- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (16 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444709070
- ISBN-13: 978-1444709070
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.2 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,051,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for JUGGERNAUT: (-)
'[A] squad of mercenaries looking for Saddam's looted gold finds instead a bioweapon that turns healthy humans into psychotic undead monsters. The virus is apparently of extraterrestrial origin, and Baker depicts its gory, fantastical mutagenic effects with relish...and with clipped sentences and whipcrack paragraphs he maintains a relentless pace...JUGGERNAUT is hugely entertaining and as unstoppable as its namesake.' (Financial Times)
'There's no denying the strength of Baker's prose. It's violent and blokey... but also intelligent. The first 100 pages, especially, are rich with harrowing detail about the last days of Saddam's regime... Juggernaut is a rewarding read' (SFX magazine)
'A lock and load adventure of the highest calibre. A tense, absorbing journey and a high speed collision of military action and apocalyptic horror. Blackhawk Down meets Day of the Dead.' (Adam Nevill, author of Apartment 16, The Ritual)
'Great characters, an amazing level of detail, an insane yet wholly believable plot - Juggernaut is an excellent read, full of grotesque images and unexpected revelations.' (David Moody, author of the Autumn and Hater series)
'Juggernaut is populated with believable characters, strong dialogue and impeccably researched detail. These characters live, love, fight and betray their way through to the book's explosive finale... If you like zombies and survival horror then this book is for you. If you like to see just what man is capable of doing when his back is against the wall then this book definitely is the one for you' (Starburst)
'Lean, mean and ferocious. A terrific read.' (Matt Hilton, author of the Joe Hunter series)
'Three Kings meets The Walking Dead, with enough intelligence and panache to make what could've been predictable a great page turner.' (SFFworld.com)
Adam Baker's style is very reminiscent of a combination of Matthew Reilly and James Patterson, and like both those authors, he uses it to tell a punchy story that keeps you engrossed from start to finish. (Sci-fi Bulletin)
They searched for gold. They found death.See all Product Description
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Adam Baker writes extremely well and has managed to engineer his second novel as a prequel to his first - the excellent Outpost - whilst remaining canon. His style is succinct, with numerous short-sentences that maintain pace & conveys urgency. He remains fixed in reality for the majority of the book, name-dropping real-world brands of weapons, ammunition and places but with a major twist that is an interesting take on an increasingly threadbare pop-culture vein.
Well written, kept me guessing and I steamed through the 400-odd pages like the eponymous juggernaut as a result - highly recommended for a thrilling pulp-read!!
Like its predecessor, Juggernaut features a strong female protagonist as its main character. Lucy leads the group of mercenaries from the front and she is just as tough as any of her male counterparts. She is ex Special Forces and her calm under pressure makes for an engrossing character. She doesn't panic, she doesn't flinch, and she just does whatever needs to be done. Like the lead character in Outpost, there is an inherent inner-strength that starts to shine through as the plot unfolds.
The rest of the mercs are a rag tag group. My personal favourite was the South African team member, Voss, who has a habit blowing things up and chewing tobacco. I have to admit I kept picturing Jesse Ventura as Blain in Predator every time he appeared. My only minor disappointment was that Voss never delivered the line "I ain't got time to bleed" in a South African accent.
The northwestern Iraqi desert is an ideal backdrop for this story. While war rages far to the south, the blistering heat, inhospitable terrain and desolate landscape creates a sense of isolation. This isn't just mercenaries against hordes of undead but also against their surroundings. As the action escalates and the odds of surviving reduce by the second there is a palpable air of desperation.
I continue to be impressed by Baker's work and Juggernaut expertly showcases a rising talent in the genre.Read more ›
This is a totally brilliant book - I think that the short, staccato sentence structure in a novel like this works really well - it serves to convey the urgency, the immediacy of the action. I noticed that in some sections of the book, for instance when Jabril is talking about the earlier lead-up to the current action, his sentences are longer, more structured. This shows the deliberate nature of the shorter sentence structures in the immediate action scenes.
And there is plenty of action! The story seems straight-forward enough - hearing of potential gold secreted in the desert ahead of the Allied force incursion into Iraq, a group of mercenaries head out there to see if they can hold of the treasure. But what they find there is beyond their wildest imaginings. And the horror is only just beginning ...
This leads well into the earlier book Outpost (which is, of course, set after Juggernaut). In fact, I found that Juggernaut was a more sophisticated, more intelligent book than Outpost, much as I had enjoyed the earlier book. I sincerely hope that there is a sequel coming along which takes the story beyond the end of Outpost - are you listening, Mr Baker?
In this book, Baker has fused the post-9/11 military thriller with the bio-hazard horror novel. The plot - a team of mercenaries desperate to recover something from their largely wasted time in Iraq: a hidden horde of stolen gold; a shadowy CIA agenda; a seemingly straightforward off-the-books mission that goes horribly wrong - is familiar enough. But Baker has done his homework, and the detail of mercenary and intelligence operations is convincing.
Baker still writes like a screenplay writer - all choppy prose and two-sentence paragraphs - but moves the plot along efficiently enough. He is less adept at dialogue, and struggles to convey complex information in a believable way. Some of the information-laden speeches that characters are required to give later in the book would never have been uttered in such a stilted, cod-literary way in actual conversation. However, Baker seems to have improved as a creator of character, lending even the somewhat improbable female-led mercenary band a veneer of credibility. In fact, I could have done with more of this deepening of character, along with a more extended exploration of the ideas behind the book; preferably at the expense of action scenes that, while predictably kinetic, are too numerous and too similar and thus also repetitious.
Nonetheless, on the whole 'Juggernaut' succeeds better than 'Outpost' as an entertaining if undemanding read. A brief epilogue suggests a possible third book on the same theme, and again enough ends are left untied to make that book potentially interesting.
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Loved outpost, this one took a while to get going but running at a fair pace. I've read here that this can read as a stand alone but I enjoyed it more because of outpost. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MR GWJ BROMPTON
Great introduction to the series.
Plenty of twists an turns.
Possibly the best of the books in this series. Excellent writing, skilled prose, Adam keeps it tense. Characters are drawn out into flesh and blood with human motivation. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steve Ward
this was the best ive read since the rats...fantastic and should be a filmPublished 15 months ago by Leonard Low
Didn't love it as much as the first book Outpost but its still a good readPublished 22 months ago by KimmyMerino
All the necessary elements for an engrossing few hours of reading that leave an aftertaste of an action/horror thriller film. Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2014 by Julian M. Miles
Despite its faults (of which, in my opinion, there are quite a few), this is an exciting, tightly-plotted, and well-researched action/horror novel. Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2014 by Phobophore