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Kronos Rising

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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  675 ratings  ·  111 reviews
"Steve refused to surrender. Even though he knew the creature was right behind him, he wouldn't quit. He would make it. Just as that beacon of hope began to shine down upon him, the bright sun overhead vanished from view. Confused, he gazed wide-eyed as the daylight grew dim. Then he realized the ultimate horror: the creature had overtaken him, its jaws opened wide."

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Published (first published April 2nd 2014)
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Montzalee Wittmann
Makes Jaws look like a goldfish!

Krono s Rising is the kind of great stories U love where something thought extinct is really not! It ends up causing chaos and excitement, fear and political intrigue. This book has great characters and I like how the author also brings up important animal issued through his characters. (Killing baby seals, whale hunting, murdering sharks just for their fins, etc.) Lots of great suspense as the creature from the past stalks the ocean and harbors.
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As much as I love Jaws, Kronos Rising is the successor! This book has everything Jaws had and more, with a much bigger monster!
Max Hawthorne gets the beast right, his characters and action are well written and fleshed out. I recommend this book immensely for anyone who likes a big beastie attacks small town kind of story. I really hope he writes another one, but this book stands perfectly fine without any sequel. Give Kronos Rising a shot!
David Dalton
An exciting sea monster tale. The first of five. I got this thriller via Amazon Prime. Will continue on with KOLL or just outright buy a book or two. Plenty of action. I enjoyed the characters and got into this sea creature.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Trigger warnings: Blatant animal torture and death abounds, and it's not just enacted by the sea creatures. That hot mess is followed by domestic and child abuse. Fun times.

The first 25% of Kronos Rising drags horribly. It alternates between the points of view of many different characters, but each character is constantly flashing back on various life stories; page after page of not-so-pleasant memories. Thankfully, the book does pick up, but unfortunately, I found the character's actions to be
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book contains a laundry list of tropes. There are so many unrealistic scenarios that suspension of disbelief is impossible. It also seems that research was not a priority. All that being said, it is very entertaining. This would make a hell of a B movie. I’m a sucker for this type of story, but that doesn’t make up for the ridiculousness of many of the scenes in this book. I might pick up the sequel, but it won’t be high on my list of next books to read.
William Waltz
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the best books I have ever read, for one thing I love reading about prehistoric creatures coming back from seeming extinction and destroying things, not for truly malicious reasons, but because the object was in its way. And I love when the main characters themselves aren't perfect, they have issues they need to resolve within themselves. On top of those 2 things this book gives, it also has all the thing I expect from a book. Drama,suspense, horror, sort of I mean it is a giant ...more
Lesson for today: editors are your friend.
Karl Ljungberg
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who read MEG and thought "But what if it's a marine reptile instead?"
Ooooh, boy. Did this ever take a long time to read. Despite its impressive length, it didn't really know what to do with all of it and as they say, size isn't everything.

I was fairly hyped going into this book, it's been on my "to read"-list for a little less than a year and it looked quite great from all the praise and hype it got around the web. "Move over, Jaws" is essentially what I had been told. They must've meant the book cause it sure wasn't better than the movie!

On the surface it's a pr
Nick Raines
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was in the mood for a creature feature in book form and this one delivered. This book does two things well, creature carnage and action scenes.

The characters are pretty basic, not terrible, but not all that interesting, but you care just enough to not want the two leads to end up as fish bait.

