Tuesday 23 January 2024

Death Planet - N.R. LaPoint - Dinosaur Warfare 1

Death Planet
Dinosaur Warfare 1
Mistcreek Publishing
ISBN 9798397805605

Dinosaur Warfare 1 Death Planet - NR LaPoint

What a great beginning. This was the third offering from the pen of N. R. LaPoint that I have read. The first was a short story, Azrael, in the anthology Swords and Maidens he edited; the second was, Christmas Evil: A Heavy Metal Holiday Novella, and now this one. I already had picked up a couple other anthologies he has contributed to but after finishing this I picked up the other two novels in this series and the remaining novels he has written that I did not have yet. The three stories I have read by LaPoint are vastly different, and each has given me a greater appreciation for his skill and talent as an author. LaPoint came from a recommendation by Declan Finn, 2 years ago I read everything Finn had in print reading about a book a week, I now plan to do the same with Lapoint’s works, but back to this volume.

The description of this volume is:

“The Vidarian scourge has swept through many star systems,
killing and enslaving in an endless invasion.

When his home world is targeted, Ambrose Weaver flees with a crew of exiles.
Hunted down and forced to crash land on the mysterious planet Typhon,
they soon find their escape from sure death
has only led them to new troubles and prehistoric dangers.

The dinosaurs are only the beginning.
Can Ambrose and his crew brave primeval jungles
and survive a planet filled with horror?”

This story was hard to put down. Unfortunately I picked it up after a long Christmas break from work, so I did have to put it down a few times. Before I was even finished it I started telling my 16 year old son about it and he has started reading it now. We are both big fans of Corinna Turner's unSPARKed Series and this is alike a space opera version set well into the future. I would describe it as a mash up of Piers Anthony’s Bio of a Space Tyrant and Turner’s unSPARKed with the T-Rex controlled by the hat in Meet the Robinsons. I absolutely loved this story. 

I have a dual form of dyslexia and did not learn to read until later than many. This story really took me back to a lot of the stuff I read back then. Like Piers Anthony’s Bio of a Space Tyrant and also Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom series or The Warlord of Mars Series as I always called it. I loved both of those series, but from this first story in this series it will eclipse them both! 

The characters are well written. The plot moves at a breakneck pace. Interesting concepts and masterful execution. The interactions between the self-appointed captain and the crew are well crafted. And the interactions between the humans and the bonded dinosaurs are just awesome. The battles with other dinosaurs, other creatures, and humanoids trying to kill them are thrilling.

As mentioned after reading this I picked up all of LaPoint’s published works that I did not already have. This is a great read in what looks to be a wonderful series. Little bit space opera, a little big lost world, and a whole lot of fun. I can easily recommend this novel. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews 2024 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by N.R. LaPoint:
Dead by Dawn: The Files of Virgil Everness

Raven Mistcreek Series:

Dinosaur Warfare Series:

Contributed to:
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Fantastic Middle Schools 6
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