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BOOK REVIEW: FTN reviews Operation: Montauk by Bryan Young

October 8th, 2012 by Michael McCaffrey Comments

Operation: Montauk
Written by:
Bryan Young
Published by: Silence in the Library

Lost in time after a failed attempt to kill Hitler before his rise to power, World War II soldier Cpl. Jack Mallory finds himself stranded, his whole team killed, nearly 100 Million years off course. Together with a group of other wayward time travelers, Mallory has to fight to survive in a hostile environment swarming with dinosaurs. Desperate to find a way home, the community of lost travelers searches for any solution that might send them all home and unlock the secret that shipwrecked them on the shores of time…
But the jungle holds a secret from Mallory’s future-past…
…and it’s out to kill them all!
Written by the author for his son, it’s the perfect book for any sci-fi fan to enjoy on their own or with the entire family.

From the first page on, Montauk tells you exactly what it is, and has absolutely no shame about it. And neither should it. Montauk is a goddamn action movie, with a grizzled WWII soldier sent back in time to kill Hitler who, due to some technical difficulties, ends up at some point in the Cretaceous period. How could that not make the child inside you jump up and down?

It’s very important, I feel, that you approach this book like you would an action movie. I watched the expendables 2 and bloody loved it, then sat down and finished Montauk, and both were amazing. I just don’t think either is going to make it on to your University reading/ film lists any time soon.

The characters don’t stray very far from what you’d traditionally expect, but as I said, it’s an action movie. The archetypes used in this kind of book exist for a reason, because they work. Mallory does a good job of the soldier out of his depth, and the implied interconnectivity between the majority of the characters lends a certain plausibility to the time travel. I’m also a fan of how the writer doesn’t get bogged down in the details.

We don’t have a 10 page treatise on possible current and old time travel theories; we have a slight explanation, and then back to the action, all raptors and gunfire.

Operation Montauk is a fun book, with quite a bit of action, and a few likeable characters. What else are you looking for?

3 out of 5 Nerds

Bryan Young works across many different mediums. He’s the author of “Lost at the Con” (put on Huffington Post’s “Must-Read for Geeks” list) and “Man Against the Future”. As a film producer, his last two films (“This Divided State” and “Killer at Large”) were released by The Disinformation Company and were called “filmmaking gold” by The New York Times.

He’s also published comic books with Slave Labor Graphics and Image Comics. He’s a contributor for the Huffington Post and the founder and editor in chief of the geek news and review site Big Shiny Robot! Bryan is also an Honorary Friend of the 501st Legion and has never met a cat that didn’t like him! 

A note from the author: I dedicated this book to my 9-year-old son, Anakin. I looked at the other material I’d been writing and not as much of it as I would have liked was appropriate for him to read. Out of conversations he and I had together, the idea for this book came to me, using all of his relevant interests. He and his friends are obsessed with Nazis, dinosaurs, time travel, and war, so I put them all in a blender and ended up with Operation: Montauk. If no one else likes this book, the fact that my son loves it means more to me than anything else.

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Jeff, whose real name is Michael. It’s a funny story, unfortunately it’s a funny story that isn’t actually that funny, and so we won’t bore you. Read a children’s encyclopaedia cover to cover as a child because nobody told him that wasn’t what you were supposed to do with those. Jeff is a Terminal Discworld addict, home brewer and semi successful scientist, and enjoys long moonlight walks through Skyrim. His main problem is though, that he will read anything, literally, anything literary. This has lead to the complete lack of shelf space remaining in his house.

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