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Countdown City (The Last Policeman #2)

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There are just 77 days to go before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Hank Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank's days of solving crimes are over...until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband.

Brett Cavatone disappeared without a trace – an easy
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Paperback, 316 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Quirk Books
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Dan Schwent
When retired policeman Henry Palace is approached by his childhood babysitter to track down her missing husband, he's on the case. But with only seventy-seven days until an asteroid crashes into Earth, will he be able to track the missing man down amidst rioting, looters, and the rapidly disintegrating infrastructure?

The second Henry Palace book is even better than the first. It sees Palace riding his ten-speed bicycle all over New Hampshire, looking for a former state trooper that doesn't want
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Kemper
I am a weak and cowardly person so if I knew that he world was about to end, I’d probably spend my final moments just crying, cursing the universe and generally acting like Bill Paxton in Aliens. "Game over, man! Game over!"

Hank Palace is better man than I am, or at least he’s able to divert himself from the upcoming apocalypse by playing detective. In The Last Policeman, Earth had learned that a giant asteroid was coming to send humanity out the same way the dinosaurs bought it. Hank was a youn
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Brandon
"I keep my head down and my mind focused on the case because I’m sick of wondering why I’m doing this, why I care. This is just what I have, this is what I do."

..and with that, Hank Palace gives us an answer to why he’s so goddamn determined to run around playing detective in the face of certain doom. With Countdown City, Ben H. Winters takes us back to Concord, New Hampshire, less than 3 months until impact. In just 77 days, Maia will collide with Earth and the impact along with the resulting c
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James Thane
This is the second volume in Ben H. Winters' "Last Policeman" series, featuring Detective Hank Palace, lately of the Concord, New Hampshire PD. Lately, because in just seventy-seven days, a giant asteroid named Maia is going to slam into the earth, ending life as Hank and everyone else knows it. Naturally, things are now a bit discombobulated.

In the course of things, all the Concord police detectives have been fired since there's really no point in investigating anything when the world won't sur
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Tfitoby
Ben Winters continues to explore the breakdown of modern society in the face of impending apocalypse with his second Hank Palace novel. With this installment his detective is no longer a professional detective and instead follows the well gumshoed path, alone down those dark streets, he must go as if by some sort of genetic disposition, facing up to the end times by giving himself fully to a missing person investigation in a world where the majority of people have simply got up and left their li ...more
Julie Davis
I liked the audio for the first book in this trilogy so much (The Last Policeman) that upon finishing it I went and picked up this audio for rereading. Also, the last book in the trilogy comes out in July so I might as well have the previous two fresh in mind, right? Peter Berkrot does a stellar job.

My full review is below.

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What does it say that my first act upon opening this book was to look for what month it is? How close is the asteroid? Obviously, I've opted into Ben H. Winters
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Stephanie
Sequel to "The Last Policeman". Detective Henry "Hank" Palace has been released from his duties from the Concord Police Department. The powers that be have decided that with only 77 days to live, there is no need for an investigations unit and have kept only enough officers to keep the city from rioting. In the "current environment", Earth is just waiting for the final day, when a giant asteroid will hit the planet and wipe out the human race. Sitting around waiting to die isn't Hank's style, an ...more
Paul
I read The Last Policeman last August and fell a little bit in love with the premise. That first book, quite justifiably in my opinion, was well received and even went on to win an Edgar award. I make no secret of my love for apocalyptic fiction. It turns out that pre-apocalyptic crime is a wonderful sub-set of this genre.

There is a short time jump between book one and two. The Last Policeman takes place six month before the asteroid is due to hit while book two has moved to three months before.
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Bryan Alexander
With Countdown City I continue my belated education in the mystery genre. I also carry on reading Ben Winters' Last Policeman series, as I read its first book several months ago (review). Overall, this was a pleasure to read, combining a solid mystery plot with descriptions of the end of the world.

If you haven't read this book or its predecessor, that combination is what the story's about. An asteroid is going to strike the Earth and wipe out the human race, which has caused cultural panic. Amid
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Matt
My love for The Last Policeman was based on the setting that Ben Winters created of his pre-apocalyptic society, but Countdown City took that scenery, developed it even further and added a heap of characterization onto it for Det. Hank Palace, his sister and several of the others waiting for the end.

