Ok, I have to make a declaration here; I love Godzilla. But Godzilla has to be done right; in the seventies the movies lost their way, turning the Big G into a cartoon superguy for the kiddies. In recent years, starting in 1985, Toho Studios began a new series of movies featuring the King of the Monsters. With adult plots, stunning special effects and a much darker tone than before, these new movies revitalised the legend of Godzilla. And now, Marc Cerasini has perfectly captured the movies and nailed them to the printed page. Godzilla 2000 starts with the threatened end of the world, and builds from there. Cerasini seems to have a gift for portraying the cataclysmic clashes of the monsters and the military, without forgetting the real human dramas occuring around these battles. His characters are believable, and you find yourself rooting for their survival against all the odds stacked against them. In the shadow of the monsters, the real gems of this book are the little tales of human courage and ingenuity in the face of the ultimate threat. The pace of the action never slows from beginning to end, and at the end of the book, you're left exhausted, but thrilled. I have one or two criticisms. As the book is aimed at the "young adults" market, Mr Cerasini feels compelled to make the lead characters teenagers, which at some points in the book threatens its believability. Also, it is obvious that the author views Godzilla as a tragic beast, the victim of humanity rather than its enemy (a view espoused by many of his characters). While nicely put, this view is expressed often to the exclusion of all others, which is a little jarring when the said behemoth has caused the death of thousands and has destroyed a number of major cities. Those aside, this book is a treat for anyone who loves Godzilla, and wants to see him treated with the respect he deserves. Buy it.