Book Chat: Jurassic Dead
Once a week I’ll be discussing a Book or Movie/TV Series I love. Or posting a submission from a reader/author about a movie or book in the horror or zombie genre. Sharing the love of a book or movie as if you were talking with a friend.
The offering this week is a novel with a twist, combining zombies & dinosaurs.
An Antarctic research team hoping to study microbial organisms in an underground lake discovers something far more amazing: perfectly preserved dinosaur corpses. After one thaws and wakes ravenously hungry, it becomes apparent that death, like life, will find a way. Environmental activist Alex Ramirez, son of the expedition’s paleontologist, came to Antarctica to defend the organisms from extinction, but soon learns that it is the human race that needs protecting.
What a fun read. I love zombie stories and I love dinosaurs, so this was a great choice for me.
Marcus, a paleontologist, is hired to oversee the recovery of several dinosaur specimens from the Antarctic. He is hired by a mysterious billionaire, DeKirk, with questionable motives. Meanwhile, his activist son Alex has made it to a different site ahead of him. When Alex’s friend is killed by a bunch of crazed looking Russians, he runs for his life. Something about the men was so wrong.
When he makes it to his dads’ dig site, Alex is astonished by the T-Rex remains. They are so well-preserved, except for areas that looked savaged, like it had been in a fight for its life when it was alive. Then it rolls one eye and freaked out Alex tries to convince his dad what he saw. Marcus is not happy with the trouble Alex is in; trouble seems to follow his son wherever he goes.
Once the T-Rex’s carcass is put in the hold of the ship, all hell breaks loose. The T-Rex wakes up and is hungry! It doesn’t take long for things to escalate as bitten personnel turn into something more than zombies. Creatures with reptilian characteristics; scaled skin, long, jagged teeth and slit eyes. The people regroup in the facilities on an island, where DeKirk wants lab results from the recovered beasts. Besides the T-Rex, there were two Cryos dinosaurs.
Marcus had a hand chewed off, and he slowly turns. You can tell he is trying to retain his humanity as the story progresses. Maybe because his son is nearby. Toward the end, Marcus tries to save Alex even though he is barely hanging on. It was a touching scene. Alex has paired with with an attractive woman, Veronica, who was on board as a CIA operative to try and find out what DeKirk is up to. Suspicions are that it has to do with biological warfare.
The rest of the story, Alex and Veronica try to survive the many dino/zombies running around, plus the T-Rex and the two Cryos. Lots of action and gore as people fall to the mighty predators and zombies. I was glad that these two characters seemed to be headed towards a hook up. But I saw the writing on the wall with DeKirk, who wasn’t going to stop his insane search for the Holy Grail of bio weapons just because a lot of people were slaughtered or eaten. Of course, the last chapter, DeKirk’s team had discovered more dinosaur remains.
I’ll have to read the rest of the series:
Jurassic Dead 2: Z-Volution
Jurassic Dead 3