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"Steve refused to surrender. Even though he knew the creature was right behind him, he wouldn't quit. He would make it. Just as that beacon of hope began to shine down upon him, the bright sun overhead vanished from view. Confused, he gazed wide-eyed as the daylight grew dim. Then he realized the ultimate horror: the creature had overtaken him, its jaws opened wide.""He wa"Steve refused to surrender. Even though he knew the creature was right behind him, he wouldn't quit. He would make it. Just as that beacon of hope began to shine down upon him, the bright sun overhead vanished from view. Confused, he gazed wide-eyed as the daylight grew dim. Then he realized the ultimate horror: the creature had overtaken him, its jaws opened wide.""He was in its mouth."A coastal community faces the wrath of a mysterious sea creature in Max Hawthorne's heart pounding new novel, "Kronos Rising."Devastated by his wife's tragic drowning, Olympic hopeful Jake Braddock turns his back on fame and fortune and retreats to his childhood home of Paradise Cove, Florida. He accepts the job of town sheriff, hoping to find the solace he so desperately craves.He finds anything but.A series of horrifying deaths and disappearances send a flood of panic through the idyllic town. It is only after the ravaged carcass of a full-grown whale surfaces, however, that the real terror begins.Soon Jake finds himself drawn into an ancient-a mystery that ends with him adrift at sea, battling for survival against the deadliest predator the world has ever seen. It is a creature whose ancestors ruled the prehistoric seas. Now freed after eons of imprisonment, it has risen to reclaim the oceans of the world as its own.And it's hungry....

Title : Kronos Rising
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ISBN : 30978853
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Number of Pages : 164 Pages
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Kronos Rising Reviews

  • Dustin
    2018-12-07 05:13

    As much as I love Jaws, Kronos Rising is the successor! This book has everything Jaws had and more, with a much bigger monster!Max Hawthorne gets the beast right, his characters and action are well written and fleshed out. I recommend this book immensely for anyone who likes a big beastie attacks small town kind of story. I really hope he writes another one, but this book stands perfectly fine without any sequel. Give Kronos Rising a shot!

  • Arkadeb
    2018-11-20 00:14

    Surprisingly good.

  • William Waltz
    2018-11-10 05:26

    This was one of the best books I have ever read, for one thing I love reading about prehistoric creatures coming back from seeming extinction and destroying things, not for truly malicious reasons, but because the object was in its way. And I love when the main characters themselves aren't perfect, they have issues they need to resolve within themselves. On top of those 2 things this book gives, it also has all the thing I expect from a book. Drama,suspense, horror, sort of I mean it is a giant creature from the past, anyway, you want it this book probably has it. I will recommend this book to everyone I know personally that love to read books like this. All I can say for myself, I couldn't put down Kronos Rising, I almost fell asleep over it, that should tell everyone how great this book is.

  • Willis S.
    2018-11-18 23:05

    This book earned a permanent place on my shelf of favorites! I highly recommend "Kronos Rising" to any science fiction, horror, adventure, and/or paleo-fiction fan. It's the best "monster on the loose" science fiction/adventure novel I've ever read, and at age 63 I've ready pretty much all of them. It gripped my interest immediately, and held it all the way through! It took me back to that feeling of wonder that I experienced the first time I saw "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" when I was six years old. Max Hawthorne's characters are believable, with real motivations, and he writes action sequences as well as Robert E. Howard and Karl Edward Wagner did. I eagerly await the sequel, and if "Kronos" becomes a series, I can guarantee that I'll buy every one of them!

  • Matthew Riley
    2018-11-14 04:19

    This book is amazing. It has edge of your seat suspense, and always keeps you coming back for more. It is very cool how the creature is not a mindless killing machine, but you begin to understand him and he really grows on you. I would take this over Steve Alten's books any day. . I would highly recommend this book to everyone it is a must read. A movie of this would certainly be great. Max i cant wait for the next installment in the series, and thanks for renewing my childhood fantasies of dinosaurs and the amazing creatures who once ruled the seas.

