Kronos (Origins #5)

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Origins
Jeremy Robinson
Sci-fi
Variance Publishing LLC
January 20, 2009
Paperback
425

Two years after his wife's death, oceanographer and former navy SEAL, Atticus Young, attempts to reconcile with his rebellious daughter, Giona, by taking her on the scuba dive of a lifetime -- swimming with a pod of peaceful humpback whales in the Gulf of Maine. But the beauty of the sea belies a terror from the deep -- a horrific creature as immense as it is ancient. There is no blood, no scream, no fight. Giona is swallowed whole by the massive jaws. Only Atticus remains to suffer the shame of the survivor and his inconsolable grief turns to an unquenchable thirst for revenge.

Drawn by the spectacle, Trevor Manfred, a ruthless billionaire, approaches Atticus with a proposition: Trevor will make available all the advanced technology of his heavily armed mega-yacht, the Titan, to aid Atticus in his death-quest. In return, Trevor is to receive the beast's corpse as the ultimate hunting trophy. But in the midst of the hunt, Atticus makes a terrifying discovery that changes the way he sees the ocean's creatures and begs the question: what is Kronos? The answer sets him on a new and much more deadly course.

 

Ah, Jeremy Robinson. Been a while since I’ve read one of his books. And Kronos is actually a bit more standard sci-fi fare than his usual work. Most of his books (that I’ve read) involve some combination of action, sci-fi, and horror. Kronos is more of a sci-fi thriller and pretty much your typically modern-day sea monster story. This felt like a story that very easily could have been adapted into a Syfy Channel Original film. There were real heavy vibes of things like Deep Rising and Deep Blue Sea here. With an evil rich guy thrown in there too because “man is the real monster”, or something like that.

Anyway, this is unfortunately a book that suffers from a spoiler cover. The characters spend a fair amount of time trying to figure out what the monster is before its finally revealed. But, you know, it’s on the front cover. And the book is named after the title creature. And a lot more people are probably familiar with this particular type of dinosaur now than they were when Kronos was first published, thanks to Jurassic World. That all being said, this book isn’t really trying to throw readers for a loop anyway.

Is this a great work of literature? No. Is it connected to any other books in Jeremy Robinson’s multiverse? Technically yes, but not directly. You can absolutely read Kronos standalone (or skip it before reading his other books) and understand everything. What this book actually is, is fun. This is the book equivalent of a creature feature b-movie. And that fits a lot of Robinson’s work. He might not be the most renowned author, but he pretty consistently comes up with fun & interesting ideas. Including original concepts, which is a feat in and of itself. Kronos itself might not fit that bill, but it’s a fun easy read nonetheless.

July 4, 2021

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