Book review: Monsters in the Clouds – Russell James

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Fresh from his escape from the Cavern of the Damned, Grant Coleman is back in action, and this time he is enlisted by a huge corporation to travel deep into the Amazon jungle to go in search of a prehistoric beast. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, as is so often the case with these books plenty can and does. Monsters in the Clouds is a fun and fast adventure. James’ character, Grant Coleman is great. He isn’t some macho meathead, he’s simply a palaeontologist looking to make something of himself by seeking adventure, and he has a few funny quirks and I enjoyed his sarcasm. Forget about the rest of the crew, they are but fodder for the monsters that roam the Amazon.

Regulars here will know I love a good dinosaur adventure and I really dug Monsters in the Clouds. It has pretty much everything I want from a dino book: expendable characters, man-eating ants! dinosaurs (obviously!) and plenty of action. The book moves at a terrific pace, there’s barely time to catch a breath as Coleman and his motley crew shamble from one perilous situation to the next. The jungle is a nasty place as you’d well imagine and the confrontations with the various beasts lurking within provide high entertainment and gore. James is one of the very best in the business at writing this kind of book along with Hunter Shea. Just switch off your brain and strap yourself in for a fun-filled, exciting two hours reading.

4/5 narrow escapes from the Grim Reader.

Pick up a copy from here.

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