PROFESSOR CHALLENGER: THE ISLAND OF TERROR by William Meikle, Dark Regions Press, p/b, $14.95,Â http://www.darkregions.com/
Reviewed by David Brzeski
Edward Malone, who many will remember as the narrator of Arthur Conan Doyleâ€™s â€˜The Lost Worldâ€™ which introduced Professor Challenger to the reading public, receives a letter from his old friend via the offices of the newspaper he works for…
The bloody idiots are playing with things they donâ€™t understand. We need to
stop this before it gets out of hand. Get yourself down here straight away. The people
need to know whatâ€™s going on, and to do that Iâ€™ll need to stir things up and make a
bit of a fuss. Iâ€™ll meet you in the Gallows Inn â€“ itâ€™s in the centre of Yelverton, and
you canâ€™t miss it.
Hurry man. Thereâ€™s no time to lose.â€
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 clichÃ©d over-use of the more well-known Tyrannosaurus rex etc.
I wouldnâ€™t want to say too much more about the story for fear of spoilers.
Itâ€™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.