About Dinosaur Jazz
Acheron Island is a world lost to time, home to prehistoric creatures from earth’s savage past.
The island’s occupants range from ferocious, man-eating dinosaurs and savage Ape Man tribes to strange ruins from a lost civilization. It is also home to Sir Edwin Crowe, son of the Victorian explorer who discovered Acheron Island, renowned big game hunter, scarred Great War veteran, and last of the world’s Gentleman Adventurers.
But now Acheron Island has some new residents - ruthless American businessman Selwyn Slade and an army of corporate cronies. Why has Slade brought all of his modern industrial power to conquer this world from the past? Can Sir Edwin uncover his strange purpose and protect this prehistoric world? Sir Edwin’s only allies are his stalwart Ape Man partner, a beautiful torch singer with a mysterious agenda, his strong-willed sister and her archaeologist boyfriend, and a family of American tourists - and they’re about to become the last hope of a lost world.
Its Jazz Age meets the Mesozoic Age in a world where cavemen, gangsters, hunters, zeppelins, pirates, warlords and dinosaurs clash for a chance of survival. All that and more is waiting for you in Dinosaur Jazz, a tale of high adventure in a prehistoric world.
Reviews for Dinosaur Jazz
When I recently reviewed the first volume of The Stein and Candle Detective Agency (also written by Michael Panush), I made a point of mentioning that it had an addictive B-movie quality about it. The plot of this novel captured my imagination in a similar manner but rather than B-movie this time I was thinking classic radio play. Each time a chapter ended I was could almost hear an announcer proclaim "How will Sir Edwin and his friends escape from the vile clutches of Selwyn Slade? Tune in the same time next week to find out...". Dinosaur Jazz reads like [...]
Going into Dinosaur Jazz, I had the impression it was going to be a light-hearted MG novel. After reading it, I’d say the book is far more suited toward teens and the YA crowd: I was a bit surprised at some scenes! Things got a little graphic and violent and I wasn’t expecting that at all. It doesn’t detract from the novel and in no way did it lessen my enjoyment, but I definitely did a double-take when one of the characters shot another – and it was described in detail.
While there is a fair amount of violence, Dinosaur Jazz [...]