Reviews of Tucker's Monster




From Publishers Weekly

A rip-roaring portrait of a man with the money, recklessness, and tenacity to pursue his single-minded goal of discovering a live dinosaur in the year 1903 has young, mild-mannered scientist Gerard Whitney answering a job ad only to find himself working for wealthy eccentric Harold B. Tucker on his Oklahoma ranch. Most days, Whitney is free to work on his scientific classifications, but when Tucker receives reports of hauntings, monster sightings, or other unexplained activity, Whitney must accompany him on his investigations. Sparing no expense, Tucker, his helpers, and his vast collection of firearms travel to Louisiana, Vermont, and ultimately to Venezuela, and neither Whitney nor Jenny, the Cherokee woman who is Tucker's wife and dinosaur-hunting partner, can persuade him out of threatening and bullying locals and even devastating ecosystems in pursuit of his impossible quarry. That both Tucker's companions and the novel's readers are inclined to forgive the manipulative, volatile dinosaur hunter is a testament to the author's character-building. For all his gruffness and his power, Tucker is a man compelled by a tragically unrealizeable dream, and the pathos of his situation is clear. Tense action scenes, including a particularly memorable haunted house, keep the pace moving at a brisk clip. A heartfelt and well-realized tall tale. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

Publishers Weekly

Review of Tucker's Monster by Ron Underwood - Director

"TUCKER’S MONSTER delivers all the fun and adventure for the reader that S.S. Wilson always brings to the movies he creates.  Through meticulous research and a wealth of scientific information, Wilson creates a most credible narrative about the search for previously undiscovered life forms.  We see the world through the eyes of Gerald Whitney, a recent college graduate in the field of zoology who gets a job as chief zoologist for an eccentric and wealthy rancher, Harold Tucker. Together, along with Tucker’s wife, Jenny, they travel the world looking for creatures and legendary monsters.

The book is a journal by Whitney, and his voice is very authentic for a young man of science in the early 1900’s.  Through amazing detail and accuracy, the reader is transported back to the beginning of the twentieth century.  We meet characters of a different time with names like Adford Diphonia and Luddy Sedlak.

Whitney’s naïve optimism is charming as he is thrown into the world of an employer who is used to getting what he wants in life and never accepts “no” for an answer about anything.  On their travels, they meet many colorful characters, who sometime become obstacles in their exploration.  Tucker has a direct way of dealing with confrontation that is disturbing and frightening for Whitney, but Tucker’s methods are usually most effective.

Tucker believes that so much of the earth’s surface has not been explored, that it is possible to find a living dinosaur somewhere in the world.  His ardent determination in finding a dinosaur is so intense that his enthusiasm is contagious for the reader. 

While Tucker is accustomed to traveling in style, the group is often in treacherous lands that make the voyages arduous.  They come across a wide variety of unusual vehicles as they trudge their way through snow, through marshes, and through jungles.  They always travel fully armed, and Tucker is quite adept at using his firearms and explosives when needed.

As one would expect from a book by S.S. Wilson, there are plenty of twists and turns and surprises to entertain all through Whitney’s journey. We grow to love our traveling trio and look forward to each new adventure they encounter. It is an exciting adventure, but also an emotional one.  We go on an emotional roller coaster with our characters as they achieve hard-won victories and suffer personal losses.  You won’t be disappointed when you pick up a copy of TUCKER’S MONSTER."

Ron Underwood - Director

Review of Tucker's Monster by John Goodwin - Emmy Winner, CSI.

"Joining Tucker and company in their search for a REAL monster is as much fun as going to the Center of the Earth with Prof. Lidenbrook or to the Lost World with Prof. Challenger ... a delight!"

John Goodwin - Emmy winner CSI

Review of Tucker's Monster by Paul Guay - Screenwriter LIAR, LIAR 

"If you miss Arthur Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger as much as I do, you'll be delighted to meet S.S.  Wilson's Harold B. Tucker. Enjoy! "

Paul Guay - Screenwriter LIAR, LIAR

Review of Tucker's Monster by Paul Williams "NBXmas Fan"

"As the entertainment business has witnessed S.S. Wilson has many good stories to tell. And Tucker's Monster proves he has more yarns to spin. Tucker's Monster is a great book for all ages, young to young at heart. Simply put, pull up a chair, turn on a light and let Tucker's world unfold, and share it with another who loves a good read."

Paul Williams "NBXmas Fan"

Review of Tucker's Monster by Model Master

"My favorite book ever: Tucker's Monster by S.S. Wilson, writer of the Tremors movies. If anyone likes a good adventure story, I would definitely recommend this book. I can't wait for S.S. Wilson's next book!"

Model Master

Review of Tucker's Monster by Chris Eaton, The Realm Cast, therealmcast.com

"a breath of fresh air... it reminds you of better days when books were about having fun and not international terrorists threatening to kill millions"

Chris Eaton, The Realm Cast, therealmcast.com

Review of Tucker's Monster by Hack Johnson - Horror News.Net


"It is, at its heart, an adventure story that reminds me of things I would read as a child. I hold Harold Tucker up there with Quartermaine. It is great fun, adventurous and emotionally fulfilling."

Hack Johnson - Horror News.Net