  • Nathan
    2018-11-27 04:05

    Kronos Rising... A great summertime read. Not just because it had dynamic characters that you loved to like and that you loved to hate. It had a very interesting plot, that had a few blemishes, but was still better than a lot of other novels, and had a fairly original premise. It definitely exceeds JAWS (the book) and has a very likeable climax, but in my opinion, it had a slightly depressing ending, but that was it. As a letter grade, I'd give Kronos Rising by Max Hawthorne an A.

  • George Strahl
    2018-11-28 04:23

    I Truly Enjoyed this Book from start to the Last Page ! It felt more like I was at the Movies watching a story that Blew Jaws out of the Water ! The Story was very strong & Riveting and the cast of the book was superb. a MOST EXCELLENT READ ! I hope this becomes a series of books {a Movie} and I am waiting for the next adventure from Mr.Hawthorne !!! If you should happen to get this book, you WILL NOT be Disapointed !!!

  • Aurora Rayn
    2018-11-20 03:15

    I am absolutely crazy about this book right from the opening sentence it has had me hooked and on the edge of my seat. I thrive on books like these and Kronos Rising is by far have read. I am finding it a hard book to put down cause I am always wondering going to happen next. I am highly recommending this book to anyone that loves action adventure or horror there's a little something fo every reader in this book and I am looking for more to come.

  • Breanna Green
    2018-11-29 22:11

    This book was awesome. Suspensefully thrilling, it kept me up far too late on a few nights to read 'just one more chapter'. A must-read for thriller and dinosaur lovers. Four stars instead of five because there were moments of the writing breaking the story's flow and some character moments that bordered on the edge of believability.

  • Alex Groggett
    2018-11-26 23:08

    A truly remarkable book. Kronos Rising belongs on the shelf of any Michael Crichton or Peter Benchley fan. I highly recommend you read this with the lights on, and hope the Kronosaurus doesn't visit your nightmares.

  • Keri Ambrose
    2018-11-13 02:07

    Love it ! Great Characters - Good Storyline - Keeps ya turning the pages and wanting more . One of the best sea creature novels in my collection. Cant wait to see what more the author has in store for us !

  • Joe
    2018-12-04 23:03

    This book was not good. The ending was predictable and the story was sophomoric. I would not recommend it.

  • Aki Hubbard
    2018-11-22 04:11

    Summary: An idyllic Florida fishing town is threatened when a giant super predator thought long extinct appears and begins wreaking havoc off its coast.Jurassic Park meets Jaws meets Moby Dick. That is what I think of this intriguing story by Max Hawthorne. It is a near-perfect blend of action, horror, suspense, and drama that made the similar works of Peter Benchley (Jaws) and Steve Alten (Meg, Loch) so appealing. Kronos Rising intersects the lives of several key characters, introducing them individually and setting them up for an inevitable collision, both with each other and with the story's eponymous monstrosity. We have everyman Sheriff Jake Braddock, who basically functions as this story's Ishmael/Brody. Having survived an abusive childhood and still healing from a personal tragedy, he's a former fencing champ who has retired to his hometown in the hopes of living out the rest of his days in tranquility. Little does he know that events are occurring that will not only require him to perform his duty to serve and protect, but will also cause him to face his past demons in order to safeguard those he cares about.Functioning essentially as a Queequeg/Dr. Hooper character, as well as a direct foil to Jake is the alluring yet driven ceteceanist (whale biologist) Dr. Amara Takagi, whose past is also marred by tragedy and violence and fraught with experiences that have left her extremely wary of anyone not already in her inner circle. Like Jake, Amara also feels bound by a duty to protect. However, her loyalties are torn and ultimately tested when she must choose between the preservation of an extinct species and that of human life. Rounding out the main cast is Senator Dean Harcourt, an obsessive and power-mad "Ahab" of sorts who will not tolerate any challenge to his authority, human or animal; William "Willie" Daniels, Amara's first mate and closest friend, who functions as a voice of reason a la Starbuck; and finally, the psychopathic Karl von Freiling, a "Quint"-essential Great White Hunter with a surprising connection to the tragedy afflicting Amara's past.The creature itself is accurately portrayed as force of nature whose purpose as an apex predator is to feed and destroy all perceived threats to its reign. As such, Hawthorne manages what few other authors in this genre are able to pull off. He depicts his super predator as a thinking, calculating entity possessing a lethal will to survive and a sinister sentience without overly personifying or anthropomorphizing it. The storyline is easy to follow from cover to cover, beginning with an illegal Japanese shark finning operation's first encounter and gradually building up the tension while allowing for strong character introduction, interaction, and development. At various points in the novel, he takes us back in time to the day the meteor responsible for the mass Cretaceous extinction crashed into Earth and irrevocably changed life for every living thing, including the ancestors of the sea beast now terrorizing the waters of the Gulf Stream.Overall, this is one of the best novels I have ever read in either the "prehistoric creature loose in the modern day" or the "giant sea creature runs amok" genres. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Jurassic Park and/or Jaws type stories.At the time of this review, I am still reading this story, very intently.

