I heard about Jeremy Robinson from the Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters shorts collection. It was one of the most well liked anthologies on /r/fantasy last year, so I put Robinson’s name in the back of my mind. A few days ago I was just really in the mood to read something fun, easy to read, and that had giant monsters. I decided to go with Project Nemesis by Jeremy Robinson and it was just ridiculously over the top, just how I wanted it to be.
Jon Hudson is an investigator for the Department of Homeland Security under the paranormal tag. When there are things that can’t be explained they send him in to check things out. Usually this means free vacations and ridicule from actual DHS investigators. While in Maine in the search for Sasquatch he encounters armed guards surrounding a facility near where the sightings took place. With the local sherrif, Ashley Collins, they investigate the facility, and almost get killed. They soon find out that biological experiments were happening at that facility and a fast growing monster has been unleashed into the North East. They must investigate what the people were doing at the facility, try to find out a way to stop the monster, and maybe figure out the reasons the monster is doing what it is doing.
I knew coming into this book it wasn’t going to be high literature or anything. I told myself not to be too critical while reading Project Nemesis because my main goal was just to be entertained and it did. Project Nemesis is written in an extremely common way that embraces a lot of the tropes that are found in 90s action movies. Jon Hudson is an investigator that is just too good at his job for who he is. Hudson really can’t do no wrong and he is the embodiment of the perfect man to Jeremy Robinson. Sheriff Collins is a kick butt woman that knows how to fight but is also drop dead gorgeous. Hudson and Collins hit it off and like most 90s action movies they flirt back and forth while getting shot at. If you’ve seen a Nicolas Cage, Jean Claude-Van Damme, Steven Seagal, or even a Liam Neeson movie in the last 25 years, you’ll know exactly what type of book this is. The thing of it is, I didn’t let this bother me too much. I knew it was going to be campy and I just embraced it. This is definitely a “bro” book through and through.
I was never bored while reading Project Nemesis. The action is ridiculous but it is a lot of fun. I found myself finishing this book in three sittings. I actually really liked the plot revolving around the kaiju. The way the kaiju was created and its connections to other characters was my favorite part of the book. Just reading the mayhem that this creature created was so entertaining. The body count in this book is huge and there are some gory scenes of violence here and there. Not only is there the monster that wipes out towns but there are some pretty messed up people involved too.
Overall, if you are looking for a monster kaiju book, give this one a try. If you are looking for pure entertainment that isn’t suppose to be taken seriously, give this a try. If you are looking for a book that will make kaiju fiction be the next big thing in speculative fiction, I would recommend looking elsewhere. It was fun and I’m glad I read it. When the desire to read mindless action, adventure, and giant monsters with Mary Sue characters strikes me again, I will definitely pick up the sequel. A good filler book between super serious reads.
Plot – 3(Good)
Characters – 2(O.K.)
Setting/World Building – 3(Good)
Writing Style – 2(O.K.)
Reaction – 2(O.K.)