Angels of Vengeance (The Disappearance #3)
Jed Culver, President Kipper's right hand man, knows that what is right and what is best are rarely the same thing. Can he go against the President's wishes?
Mad Jackson Blackstone, rogue governor of the Republic of Texas, is slowly but surely destroying the new United States of America.
The time ...more
At one point I was getting concerned that there may be a fourth b ...more
Strong, smart, resourceful female characters. Without having the backstory from books One and Two I'm sti ...more
But a book that is about action -- and violent, bloody, detailed action at that -- must move at a different pace. It must be lean as well as mean, and the pages must turn without much time spent on introspection or metaphys ...more
Great idea, in all three books. But, the author has not earned my trust. They are all fantastic characters that leave impressions behind. Unfortunately some grammatical flubs (where it seems spell check won over sentence structure) left me confused. Generally, the characters are developed well, but without all having clear purposes...unless that is the point, which is acceptable as a device. The next book seems transparently looming, in favor of a reason to wrap up this one, and in many ways the ...more
I finished the audio book of this one in the bath tonight, cos I was sure I didn't have much to go.
Overall, I found this really hard to concentrate on. I dont know if it was the audiobook format, or the story itself, but I found myself tuning out quite frequently. As I result I'm not sure if the things i feel this book is missing are actually missing, or just missing for me cos I happened to miss that detail.... For example, I still don't know what "the wave" is and I don't know if I missed it ...more
This final book wraps up the stories started in book 1. One thing I do like about this author is that he’s not afrai ...more
I've been following John Birmingham's stories since Weapons of Choice, his alt-history trilogy, and he has a wordsmith's way with telling a story. This storyline is equally enthralling, totally worth your dime. Really. I mean it. get out of your chair right NOW and go buy one of his books. You won't be sorry. There are few playwrights out there of this caliber, whose body of work covers such an expanse, weather historical non-fiction, humor, or slam-bam action-adventure ...more
So it’s the final book of the trilogy and while there are several overarching story threads and many continuous characters all three books could be read as standalone stores and you’d not be missing much.
The problem of this particular volume is there is just too ...more
And..... Oh dear :(
Now don't get me wrong, it's not a bad book, it's just not as good as it could ...more
Angels of Vengeance is a very appropriate title for Birmingham’s third book of his latest trilogy. Three female protagonists are thrown into a post-apocalyptic America. The storyline switches back a forth between their separate quest for retribution. Then there is a fourth storyline about an unlikely President of the United States and his overbearing Chief of Staff. It wasn’t until very late (too late) into the story that we finally see how he fits in with the rest of the characters.
What I liked...more
There are three heroines in this story, but only "Commando Barbie" (Caitlin Monroe) seems fully realized as a person. Apart from Caitlin, Milosz, the Polish special forces operator who became a U.S. Army Ranger, was my favorite character from earlier books in the series, and while I was gratified to see Birming ...more
A hefty amount of pages is spent on re-telling the previous two books. This feels like a bit of service for new readers who did not pick up the previous two volumes but it could have been shorter. Quite a bit shorter. The middle bit is split between even more retrospectiv ...more
Echelon agent Caitlin Monroe is once again infiltrating enemy lines. Her target is a former French offic ...more
Technothrillers are a guilty pleasure of mine; my "junk food books". The plot of this one was entertaining, and the story moved along at a decent pace, so it measured up to what I expected for leisure reading.
What's wrong with this book? Awkward narration (and occasionally dialogue) that is so cringeworthy ...more
Again with Birmingham, there is a lot of gunplay, some unnecessary detailing of hardware (seriously - why do writers of technothrillers feel obliged to provide the specific type of every handgun that shows up?) and only a few real human moments. But that is ok, since you know what you're getting into. These books are not ...more
The premise is just so darn thought-provoking. The population of the US is now 30 million instead of 300 – yet much of the infrastructure remains. The political intrigue is interesting and the little ...more
There is something about Birmingham's stories that I really enjoy. I immediately get sucked into the his universe. You immediately become attached to the heroes. If you have read any of his other books you already expect heroes you are rooting for to suddenly meet untimely deaths. But you keep reading to find out what terrible event is next to occur. It's all a great ride.
I enjoyed the Axis of Time series more, but found this series a c ...more
Overall, this is another good variant on the 'out of context' plot and wraps up in a satisfying manner after three books.
I'll be keeping an eye out for any future books from Birmingham.