Godzilla – The Official Movie Novelization by Greg Cox

godzillaThe iconic Japanese monster Godzilla created by the Toho Company is back with a vengeance (let’s forget that Roland Emmerich directed Godzilla film in 1998!).  The new flick by Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures looks to bring back the classsic Godzilla with an all-star cast starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche.  Titan Books sent me the “official” novelization of Godzilla a few weeks back and I’m now able to have time to read the book by author Greg Cox.

As a child, Dr Ishiro Serizawa witnessed a life-changing event on his home island in the South Pacific in 1954 and again in 1999 in the Philippines.  Dr. Serizawa and his colleagues find a mysterious crater-like cavern filled with large eggs.  It could be Aliens, but it’s not.  During this time husband Joe Brody and wife Sandra Brody work at Janijira Nuclear Power Plant and on this day all hell is breaking lose.  The tremors feel like an earthquake, but it’s not an earthquake?  The staff can’t pinpoint the problem, while the nuclear power plant is going through a melt down.  Joe loses his wife Sandra in the power plant catastrophe and to this present day is still trying to find her and the reason behind the power plant failure.

His son Ford Brody now in the U.S. military hope to bring his dad back to the States, back into the real world and to get him to finally let go of what happened at the power plant years ago.  Joe convinces his son Ford, one more trip to Janijira to get answers.  After the long drive, they stop by the devastated office structures to grab printouts, papers, just anything on the tremor readings.  To their surprise, the Japanese military catches them and sends them to a secret base.  There they meet Dr. Serizawa and his team and learn of the M.U.T.O.s.

The M.U.T.O.s look to destroy humanity.  How can the Earth be saved?  Is monster Godzilla also one of them or standing on the side of the humans?  The anti-hero Godzilla rises above all in this tour-de-force big screen comeback.

As we all know by now from friends, Rotten Tomatoes, movie critics and fanboys – it’s either you like it or not.  The flick wasn’t perfect and didn’t hit on all cylinders, like the X-Men:  Days of Future Past or Captain America 2: Winter Soldier, but it is way better than the Godzilla 1999 film, if we can agree on that.  Author Greg Cox takes the screenplay by Max Borenstein and story by David Callaham into a 300-page novel, so if the Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla flick left you wanting more, then grab a cup of java coffee and read Godzilla: The Official Novelization on a nice Sunday afternoon.

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Paperback Title:  Godzilla – The Official Movie Novelization

Author:  Greg Cox

Publisher:  Titan Books

MSRP:  $7.99USD

Available:  Now

 

 

 

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