Usually I am content with mysteries that toss an archetypal if underdeveloped sleuth character (often with some differentiations - the anthropologist, the veteran, the medieval monk) into interesting
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Nancy McKibben
Sep 02, 2013 Nancy McKibben rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers who like noir mysteries and/or science fiction
Countdown City
The Last Policeman Book 2
Ben H. Winters

I thought that Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther series, about a detective in Nazi Germany, were about as noir as noir mystery could get, but now that I have read Countdown City by Ben H. Winters, I have to say that Kerr has been out-noired.

Protagonist Hank Palace is a police detective in Concord, Massachusetts, but his position has recently been abolished - and why? Because Concord’s citizens, like citizens around the world, are waiting for the e
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Bonnie
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
A copy of Countdown City was provided to me by Quirk Books for review purposes.

How would you spend your remaining days if you knew an asteroid was on target to destroy the Earth in a few short months? Would you pack everything and travel the world? Would you finally do all those things you've been pushing off and just haven't ever gotten around to? Or would you continue living your life as if nothing has changed?

Henry Palace is no longer employed with the Concord Police
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Clark Hallman
Countdown City by Ben H. Winters is the second installment in the very thought-provoking and riveting Last Policeman trilogy. Hank Palace continues to investigate even though he is no longer a police detective. He realizes that it makes little sense, but he just needs to try to serve and help people amid the chaos of a collapsing society. There are only 74 days until a giant asteroid will collide with Earth reducing all civilization to rubble and ending most life. Many people have already succum ...more
Nancy
I have come to realize that I have been putting off this review because I just did not like the book. I enjoyed the first book in this series, the Last Policeman, the pace of that book kept me tuned in to Henry Palace and the impending doom.

Sorry to say that midway through Countdown City, I found myself picking up other books and then going back to this one. Something was missing. The book was lagging and dragging and I was forcing myself to finish. It almost felt as if Ben Winters did not have
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Jeff Miller
I greatly enjoyed "The Last Policeman" and was certainly wonder how he could follow it up.

Thankfully what I loved about the first novel is also fully contained within the second novel which further develops the themes.

First off we have such an interesting concept in what is a pre-apocolypse novel which is like a dystopian novel in reverse. One aspect of most dystopian novels that I often find weak is that the transition to however society is displayed in the story makes it hard to connect the do
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Michele
4.5 stars...it is rare that the second book in a trilogy is near as good as the one that kicked it all off, but Ben Winters has penned another good one that kept me engrossed from cover to cover. If you're not familiar, I will give you the Readers Digest version: the first book in the series, The Last Policeman (which won an Edgar Award, by the way) introduced us to brand-spanking-new-detective Hank Palace. Hank had finally made detective, a lifelong dream but unfortunately, no one cares anymore ...more
Nancy Oakes
Jul 25, 2013 Nancy Oakes rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nancy by: Ben H. Winters
Just 77 days away from its collision with our planet, people are trying to prepare for the inevitable. The government has put main character out of a job, and has federalized the Concord Police Force. Investigative units, including detectives, are out -- "relatively unnecessary, given the current environment." The patrol units are amped up, but now everyone reports to the Justice Department. Hank takes early retirement after being on the job only a short time, but his unemployed status doesn't c ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
What would you do if the world was going to end in a little less than three months?

Being a wimp, I’d probably hide in the basement closet with a comforter over my head, praying that it’s all a bad dream. Most likely I’d be depressed and wouldn’t be able to go about my everyday life like everything was normal. I definitely wouldn’t be like Hank Palace, the main character of this novel, because even with an asteroid hurtling through space towards earth threatening to wipe out all life on the plane
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Joe
The second book in The Last Policeman series. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite book series of all time. Once again, this is a detective noir story with approximately 77 days before an asteroid hits Earth, presumably killing everyone in the process. The central mystery is so interesting because this particular story literally couldn't be told without the unique situation that society finds itself. The story uses the inherent limitations of this scenario to its advantage: cell phones ar ...more
Nancy Brisson
In Countdown City, Book II of The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters Henry Palace is no longer a police detective or even, in fact, a policeman at all. For a while the police who were not detectives kept order in Concord, New Hampshire. As it gets closer and closer to the date of the impact of Maia, the asteroid, 6.5 kilometers in diameter, with the earth the police disappear from the street corners and civilization moves down another notch towards anarchy.

