Professor Challenger: The Island Of Terror by William Meikle. Book review

PROFESSOR CHALLENGER: THE ISLAND OF TERROR by William Meikle, Dark Regions Press, p/b, $14.95, http://www.darkregions.com/

Reviewed by David Brzeski

Edward Malone, who many will remember as the narrator of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Lost World’ which introduced Professor Challenger to the reading public, receives a letter from his old friend via the offices of the newspaper he works for…

“Malone,

The bloody idiots are playing with things they don’t understand. We need to

stop this before it gets out of hand. Get yourself down here straight away. The people

need to know what’s going on, and to do that I’ll need to stir things up and make a

bit of a fuss. I’ll meet you in the Gallows Inn – it’s in the centre of Yelverton, and

you can’t miss it.

Hurry man. There’s no time to lose.”

We follow Malone and Challenger into a web of intrigue, involving old friends fallen upon hard times, dinosaur eggs, mutilated convicts and a secret military research base.

William Meikle cleverly updates his prehistoric beasties to take into account post Jurassic Park theories, while avoiding the clichéd over-use of the more well-known Tyrannosaurus rex etc.

I wouldn’t want to say too much more about the story for fear of spoilers.

It’s a tightly-plotted, fast-paced story, in the classic pulp tradition. Meikle captures the feel of the characters with consummate skill. I recommend it highly.