|Marc Cerasini Godzilla novels|
Godzilla Returns is a 233 page young adult novel written by Marc Cerasini in 1996. It is the first of the Random House Godzilla young adult novel series.
"1954 - Tokyo, Japan, is leveled by a gigantic rampaging monster – a force more powerful than a tsunami, more devastating than an atomic bomb. The creature is supposedly killed. But the few who survive his attack are forever haunted by a paralyzing fear that he could rise again...
1996 – Brian Shimura, a Japanese-American college student, has just arrived in Tokyo to work as a newspaper intern. His first assignment is to help investigate the so-called “return” of some legendary dinosaur monster. But when the fiery destruction begins, Brian’s skepticism is quickly transformed into awesome dread. This mythic monster is no myth... GODZILLA HAS COME BACK TO RAGE AGAIN!"
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- While a separate continuity from Toho's Heisei films, Godzilla in the Random House novels is based off the powered-up form of his Heisei series counterpart and is confirmed to have some of the same powers (Atomic Ray, super regeneration, absorption of radiation).
- Just like his film counterpart he is believed to be a dinosaur mutated by atomic tests due to a photograph taken in the 1940's during the Pacific War that shows a large dinosaur and was initially dismissed as a hoax till the first attack in 1954.
- Curiously he is heavier than his film counterpart, with an estimated weight of 65,000 tons where as the heaviest his Heisei film counterpart got was 60,000 tons, page 96.
- The novel incorrectly calls the Type 75 self-propelled howitzers armed with Cadmium missiles Type 75 tanks.
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