Friday, 13 October 2017

Book Review: Kraken by Eric S Brown

Desron 22 was on standard shakedown maneuvers when the squadron discovered the Pleasure Bound. The massive cruise liner was adrift, everyone aboard her, dead except for a single survivor. The man’s wild tales of monsters from the deep were hard to believe until those very monsters came after the squadron itself. Now a desperate battle for survival rages on the waves as the firepower of the United States Navy goes head to head with unspeakable terrors no human was ever meant to see and live.

My Review: 
Everyone on board the luxury cruise ship are having a great time out on the ocean. Nobody knows that a large shoal of killer squid are tracking them and looking for a way to get on board. As the squid start to swarm all over the ship, killing everyone they find as people flee in terror to try and find somewhere safe to hide. In the aftermath, the few remaining survivors must find a way to get to the bridge and call for help before the squid find them...

DESRON22 consists of 4 destroyers and 6 frigates who are preparing for future joint missions together. One frigate receives an alarming distress call from the cruise ship and go to investigate. As they approach the stricken liner, the boarding party have no idea what to expect beyond the strange brief ravings of a survivor. As they try to save whoever is left, they discover that all the frigates have lost contact with the destroyers and the story they have been told doesn't sound quite so crazy now...

This is similar in format to Kraken Rising in that a naval convoy come into contact with survivors of squid attacks and have to formulate a plan to deal with the threat to them. If that isn't bad enough, they will then have to deal with Mother Kraken coming to dinner too. The story again is very fast paced, brutal and gory, with great action sequences of the attacks themselves. And there are lots of attacks, first on the cruise ship and then on the naval fleet. It is non stop pretty much from start to finish, and is every bit as good as the other book. 

I have very much enjoyed both of these Kraken stories. Other than saying that there are lots of death by squid moments, I don't want to go into too much detail about the book so I don't spoil any of the story. It is great to get a different kind of sea monster to enjoy in the horror genre and these krakens and squids are great fun to read about. If you like creature features, you should like this one. I'm very keen now to read his shark offerings!  

Read August 2017.
4 stars.


  1. Tentacle - giant glorious tentacle. Really, that's all I need.

  2. Death by giant squid. How can you not love it ;)

    1. It's been fun reading some different sea monster books this year as well as sharks!

  3. I have this in my Amazon cart. Now that I know you like it, I'll give it a go.