Kronos Rising: Kraken Reviewed

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on June 6th, 2016


Kronos Rising: Kraken
Reviewed by Richard Reagan

In 2014, Max Hawthorne’s KRONOS RISING, a novel about a monster pliosaur freed from an extinct caldera near Cuba, and its subsequent terrorization of a small Florida coastal community, became a huge hit with readers of sea monster fiction. Now, two years later, he has returned with the hotly demanded sequel, which takes the story in unexpected and surprising directions. While most authors would have played it safe and stuck to a formula emulating the successful elements of the first novel (think the Meg series), Hawthorne’s vision is cast on a larger canvas. While the main protagonists and a few of the animal characters from the first novel figure prominently in the new story, KRAKEN jumps ahead 30 years into the future, depicting a worldwide ecological shift in earth’s oceans as a consequence of the events in the first novel. Using new technological tools and weapons developed in the ensuing years, the governments of the world have banded together to fight the all-too-real menace posed by the rise of giant pliosaurs as the world’s deadliest ocean predators. Fleets of anti-biologic submarines actively hunt the monsters, trying to destroy them, and not always successfully. This aspect of the novel reminded me of Arthur. C. Clarke’s wonderful novel THE DEEP RANGE, where whales are a food source for humans and are herded like cattle by submariners who protect them from sea serpents and Megalodon sharks.

Release the Kraken

We meet the children of Jake and Amara Braddock: son Garm, who hunts the pliosaurs aboard the submarine Gryphon, and his brother Dirk, who studies the animals in captivity and is involved in trying to control and understand them, in the hopes of possibly training some to combat their wild brethren. Events from outside conspire to complicate an already difficult situation. Without going into specifics, one is reminded of Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex and Ian Malcolm’s warnings about man’s inability to control chaotic nature. Some interesting future technological speculations are on display throughout the story. Nature itself provides many surprises through genetic mutation, actually evolution happening before your eyes. There are many wonderful animal “characters”, given anthropomorphic names. While the monstrous pliosaurs are very much center stage in the tale, an evil and even more ancient biological terror from the deep is the novel’s namesake. Other paleo- horrors make appearances, as well. Max Hawthorne certainly knows how to tell and pace a fine adventure tale, in the tradition of Robert E. Howard. Don’t miss this wonderful addition to the Kronos Rising series. And this is only Volume 1 of the story!

The Kraken Has Been Released!


About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

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