teaches at Oxford and serves as consultant to the Centurions, but always longs to join in on the adventures. He gets his wish, and the interaction between him and the crew is nothing short of charming. These globe hopping heroes will go up against multiple foes vying for control of New York City, using their wits, gadgets, and plain determination to see good win over evil. I especially enjoyed the 30s touches and pulp sensibility. If you love a good adventure, rapid fire pacing, great characters, and of course the endless creativity of Chuck Wendig, you’ll have a blast with Dinocalypse Now!
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