People have already been informed that Ma
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Carolyn
At the start of this second book in Ben Winter's 'Last Policeman' series, the asteroid Maia is now 77 days away from colliding with Earth and destroying the world as we know it. Society is already breaking down and people are disappearing, either killed in disputes over diminishing supplies of food and water or 'going bucket list' - taking off to spend their last days in the sun, bungee jumping or partying to the end of the world.
Hank Palace, the last policeman, has been stood down by the Police
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Albert
Title - Countdown City (The Last Policeman #2)

Author - Ben H. Winters

Summary -

In seventy-seven days, the asteroid 2011GV1 is going to slam into the planet Earth and destroy all life on it. It will be a catastrophe on par with the impact that ended the reign of the dinosaurs. All humanity knows it is coming and they know just as well that there is nothing they can do about it. Many have chosen to deal with this impending doom in different ways. Some have decided to end their own lives rather tha
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Erin
The second book in a trilogy is often the toughest because the author must bridge the introductions to the denouement (and here it's a big one). Nevertheless, Winters does a fair job creating an interesting case for Henry Palace to follow (and it vaguely ties into what may or may not be a larger narrative. There was one very large plot hole that bothered me (view spoiler) but I zoomed through this. And why does ...more
Jennifer Addington
OMG. I loved this story. Wait, is it appropriate to start a review with OMG??

OMG I fucking love this story. I think that's better. Just like the first book, I was sucked in. Could not, would not put it down. Believable. I love the "film noir" feel to these books. (yes books, there is a first one) And the second book carries on with the same feel. Its not "oh here we go again" kinda thing, but a complete story unto itself, wrapped in a larger unfolding story. I care deeply for Hank and his dog.
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Jack
A stellar sequel to the first book in the trilogy, "The Last Policeman", Winters continues the tale of the end of the world with a bang and not a whimper. But this is not the final bang to end it all. (I'm assuming that will be the third book, releasing later this year.)

With the predicted end of the world just under three months away, the despair has grown in the book, both in action and in characterization. It is interesting that the main character, (former detective) Henry Palace, has not give
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Caro
I find Palace's dogged determination to continue doing his job perfectly believable, though who knows what I would do if the world were going to end in 77 days. (Do you still garden??) Winters has ratcheted up the decline of civilization in a very believable way, from the college campus enclave of rigid free spirits to the police house in the country where Palace ends up at the end of the book. As one character says ominously, "Wait until there's no water." I cannot imagine how this will end but ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Countdown City picks up shortly after The Last Policeman closes, with Hank Palace being out of a job but unable to stop helping people. This one centers around his old babysitter and her missing husband, but also continues to highlight the world around him as time moves forward and the end of the world becomes more tangible.

I love Hank. I marveled over his ability to keep focused on helping people even though everyone else is focused on living their last moments by seeing the world or crossing i
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Johan Haneveld
The second book in the ‘The Last Policeman’-series, and society is falling apart around former detective Henry Palace. Former, because with the approaching meteor less than three months away the policeforce now only exists to provide a threat to discourage people from looting, which is seemingly inevitable, as soon even basic necessities like electricity and water will not be accessible any more. Some people start anarchic utopia’s others hope to find relief in offers of secret underground refug ...more
Chris
77 days away from an asteroid strike predicted to wreak mass destruction on the Earth, Henry Palace is still committed to living his life according to the societal rules of right and wrong that form his personal religion. So, when he's asked by his former babysitter to find her missing husband, Brett, it doesn't matter that no one, even the police force, is bothering to search for missing persons anymore. So many people have vacated their usual lives for so many different reasons - bucket lists, ...more
Shannon
Picking up where 2013 Edgar Award Winner The Last Policeman left off, Countdown City begins with just 74 days remaining before a catastrophic asteroid collides with Earth. Though he is no longer working with the Concord Police Department, Henry Palace takes on a final case when a childhood friend asks him to help find her missing husband. As the asteroid inches closer to Earth, society's basic functions begin to fall apart, which makes finding someone like Brett Cavatone nearly impossible. Henry ...more
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“Respectfully, sir, the asteroid did not make you leave her. The asteroid is not making anyone do anything. It's just a big piece of rock floating through space. Anything anyone does remains their own decision.” 4 likes
“every choice forecloses on other choices; each step forward leaves a thousand dead possible universes behind you.” 1 likes
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