Review: Cry Havoc by Jack Hanson

Cry Havoc by Jack Hanson
Series: Secret Files of the League of Silence (# 1)
Release Date: July 20, 2015
Publisher: Permuted Press
Pages: 316
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



In the year 2410, the catch-cry ‘Join the military, see the world’ still has the same appeal.

When the military consists of cosmopolitan alien races, constant conflict on the borders, and intelligent dinosaurs fighting alongside you, it’s so much more enticing. In the end, everyone serves in the Terran Empire.

This service will be the last touch of youth for a group of raw cadets before they are thrown into the grinder of war. They don’t really like each other and are full of conflict and self-doubt.

Their instructor, a veteran of a hundred battles, doesn’t care. He’ll bring them together whether they like it or not.

Unknown to them, they are the keepers of a forty-year-old secret, the newest addition to the legacy of humanity’s greatest champions.

They were brought together to repair that legacy, but it remains to be seen if they will overcome their own flaws, rise to be the heroes they were born to be and, as their motto says, cry havoc.


Review: When this book arrived, and I began to read through it, I must admit that I was instantly hooked. The book starts out with a handful of characters arriving for their last year of military school, and reads much like a bunch of teenagers starting their senior year in a normal high school in 2015 Earth. The students bicker and gossip, and are eventually forced to bunk together. Things quickly ramped up for me when intelligent warrior dinosaurs started strutting around the parade grounds and became instructors. Once conspiracy started flying and aliens started attacking, I devoured the words on the page. This book had me hooked.

Something about this story really drew out my inner 80’s kid. It seemed part Starship Troopers, part Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, part Scooby Doo, and I loved that. The way that the dinosaurs don armor and wage war alongside the humans sent my imagination flying. Everything from the weapons used to the vehicles to the plot setting itself converged into this glorious painting of battle and intrigue. The characters themselves grew throughout the entire story, and there was never a dull moment. The final conflict left me satisfied, and simultaneously hungry for more.

All in all, I don’t give a book a high rating unless it deserves it. Cry Havoc deserves it. I kept going around in my head, trying to find something I didn’t like about this book, but ultimately it was just a good, satisfying read that I’d recommend to anyone who loves a good sci-fi read.