Book review: Pacific Rising by John W. Dennehy

“It’s one part Kaiju, one part military thriller, equaling an action-packed fight for survival.”


Something stirs after its slumber is broken by a hurricane. Tokyo won’t be safe once it emerges from the turbulent seas. The beast of legends attacks with full force, ravaging everything in its path. A joint effort by the U.S. and Japan is the only hope to take the Kaiju down once and for all. Follow along in the footsteps of civilians and military men to see who becomes victims, who will stand as heroes and if there is any hope of stopping the monster at all. Add in additional intrigue when covert operations in North Korea provide a glimmer of hope in the battle against the devastating Zamera.

Pacific Rising tells a story encompassing many different points of view after a storm awakens something deadly off the coast of Japan. Its writing is quick paced and keeps the reader’s attention from the first to the last page. Dennehy manages to keep the story filled with action but also doesn’t forget to add important pieces to the character’s back stories to tug at the heart strings, creating a believable world and characters the audience feels invested in as they react to such a horrific tragedy. The struggle to stay alive can be merciless and heartbreaking at times, but the feeling of triumph builds as the ending comes to its explosive climax. The creature won’t go down easily and puts up one hell of a fight as it rampages; leaving a path of destruction equal only to that of the storm that awakened it or a nuclear missile. It’s one part Kaiju, one part military thriller, equaling an action-packed fight for survival.

Dennehy has carved out his own standard for Kaiju writing and it worked nicely. Those who are fans of Kaiju and Military action will enjoy reading this one because of its seamless blending of the two. It sits a little over two-hundred and thirty pages but it can be read rather quickly seeing as how the story really draws you in from the beginning and you find yourself not wanting to put it down until you have the satisfaction of knowing Zamera has finally been vanquished. The e-book also includes the beginning pages of his next Kaiju masterpiece which are alluring. His blending of genres is also present in his other work like Clockwork Universe which combines big creature terror with steampunk, which is very cool! Dennehy’s definitely got some fantastic tricks up his sleeve as a writer.

                                                                                                                                       MICHELLE GARZA

Publisher: Severed Press
eBook: (236 pp)
Release Date: 22 June 2017

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