Good Old-Fashioned Action Adventure!
says Rick Hannah of Bad Times: Cannibal Gold:
“What happens if you’re a scientist and you’re suddenly in a situation that requires the services of Manly-Men to extricate people in unforeseen danger? Well, if you’re the scientist in Cannibal Gold, you go out and find those rough men who stand ready to visit violence on your behalf.
And then, all hell breaks loose.
Chuck Dixon has some experience writing about such characters and in this book, the first of a series, he mashes together everything some of us love about old time Pulp adventure. He sets up the premise without a lot of fuss and bother, we’re introduced to the fighting men with just enough details to show us who they are and why this new job appeals to them compared to what they find themselves doing (and there’s an appealing getting-the-band-back-together camaraderie about it) and then we’re plunged into the action without any further ado.
And there’s blessedly no angst, no political snipes, no contemporary “grey areas” about who’s bad and who’s good in the fight, something else that’s a throw-back to good, old-time action-adventure. And once the action starts it doesn’t stop any longer than the minimal it takes to show what’s happening on the “home front”. And best of all, Dixon’s prose is simple and straight forward and compelling. He doesn’t waste time on non-essential descriptions or inner monologues; you can actually follow what’s happening without having to reread any passages. It’s an easy read in a very good way and you truly don’t want to put it down.
And on a personal note, it’s EXACTLY the kind of story me and my buddy might have made-up when we were kids living a life of high adventure and danger in our backyards and the nearby woods. Filled with combat, heroism, sacrifice, damsels in distress and bad guys sorely in need of killing.
Of course, if you’re not into that sort of thing, then this is not the book for you. But if you remember those days of daydreams and pure fun, if you cheered the uncomplicated heroes of the Silver Screen, last second rescues and the triumph of good vs evil and if you’re a fan of just enough weirdness to fire your imagination, then this is the story for you.”