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Friday, September 14, 2012

Dinosaur Jazz (The Jurassic Club #1) by Michael Panush

Dinosaur Jazz
Acheron Island is a world lost to time, home to prehistoric creatures from earth’s savage past.

The island’s occupants range from ferocious, man-eating dinosaurs and savage Ape Man tribes to strange ruins from a lost civilization. It is also home to Sir Edwin Crowe, son of the Victorian explorer who discovered Acheron Island, renowned big game hunter, scarred Great War veteran, and last of the world’s Gentleman Adventurers.

But now Acheron Island has some new residents – ruthless American businessman Selwyn Slade and an army of corporate cronies. Why has Slade brought all of his modern industrial power to conquer this world from the past? Can Sir Edwin uncover his strange purpose and protect this prehistoric world? Sir Edwin’s only allies are his stalwart Ape Man partner, a beautiful torch singer with a mysterious agenda, his strong-willed sister and her archaeologist boyfriend, and a family of American tourists – and they’re about to become the last hope of a lost world.

Its Jazz Age meets the Mesozoic Age in a world where cave men, gangsters, hunters, zeppelins, pirates, warlords and dinosaurs clash for a chance of survival. All that and more is waiting for you in Dinosaur Jazz, a tale of high adventure in a prehistoric world.
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Length: 320 pages (E-book)
Source: NetGalley ARC
Publication Date: June 13th 2012 by Curiosity Quills Press
I absolutely loved this novel. It had me as soon as I saw the title and the cover. The summary was just an added bonus because as soon as I saw it I requested it from NetGalley. How could I not? It's no secret that I have a minor major obsession with dinosaurs, prehistoric beasts, and hominids and have been since I was a little kid.
Dinosaur Jazz had everything I could ask for. It was as though I were reading a mash up of an Indiana Jones novel, The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroghs. The  last two being two of my favourite writers in the entire world.
I really loved the world in which author Michael Panush created Archeron Island and his merry and of gun toting characters. I'd have to say my favourite character besides Sir Edwin was James his Ape Man partner who was raised along side him as a brother.
Sir Edwin's father was the man who discovered the island that was lost in time and he is the premier game warden/travel guide on the island. He loves the island with every fiber of his being and he'll stop at nothing in order to see that the sanctity of the island and all of it's inhabitants people and animals are kept safe especially from one another.
So when things start going wrong on the island Edwin takes matters into his on hands in an attempted to save his beloved island home with his friends. Seriously, this book is probably one of the best adventure novels I've ever read. There's such an intensity to the authors writing that I couldn't help but become addicted to the story. There are dinosaurs, warriors and ape men to contend with in this novel and all of those elements lend themselves to an extremely readable, heart pounding adventure.
The writing was superb as were his apt descriptions, wonderful characterization and his ability to keep me reading as well as keeping me guessing as to what would happen next. I for one cannot wait to read the second book in the Jurassic Club series so I hope the author is hard at work writing it as we speak because he just gained a new fan in me. This is one novel that even though I have it in E-book format I will be buying myself a paperback as soon as I can.
I would recommend this book to everyone especially those who like old style adventure novels in the spirit of Doyle or Burroughs. I advise going into it with an open mind because it does take place in the early 1920's so the way people spoke is different and if you aren't familiar with the era it can take some getting used to. I think this would appeal to a lot of people because it is such a different style of book than the others that are on the market. If you do read it I hope you like it as much as I did.
* I received a free copy of this book from the published via NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not compensated in any way.
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Awesome, I loved it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★


  1. Now, this review looks interesting.
    I loved Jurrasic Park, and this one looks like an extension.
    LOVED your review and definitely added to my TBR pile
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  2. Fantastic review. Makes me want to watch jurassic park. Who doesnt love dinos. I know i do. I should check out the book myself.

    1. You can read it when I buy a print copy :) You would probably really like this one.

  3. I cant wait. :) it will hold me over until hopefully they make a jurassic park 4 :)

    1. I hope they do make it. We should have a Jurassic Park Marathon :)

  4. Absolutely i never tire of those movies. I loved when we watched them the last time. We should watch all the paranormal activity movies and get ready for the forth too :)


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