  • Jackei Wendorf
    2018-11-11 04:31

    This book was suggested to me by Amazon and so far, it's been the most gripping read.The story centers around Jake Braddock, a small-town sheriff of a coastal town, and Amara Tagaki, a marine biologist and conservationist. In this quaint town, a series of happenings that can't be explained, carcasses discovered in the waters, and evidence begins to point to something big and terrible that should not even exist anymore.The characters are genuine and you really find yourself getting attached to them as the story unfolds. Their side backgrounds are written in throughout the book, and in fact, in one of Amara's flashbacks early in, I actually had to put the book down. The scene was graphic and extremely well-written, and it stuck with me. Every time I closed my eyes, I watched the scene unfold all over again. It made me nauseated and it made me cry. It took me HOURS to pick the book back up and continue reading. I was glad I did. The story progresses quickly and it really grabbed hold. I finished the book that night.Add in a side story of a Japanese shsrk-finning operation ship and it's crew throughout the book. You actually find yourself sympathizing with them. Eventually, at the end, they end up being "the good guys". In a way.As suggested by the title, it's a creature novel. I was very happy to see its "back story", as well. It gives a very thought provoking possibility that really makes you think "Wow, I could actually see this happening".I would give this novel a solid 5/5. Kronos Rising is gripping, suspenseful, and thought provoking. The budding relationship between Amara and Jake is believable and not forced, and extra brownie points for not putting any explicit and awkward sex scenes! The attention to detail is outstanding and you can really watch the story play out in your mind.I am anxiously awaiting the release of Kraken, the new novel from Mr. Hawthorne. Thanksgiving can't come soon enough!

  • John K.
    2018-11-24 21:33

    There are many novels about prehistoric creatures surviving into the present and traumatizing the human characters. But few of them are done with the level of realism, detail, and quality storytelling that Max Hawthorne brings to Kronos Rising. His first novel is a brutal locomotive of a book, with blood and seawater staining nearly every page.In terms of suspending disbelief, he fully justifies the scenario of an almost invincible prehistoric monster wreaking havoc on humanity, given a carnivorous marine reptile nearly the size of a blue whale. This beast poses a credible threat to the entire ocean's ecosystem, since it chases sharks out of their normal feeding grounds and shoves whales even closer to extinction every time it feeds. Hawthorne's protagonists are well-developed and relatable. Many of their flashbacks are, from an emotional standpoint, very hard to read. Any rereads will probably mean I'll skip over those parts, but that's a testament to their effectiveness. The action is written in a riveting style, and he takes his time to set up the spectacular climax. In a lot of good ways, it reminds me of the huge action climaxes from 80s and 90s movies.If there were any issues, it's a few instances of dialogue where the characters get very verbose, even in split-second life or death situations, and one of the antagonists goes overboard with the "crazy man quoting the Bible" routine towards the end (it's always the Bible; just once, I'd like to see a villain go insane and quote the Vedas, or Beowulf, or something).If you want to see a novel that is intelligent, hard-hitting, and shows you an oceanic killer that makes Jaws look like your aunt's goldfish, Kronos Rising is exactly what you're looking for. Enjoy!

