Review: Cry Havoc by Jack Hanson

GREAT TEENAGED MILITARY SCI-FI

When I agreed to review this novel, I didn’t think I was going to like it. I was aware of the author due to the debacle that is his ex-publishers (see the authors blog to know what I mean).

Cry HavocSo let’s start with the cover—Sentient T-Rex with weapons and armour strapped to it’s body. The cover is striking and would make me pick it up to have a closer look. Overall, it’s professionally produced but there’s a dissonance between the cover and the content of the book. It’s not really about T-Rex’s although there is a T-Rex with weapons in the story.

I started to read it and comparisons to Halo (the game) immediately sprang to mind. The first half of the book is about a group of military cadets and their training. Master Assault Sergeant Alexander Black reminds me of the HALO Master Chief and is pretty much a walking cliché. The cadets had more depth to them and I enjoyed their inner struggles as they bond in training and begin to discover their own and each others potential.

I enjoyed this half of the book in a quiet sort of way while I waited for the action. The action did take a little while to appear but when it did, it was explosive but fleeting. The action was all too brief and then the book ends. This is obviously the first in a series and I think if you are a teenage boy, you will enjoy this novel.