Kronos Rising is all about the creature chomping down on humanity until humanity tries to fight back. There are some really well written action set pieces pieces, one involving a dragged out knife fight
Willis S.
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book earned a permanent place on my shelf of favorites! I highly recommend "Kronos Rising" to any science fiction, horror, adventure, and/or paleo-fiction fan. It's the best "monster on the loose" science fiction/adventure novel I've ever read, and at age 63 I've ready pretty much all of them. It gripped my interest immediately, and held it all the way through! It took me back to that feeling of wonder that I experienced the first time I saw "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" when I was six ye ...more
Matthew Riley
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. It has edge of your seat suspense, and always keeps you coming back for more. It is very cool how the creature is not a mindless killing machine, but you begin to understand him and he really grows on you. I would take this over Steve Alten's books any day. . I would highly recommend this book to everyone it is a must read. A movie of this would certainly be great. Max i cant wait for the next installment in the series, and thanks for renewing my childhood fantasies of dino ...more
Aurora Rayn
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am absolutely crazy about this book right from the opening sentence it has had me hooked and on the edge of my seat. I thrive on books like these and Kronos Rising is by far have read. I am finding it a hard book to put down cause I am always wondering going to happen next. I am highly recommending this book to anyone that loves action adventure or horror there's a little something fo every reader in this book and I am looking for more to come. ...more
George Strahl
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ALL
I Truly Enjoyed this Book from start to the Last Page ! It felt more like I was at the Movies watching a story that Blew Jaws out of the Water ! The Story was very strong & Riveting and the cast of the book was superb. a MOST EXCELLENT READ ! I hope this becomes a series of books {a Movie} and I am waiting for the next adventure from Mr.Hawthorne !!! If you should happen to get this book, you WILL NOT be Disapointed !!!
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kronos Rising... A great summertime read. Not just because it had dynamic characters that you loved to like and that you loved to hate. It had a very interesting plot, that had a few blemishes, but was still better than a lot of other novels, and had a fairly original premise. It definitely exceeds JAWS (the book) and has a very likeable climax, but in my opinion, it had a slightly depressing ending, but that was it. As a letter grade, I'd give Kronos Rising by Max Hawthorne an A.

Breanna Green
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome. Suspensefully thrilling, it kept me up far too late on a few nights to read 'just one more chapter'. A must-read for thriller and dinosaur lovers. Four stars instead of five because there were moments of the writing breaking the story's flow and some character moments that bordered on the edge of believability. ...more
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly remarkable book. Kronos Rising belongs on the shelf of any Michael Crichton or Peter Benchley fan. I highly recommend you read this with the lights on, and hope the Kronosaurus doesn't visit your nightmares. ...more
Keri Ambrose
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it ! Great Characters - Good Storyline - Keeps ya turning the pages and wanting more . One of the best sea creature novels in my collection. Cant wait to see what more the author has in store for us !
Jan 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not good. The ending was predictable and the story was sophomoric. I would not recommend it.
Aki Hubbard
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summary: An idyllic Florida fishing town is threatened when a giant super predator thought long extinct appears and begins wreaking havoc off its coast.

Jurassic Park meets Jaws meets Moby Dick. That is what I think of this intriguing story by Max Hawthorne. It is a near-perfect blend of action, horror, suspense, and drama that made the similar works of Peter Benchley (Jaws) and Steve Alten (Meg, Loch) so appealing.

Kronos Rising intersects the lives of several key characters, introducing them in
Matthew Baker
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two of my favorite things in the world are horror and the sea. Both hold endless fascination for me, and they also occupy much of my thoughts these days; it seems the older I get, the more I want to focus on both for some reason. So I’m sure it’s no surprise to discover I love horror movies and books that deal with the ocean. DEEPSTAR SIX, LEVIATHAN, and JAWS are some of my favorite horror flicks, while MEG by Steve Alten and DAGON by H. P. Lovecraft are two of my favorite written works. I’m ver ...more
Jackei Wendorf
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was suggested to me by Amazon and so far, it's been the most gripping read.
The story centers around Jake Braddock, a small-town sheriff of a coastal town, and Amara Tagaki, a marine biologist and conservationist. In this quaint town, a series of happenings that can't be explained, carcasses discovered in the waters, and evidence begins to point to something big and terrible that should not even exist anymore.
The characters are genuine and you really find yourself getting attached to th
John K.
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are many novels about prehistoric creatures surviving into the present and traumatizing the human characters. But few of them are done with the level of realism, detail, and quality storytelling that Max Hawthorne brings to Kronos Rising. His first novel is a brutal locomotive of a book, with blood and seawater staining nearly every page.