  • Margaret T
    2018-11-23 04:24

    Kronos Rising is fast-paced, action packed, and impossible to put down. This book has it all: good guys, bad guys, and a terrifying sea monster who managed to escape extinction. Max Hawthorne is a gifted writer and brilliant storyteller. He's well educated on his subject matter and it's evident he's done his research down to the last detail, including flashback scenes to prehistoric seas and a convincing explanation for the survival of the kronosaurus. The characters are complex, well-developed, and very relatable. Both Jake and Amara are strong willed, passionate, and independent. However both are healing from mentally and physically painful pasts, adding depth and vulnerability to their characters. Even the minor characters are significant and intricately woven into the plot as a whole. The author also incorporates issues such as shark finning, domestic violence, and animal rights into the story. He makes it very easy to root for the good guys and against the bad guys. He creates an intricate plot with lots of twists, turns, and surprises and leaves the reader hanging until the very end. Kronos Rising is terrifying, but without too much gore or language. There is actually a story, and a well written one, that takes place in addition to the kronosaurus menacing the town and eating everyone and everything that gets in its way. This is hands down one of the best books I've ever read. This author is someone to watch. I can't wait for the sequel.

  • Laney Ignaitiff
    2018-12-11 00:25

    I confess to being something of a literary snob, and, perhaps, my work as a scientist leaves me dissatisfied with the some details of current Paleo-fiction; however, I think the genre has just evolved! And I have fallen helpless victim into the bloody jaws of its ascendancy. I put down this treat with a sense of survivalist pride in my firsthand encounter with the dread Kronosaurus: this sinister Pliosaur with bottomless barathrum sets out to destroy a quiet coastal town whose Sheriff, Jake Braddock, must now oppose more than his own daunting modern-day demons. Well, I sat on the dock of my reading consciousness, and my skin was horripilating, I was sweating, my heart was beating faster, faster for the fear of the beast. Perfect was the pacing of all the action, which was out-there! Plausibility? Indeed, a meteor could create an incubation niche whereby- I better not give it all away, lest I incur the wrath of Mr. Hawthorne, who one surmises writes from and to the heart as an outdoorsman experienced with sudden threat. I am left salivating like a famished Pleisaurus for the next installment of Kronos Rising. Max, get a move on! But seriously, thanks for setting the standard just a little higher.

  • Randy
    2018-11-30 02:04

    I found this book when browsing book reviews from Publisher's Weekly and saw it got 4.5 stars. I gave it 5 because it knocked my socks off (and probably ate them!). Scribe Hawthorne knows his stuff. I fact-checked so many things (I'm anal like that with new authors) and they were spot on. From the marine life to the ships and submarines to the weapons, even the asteroid description in the Jurassic flashback scene where the dinosaurs got wiped out were incredibly well researched and even more fleshed out and developed. His characters were most impressive. At first I thought some of them were stereotypes, but they turned out to have depth via back stories and flashback scenes that really made me relate. A lot of writers would be afraid to do what he did but it worked. Can't wait to see what happens in book two. I hope it's the same people because they were really worth rooting for! (spoiler they lived)

  • Alicio
    2018-12-10 04:14

    What do you get when you mix jaws and Jurassic park you get Kronos Rising. When i first pick this well written book up i knew i was in for a fun ride. This Early Cretaceous aquatic creature Kronosaurus was an amazing choice to put in this book along with all the other aquatic creatures. I couldn't even count how many bone chilling death scenes this book had and their was a lot! This book was so amazing and left such a good effect on me that next time i go to the beach i will check the water around me. I recommend it to any science fiction, horror, adventure, and dino-lover out their. it made me cry with tears of joy remembering the first day i saw jaws. I loved it so much that i read it two times. and when your at a lake reading it like i was one day it makes it a whole lot scarier. Thank you Max Hawthorne for the masterpiece novel and continue your well writter work.

