Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bad Times: Cannibal Gold

   Okay, we know I'm a sucker for a time travel story. And I like hard hitting action yarns. So when I read the premise of Chuck Dixon's short novel Cannibal Gold it sounded like my sort of thing.

Four Days.
For the fight of their lives.
It was just a walk in the desert to a place 100, 000 years in the past.
They thought they knew what to expect but they were wrong.
Now a team of scientists is trapped in a world they were not prepared
for and can never return from.
Their only hope lies in quartet of former US Army Rangers willing to
travel to prehistoric Nevada and face unknown horrors and impossible
odds bring them home from Bad Times.
New York Times bestselling author Chuck Dixon presents the first in a new original science fiction series featuring the kind of action, breakneck pacing and suspense that millions of readers around the world have come to expect.
Following up on his Kindle sensation series of SEAL Team 6 books, Chuck creates a new cast of characters and a new universe of adventure starting here with Cannibal Gold.

   Sounds pretty up an at 'em, eh? Now add the fact that the novella was written by one of my all time favorite comic book writers and this was pretty much a no-brainer for me.
   In my posts about Dixon's run on Savage Sword of Conan I mentioned that he seemed to enjoy writing stories where Conan was part of a mercenary band. We get the same sort of camaraderie here. The former rangers are some bad-ass individuals and after a bit of a setback, trying to stick to the rules set them by the scientists who sent them back in time, they come back on their own terms and kick some serious butt. Nobody says 'Crom count the dead!' but it has the same sort of energy as Dixon's comic book work. This is the first time I've read any of Dixon's prose and it's very tight. Things move along quickly and there's plenty of attention paid to ordnance and tactics and such. If you like Military SF and enjoy a good time travel yarn, this one's for you. It's also the first in a series so more fun to come. Recommended.


1 comment:

Paul R. McNamee said...

Noted and on my (ever-growing) Kindle wishlist.