Burkhead, David L. Big Blue (August 2016) Kindle Edition
Does anyone remember the movie posters for Aliens vs. Predator that said “No matter who wins, Humanity Loses”? Aside from thinking that it really should have been mankind instead of humanity? OK, how many of you are thinking that writing Marko Niska (“A candidate with a proven reputation.”) or Yellowstone Volcano/S.M.O.D. in for president is a better alternative to the present slate? Or you agree with “Vote Cthulu: Why settle for the lesser Evil?”
Your book has arrived. The pairing everyone has wondered about but feared to imagine is here. And North America is the half-way point. Don’t bother checking your insurance police, because nothing can cover you when the Great Old One collides with atomic weapons gone wrong.
Yes, David Burkhead has written the story of what happens when Gojira* (TM) meets Cthulu.
In the Atlantic, terrorists have stolen a nuclear submarine and the US Navy is in pursuit. In the Pacific, undersea earthquakes grow stronger and more frequent. In a dark temple, a secret brotherhood senses that the stars are aligning and the time has come to open the portals to madness.
Tsunamis and a shattered submarine, a continent shrouded clouds no electronic eye can pierce, and something under the sea moving faster than any known submarine herald a new era and a battle that puts all of mankind at risk. And a few good men and women are all that stand in the way of cosmic disaster.
As Cthulu and Big Blue draw closer and closer, it’s up to the US military, and those who refuse to bow to the seductive madness of eternal evil, to find a way to stop the collision and send the elemental forces of chaos back from whence they came.
Did I mention this is an action book? It starts hard and fast and just keeps moving. Burkhead does a great job of sketching characters and moving the story along. The military are believable, ditto the scientists, and you can tell that he has spent a lot of time in both the kaiju and Lovecraft canon, because the monsters and their supporters (and opponents) are pitch perfect, at least to me.
With one shift: unlike most pure Lovecraftian work, this is a Human Wave, upbeat story. I tend to avoid Lovecraft and his imitators because the cosmic horror and doom/madness can feed my black dog. Not in this case.
I don’t normally read action-thriller novels. I overdosed on Tom Clancy, Fredrick Forseyth, Stephen Coontz, et al when I was a teenager. But I met Mr. Burkhead (aka The Writer in Black) and his impressively competent and mature daughter at LibertyCon, and so I bought this when it came out. It’s good, really good.
*Godzilla and Gojira remain in copyright, but kaiju are not. Thus the monster, which looks exactly like what you think it looks like, is Big Blue.
FCC Disclaimer: I purchased this book with my own money for my own use, and have received no compensation for this review.