About the Book
“Max Hawthorne’s climactic finish to his award-winning Kraken trilogy latches onto you with all the power and ferocity of its legendary namesake and doesn’t let go. A truly heart-pounding and well-crafted conclusion.”
–G. Michael Hopf, bestselling author of The End
About the Author
Known as the “Prince of Paleo-fiction”, Max Hawthorne was born in Brooklyn and attended school in Philadelphia, where he graduated from the University of the Arts. He is the author of the award-winning KRONOS RISING novel series, as well as MEMOIRS OF A GYM RAT, an outrageous exposé of the health club industry. In addition to being a bestselling indie novelist he is an amateur paleontologist, a Blog Talk Radio host, a voting member of the Author’s Guild, an IGFA world-record-holding angler, and an avid sportsman and conservationist. His hobbies include archery, fishing, boating, boxing, and the collection of fossils and antiquities. He lives in the Greater Northeast with his wife, daughter, and an enormous Siberian Forest Cat who, when he’s not stalking Max’s toes, sleeps on his desk as he writes.
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
THE MOST FEARED MONSTER IN HUMAN HISTORY IS MAKING HUMANS . . . HISTORY.
Tartarus has earned its name. Having tracked a mortally wounded Sam Mot back to the Tube’s entrance, the revenge-obsessed Octopus giganteus female launches a ferocious assault on the unsuspecting submarine base. Its goal is simple: to avenge its exterminated brood by slaughtering every living thing within, including the facility’s caged pliosaurs.
As Tartarus’s woefully inadequate security forces engage the invading Kraken, an oblivious Dirk Braddock remains trapped in his own private hell. Still reeling from having come face to face with the awful truth about his father, the young scientist watches in horror as his body succumbs to the most virulent Cretaceous cancer strain of all – the one that destroyed Jake Braddock.
While Dirk fights for his very soul, an infuriated Captain Natalya Dragunova, having escaped Eric Grayson’s horde of Homo sauridae on Diablo Caldera, arrives in Tartarus armed and looking for payback. She plans to avenge her murdered crew and, per Garm Braddock’s last wishes, rescue his brother Dirk in the process.
Unfortunately, the tough-as-nails sub commander has no idea what she’s walking into.
Nefarious forces have been set in motion – forces that seek to put an end to her and everyone she cares about. But there’s more. Soon, Tartarus’s beleaguered survivors find themselves face to face with the facility’s deepest, darkest secret; a secret that, once freed, will ensure mankind’s already tenuous mastery of the planet comes to an abrupt and apocalyptic end.
And behind every corner, the Kraken waits . . .
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
This is book 6 in the Kronos Rising series. The first book was referred to as “Jaws Meets Jurassic Park” and things have only gotten more exciting. My readers are lovers of action & adventure, sci-fi, and suspense thrillers. And, of course, prehistoric life alive in the present and making their presence known. If you liked movies like “Jurassic World” or “The Meg” you will love my novels.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors to choose from, which book and author would you suggest to be your favourite and why?
That’s a complex question, as my influences have included Edgar Rice Burroughs, Terry Brooks, Stephen King, and Peter Tonkin. If I had to choose one, it would probably be Robert E. Howard. I’ve always loved the starkness of his scenery, the non-nonsense characters he created, and his ability to craft compelling visuals.
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new to the writing world, or who was trying to enhance their craft or business?
Read and write, read and write. Learn from your heroes, and edit your work. Edit again. Then edit some more. Then leave the manuscript for a few months and edit one last time. Separation is often the key to seeing problems/issues you missed initially.
Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you?
Absolutely. I’m at www.maxhawthorne.com. There is a paleo-gallery featuring artists from around the world, a free books page, and, of course, please be sure to sign up for the monthly newsletter.