Saturday, January 17, 2015

PROFESSOR CHALLENGER : THE ISLAND OF TERROR - BY WILLIAM MEIKLE!




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Book Description

June 4, 2013
Author William Meikle resurrects Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic character Professor Challenger in this fast-paced novella. The book is available in a leather-bound Deluxe Hardcover with slipcase edition which is stamped with a raptor on the front cover in red foil as well as a trade paperback edition.

Strange lights on the moors, weird noises in the night, cattle disappearing; these are more than enough to prompt Malone's newspaper to send him to investigate. And when his old companion Professor Challenger also goes missing, the hunt is on.

The trail leads Malone to the British military, and to a research station in the Bristol Channel, where an old terror proves, once again, that some things are not meant to be contained.

"This may well be a highly entertaining story, but for this story to really work, it has to stand up to being a Professor Challenger novel, otherwise there is no point in it being marketed as one. Rest assured folks Willie does a grand job in capturing the essence and spirit of what made these books a favourite of mine. If ever there was a character that Meikle was destined to resurrect then I think Professor Challenger is it." - Ginger Nuts of Horror

"Mr. Meikle continues to write outstanding stories, and Professor Challenger: The Island of Terror is no exception, it further cements his place as one of the best storytellers writing today and I highly recommend it." - FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND

Editorial Reviews

Review

Mr. Meikle continues to write outstanding stories, and Professor Challenger: The Island of Terror is no exception, it further cements his place as one of the best storytellers writing today and I highly recommend it. - FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND

Willie's lean writing style strips away any superfluous prose to throw the reader into a non-stop, action packed and glorious Saturday Morning matinee style romp that will not fail to entertain. - GINGER NUTS OF HORROR

It's a tightly-plotted, fast-paced story, in the classic pulp tradition. Meikle captures the feel of the characters with consummate skill. I recommend it highly. - THE BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY

High adventure and masterful storytelling make THE ISLAND OF TERROR a thrilling tale indeed. - THE TOMB OF DARK DELIGHTS

The characters were strong and distinctive, and the various turns of phrase were fun to read. The action is good, and the combat sequences were well written, without getting gory. The writing style was very effective in setting the tone. All in all, Professor Challenger: The Island of Terror is an enjoyable read. THE MONSTER LIBRARIAN

From the Author

Professor Challenger has mostly played second fiddle to Holmes in the Conan Doyle canon, but the character has always interested me; the flawed scientist with a big heart and a bigger ego. Considering he appeared in so few tales from the Doyle pen, it is a testament to the depth of the character that he has survived at all.

From the Lost World, to the poison in the mist, and the day the Earth screamed, he captured my imagination when I was twelve, and I've loved him ever since. That, plus the fact that Doyle reports that Challenger was born in Largs, making him a Scotsman from a town just 6 miles from where I was brought up, means that when Dark Regions Press offered me the chance to play in his world, I jumped at it.

From there it was a matter of choosing subject matter and setting. As a creature feature nut, the subject shouted loudest, and the setting proved more of a problem. I was intending on a return trip to the Amazon plateau, but then I remembered Lundy Island, and everything just fell into place. 

Format:Kindle Edition
Firstly, the correct title for this book is, "PROFESSOR CHALLENGER: THE ISLAND OF TERROR". I almost missed it by searching on "Island of Terror" & not finding it.

My review is based on an advance copy, supplied by the author.

Edward Malone, who many will remember as the narrator of Arthur Conan Doyle's `The Lost World' which introduced Professor Challenger to the reading public, receives a letter from his old friend via the offices of the newspaper he works for...

"Malone,

The bloody idiots are playing with things they don't understand. We need to
stop this before it gets out of hand. Get yourself down here straight away. The people need to know what's going on, and to do that I'll need to stir things up and make a bit of a fuss. I'll meet you in the Gallows Inn - it's in the centre of Yelverton, and you can't miss it.

Hurry man. There's no time to lose."

We follow Malone and Challenger into a web of intrigue, involving old friends fallen upon hard times, dinosaur eggs, mutilated convicts and a secret military research base.
William Meikle cleverly updates his prehistoric beasties to take into account post Jurassic Park theories, while avoiding the clich├ęd over-use of the more well-known Tyrannosaurus rex etc.
I wouldn't want to say too much more about the story for fear of spoilers.

It's a tightly-plotted, fast-paced story, in the classic pulp tradition. Meikle captures the feel of the characters with consummate skill. I recommend it highly.

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