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Betrayal on Monster Earth

by James Palmer

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For more than five decades, mankind has shared the planet Earth with deadly giant creatures. Through the years, man has learned to harness these fearsome forces of nature for good-and sometimes for ill. But all that is about to change. In 1985, a frightening discovery has been made. A gene harvested from a lost dinosaur in the Congo is about to shift the global balance of power forever. When this genetic material falls into the hands of a cadre of zealots, the race is on for the End of All Things. Then, it will no longer be Man against Monster, but Man against Something Else... Prepare yourself for... The Betrayal! Creators James Palmer and Jim Beard, along with Edward M. Erdelac, Thomas Deja, Fraser Sherman, and Jeff McGinnis take you back to a startling world of monster action, political intrigue, and daring adventure! All this and more await you in... Betrayal on Monster Earth! PRAISE FOR MONSTER EARTH "It's geeky fun. You will love it." --RevolutionSF.com "A cool new take on a classic concept." --Kaiju Battle Blog "...a 'Must Read' book for those of us who grew up with Godzilla movies on a Saturday afternoon at the local cinema." --Ralph L. Angelo Jr., author of The Cagliostro Chronicles… (more)
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The sequal to Monster Earth! picks up in time where the previous collection left off. Some of your favorite authors may make a re-appearance here with additional tales of kaiju madness (see Erdelac's excellent 'A Haunt of Jackals'), others are fresh faces. As the alternate history timeline catches up with present day (as of publishing date at least) it starts to increasingly dovetail with real events. Unlike the first collection, there is an overall story arc being told here involving a worldwide illuminati like cult bent on using the kaiju to help usher in some sort of apocalypse/possibly welcome some sort of extraterrestrial kaiju? Its not exactly clear, honestly, and a little bit disappointing as it feels like its gradually descending into the realm of the Weird or even Bizarro by the end.
There are also some editing issues that could have made this a bit more readable...there's no index of the stories with titles/authors/page numbers...possibly because there are no page numbers either throughout the book? Maybe its an issue with the newer edition I got, as I couldn't track down the edition with the original cover art that more closely resembled the previous book.
Erdelac's story is outstanding, and I really enjoyed Beard's 'Big Juju' as an opener and McInnis' 'Reggie', but overall the collection was a let down, even as a big fan of its predecessor. The cult subplot, which isn't very well fleshed out or explained feels very forced throughout. I think trying to find some common thread to bind the stories together, besides just retelling historical events in this new world, was a big detractor. Read it if you really love one of the authors involved, but otherwise probably skip it. ( )
  jdavidhacker | Aug 4, 2023 |
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For more than five decades, mankind has shared the planet Earth with deadly giant creatures. Through the years, man has learned to harness these fearsome forces of nature for good-and sometimes for ill. But all that is about to change. In 1985, a frightening discovery has been made. A gene harvested from a lost dinosaur in the Congo is about to shift the global balance of power forever. When this genetic material falls into the hands of a cadre of zealots, the race is on for the End of All Things. Then, it will no longer be Man against Monster, but Man against Something Else... Prepare yourself for... The Betrayal! Creators James Palmer and Jim Beard, along with Edward M. Erdelac, Thomas Deja, Fraser Sherman, and Jeff McGinnis take you back to a startling world of monster action, political intrigue, and daring adventure! All this and more await you in... Betrayal on Monster Earth! PRAISE FOR MONSTER EARTH "It's geeky fun. You will love it." --RevolutionSF.com "A cool new take on a classic concept." --Kaiju Battle Blog "...a 'Must Read' book for those of us who grew up with Godzilla movies on a Saturday afternoon at the local cinema." --Ralph L. Angelo Jr., author of The Cagliostro Chronicles

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