In the Books featuring Hard Time: A Dinosaur Thriller by Alex Laybourne

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Hard Time: A Dinosaur Thriller by Alex Laybourne.


About the book: Rookie officer Peter Malone and his heavily armed team are sent on a deadly mission to extract a dangerous criminal from a classified prison world. A Kruger Correctional facility where only the hardest, most vicious criminals are sent to fend for themselves, never to return.

But when the team come face to face with ancient beasts from a lost world, their mission is changed. The new objective: Survive.

My review: I think it’s only fair to say I’m a huge fan of the sci-fi angle with dinosaurs, and as a fan of the author’s other work it was only a matter of time until I got to this one. First off, I loved the synopsis. I think the idea of a prison sending their prisoners doing hard time to a prehistoric world is a perfect fit in the dystopian genre.

The “out of sight, out of mind” thought process really hits home when the guards are sent to retrieve the lone prisoner to ever make it through his sentence alive. The thought of being in a place where you’re surrounded by plants and animals, yet unable to see them is terrifying, and I thought that was captured with the story’s claustrophobic nature. Add to that the fun of witnessing a different way for the creatures to eat the men made it a fun and entertaining plot.

The characters were an interesting mix with the guards offering a civilized approach to nature while the prisoners adopted a wild animal type of personalities similar to what we hear of real prisons. I do have to admit I’m curious how or why they couldn’t find a way to come together to build something for their mutual benefit. It could just be the optimist in me. lol

One thing that bothered me was the ending. The author’s approach didn’t bother me as much as the how of a certain pair came about. I don’t want to go into greater detail due to spoilers, but it’s an interesting idea that leaves open the potential for a sequel. I did love the fight scene near the end, as my favorite dinosaur won, but I’ll leave the details to you all to figure out.

If you’re a fan of dinosaurs, sci-fi, and dystopian settings, then this is the thing for you.

About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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