  • Kenney Sills
    2018-12-04 22:16

    Kronos Rising~I keep finding myself going back over & over this MASTERPIECE of paleofiction!?! my "paleo-broz &sisters" =not only will you all love the incredible storyline as Max Hawthorne displays his incredible talent for the thing we all love most=Prehistoric creatu res meet the present; but you willfind yourself educated from his most EXELLENT research of the past; as chapter after chapter ;bring you to the edge of your chair as well as your wildest imagination!..if you love the prehistoric meets sci-fi the way I do~this book must be for you!..paleofiction has new royalty and his name is max hawthorne~aloha from kauaii

  • PJ Walther
    2018-11-28 00:32

    I not even going to attempt to and write a colorfully clever review for 'Kronos Rising', so I will get to the point!For the first time in a long time (since 'Meg' by Steve Alten) I have found a a completely origional story that kept my interest. Not because I am a dino-superfreak, but the story is very well written, great character development, and use of the widely accepted theory of the end of the Cretaceous thatbled to the extinction of dinosaurs that was vividly described made this book very enjoyable for me. Couple that with a small town, a man eating predator, and mass hysteria.... you have the makings of a great summer read.

  • Richard
    2018-11-16 03:32

    High praise for Max Hawthorne's - "Kronos Rising". From the first word, this was a page turner. I could hardly put it down. Excellent story with very engaging characters. I really enjoyed the various POVs provided by the author. They made the story so much more interesting. The flashbacks to pre-history were an excellent addition. Having read all of Steve Alten's "MEG" series, I was delighted to see another author jump into the mix. I can't wait for a sequel to come out. I hope it is soon!

  • Jen
    2018-12-02 03:19

    "Kronos Rising" is pure and simple fun. If you love monster stories, especially giant monsters ("Jaws", "Meg", "Jurassic Park"), you will absolutely love "Kronos". The characters are well developed, the world is very well described and the monster really takes on a life of its own. I loved the story, loved the characters and loved Kronos. However, I'm not entirely sure I want to go out on the ocean any time soon!

  • Alex
    2018-12-05 23:25

    This was a very good book. Best marine horror book I've read in a long time. Sharks and squid have nothing on a Kronosaurs, not even a pod of 30+ orca could stop her. Yes I said her because she laid eggs on the island she stopped at in the beginning. The character chemistry between sheriff Braddock and Dr. Takagi gave the reader comfort in knowing that after everything the two have went through there may actually be happiness in their future. Really hope they make it back for sequel.

  • Andrew
    2018-12-11 00:33

    This book contains a laundry list of tropes. There are so many unrealistic scenarios that suspension of disbelief is impossible. It also seems that research was not a priority. All that being said, it is very entertaining. This would make a hell of a B movie. I’m a sucker for this type of story, but that doesn’t make up for the ridiculousness of many of the scenes in this book. I might pick up the sequel, but it won’t be high on my list of next books to read.

  • Paul Warren
    2018-12-10 03:08

    A excellent book. Was looking forward to reading this ever since I stumbled across the Facebook page and was not disappointed. Max Hawthorne ranks right up there with the masters of ocean horror like Peter Benchley and Steve Alten. Thank you max for delivering a top notch story looking forward to more.

  • Capt Bill
    2018-11-19 02:25

    Max Hawthorne is a great writer. He provides in-depth detail when helpful to the story and although Kronos is fiction the detailed and accurate description of the action and his vast knowledge of the Sea Life makes you think it is really happening. Now that's what fiction should do.I enjoyed reading Kronos Rising as much as the best books I have ever read. Capt. Bill

  • Jackie Gonzales
    2018-11-30 00:09

    Max Hawthorne makes me never want to go back into the water again, be it the beach, river or lake. Kronos Rising is very fast paced, action packed, edge of your seat thriller. For KR to be his debut novel, it was amazing. Can't wait to read what else this man has up his sleeve, or lurking in the water.

  • Melissa Warner
    2018-12-07 23:14

    This is the absolute best book I have read since Steve Alten's MEG series..Like others the cover caught my attention on Face Book..I bought a coffee cup because I love this book...I Love prehistoric animals like thisI gave it 5 stars because it is a terrifying read and I would recommend this book to everyone Thank You Max for a very good book :)

  • Scott Curtis
    2018-11-25 02:06

    I am a fan of this type of book and it has kept me rapt since page one! The author's style of writing has a way of making you feel that you are right along with the characters in the book and sharing their experiences with them. This will definitely be a book that I read over and over!!!!