In terms of suspending disbelief, he fully justifies the scenario of an almost invincible prehistoric monster wreaking havoc on humanity, given a carnivor
Margaret T
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kronos Rising is fast-paced, action packed, and impossible to put down. This book has it all: good guys, bad guys, and a terrifying sea monster who managed to escape extinction.

Max Hawthorne is a gifted writer and brilliant storyteller. He's well educated on his subject matter and it's evident he's done his research down to the last detail, including flashback scenes to prehistoric seas and a convincing explanation for the survival of the kronosaurus.

The characters are complex, well-developed,
Laney Ignaitiff
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I confess to being something of a literary snob, and, perhaps, my work as a scientist leaves me dissatisfied with the some details of current Paleo-fiction; however, I think the genre has just evolved! And I have fallen helpless victim into the bloody jaws of its ascendancy.

I put down this treat with a sense of survivalist pride in my firsthand encounter with the dread Kronosaurus: this sinister Pliosaur with bottomless barathrum sets out to destroy a quiet coastal town whose Sheriff, Jake Bra
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book when browsing book reviews from Publisher's Weekly and saw it got 4.5 stars. I gave it 5 because it knocked my socks off (and probably ate them!). Scribe Hawthorne knows his stuff. I fact-checked so many things (I'm anal like that with new authors) and they were spot on. From the marine life to the ships and submarines to the weapons, even the asteroid description in the Jurassic flashback scene where the dinosaurs got wiped out were incredibly well researched and even more fle ...more
Brian Turner
This book is a fun, summer read. I enjoyed the first half much more than the latter for a variety of reasons that I will explain in detail. I found the story fairly predictable and there was little, to no character development, outside that of the local sheriff in the story. I found the dialog between the two main characters horrible throughout most of the book. The need to constantly have them revert to instances of juvenile sexual innuendo and flirtatious behavior was wildly inappropriate in m ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What do you get when you mix jaws and Jurassic park you get Kronos Rising. When i first pick this well written book up i knew i was in for a fun ride. This Early Cretaceous aquatic creature Kronosaurus was an amazing choice to put in this book along with all the other aquatic creatures. I couldn't even count how many bone chilling death scenes this book had and their was a lot! This book was so amazing and left such a good effect on me that next time i go to the beach i will check the water aro ...more
PJ Walther
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I not even going to attempt to and write a colorfully clever review for 'Kronos Rising', so I will get to the point!

For the first time in a long time (since 'Meg' by Steve Alten) I have found a a completely origional story that kept my interest. Not because I am a dino-superfreak, but the story is very well written, great character development, and use of the widely accepted theory of the end of the Cretaceous thatbled to the extinction of dinosaurs that was vividly described made this book very
Kenney Sills
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kronos Rising~I keep finding myself going back over & over this MASTERPIECE of paleofiction!?! my "paleo-broz &sisters" =not only will you all love the incredible storyline as Max Hawthorne displays his incredible talent for the thing we all love most=Prehistoric creatu res meet the present; but you willfind yourself educated from his most EXELLENT research of the past; as chapter after chapter ;bring you to the edge of your chair as well as your wildest imagination!..if you love the prehist ...more
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
High praise for Max Hawthorne's - "Kronos Rising". From the first word, this was a page turner. I could hardly put it down. Excellent story with very engaging characters. I really enjoyed the various POVs provided by the author. They made the story so much more interesting. The flashbacks to pre-history were an excellent addition. Having read all of Steve Alten's "MEG" series, I was delighted to see another author jump into the mix. I can't wait for a sequel to come out. I hope it is soon! ...more
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Max Hawthorne is an American author. He grew up in Philadelphia, where he graduated with a BA from Central High School and a BFA from the University of the Arts. He is the author of Memoirs of a Gym Rat, an outrageous exposé of the health club industry, as well as the award-winning Kronos Rising novel series.

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