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Clickers II: The Next Wave (Clickers #2)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  266 ratings  ·  23 reviews
The first wave was only the beginning.

Since it's publication in 1999, Clickers by J.F. Gonzalez and Mark Williams has become a geunine cult-classic, garnering a legion of fans and single-handedly revitalizing the "munch-out" sub-genre. Like Jaws did a decade before, Clickers gave readers another reason not to go in the water.

But now, it's not even safe on land.

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Hardcover, signed limited to 500 numbered copies, 353 pages
Published 2007 by Delirium Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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After reading the original Clickers last month with some friends from the Horror Aficionados group over at Goodreads, many of us decided we wanted to continue on to read the sequel. This one featured Brian Keene as co-author rather than Mark Williams.

While I enjoyed the creature feature aspects of this story, (which I think were actually better than in the original Clickers), I did not enjoy the involvement of politics and religion.

When I'm reading what I think of as a B-movie type book, I want
Frank Errington
Many times sequels don't measure up to the original, sometimes it's best to leave a successful book stand alone. I'm so glad that this is not the case here. Clickers, originally published in 1998, was such a fun read I never expected the follow-up to be as good, but honestly it was even more entertaining than the first installment.

This time, JF Gonzalez teamed up with the legendary Brian Keene. A match made in Horror Heaven or would it be more appropriate to say Horror Hell? The two writers comp
Robert Mingee
It's sad when a personal agenda is handled in such a way that it overshadows the story, especially a story that could have been such a fun romp, which was definitely the case with this book. The Clickers and friends are back, on a much larger scale this time. There's no covering this one up, as the wave hits the entire east coast, and the action and "monster" story elements are great.

But the president has his own agenda, and the way that it is presented really comes across as ham-fisted. I start
Adam Wilson
The Next Wave was very good. I will say that first before I begin criticizing it. The only reason why I feel I have to is because, in my opinion, it fell well short of the first clickers novel for several reasons. The first is perhaps my fault. Maybe I shouldn’t have dived right into this book after finishing a five star read like Clickers (I). Maybe I was just a little burnt out on giant monster B-movie plots but I don’t think that was it. I think it is the lack of masterful characterization wh ...more
Jonathan Echevarria
Unlike the first Clickers book where we had a small town setting (which was appropriate for the Creature Feature films vibe it was going for.), this time around the Clickers have been upgraded to large disaster film status. It works for the most part because we really see how the Clickers could contend against the military and large city type settings. We get a much larger cast this time around, so while Rick Sychek does return, he doesn't get as much as attention as some of the newer characters ...more
Richard Wright
I reacquainted myself with the original Clickers earlier this year, and the sequel has been sitting on my shelf for a while, so I dived in. Where I was expecting another popcorn book, perhaps demonstrating the law of diminishing returns, I was pleased to find the story evolve, with the book ending up a very different beast as a result. Instead of monsters in a small town, here we have a nation under siege, with characters at all levels (from the streets to the corridors of the White House) threa ...more
Mike Kazmierczak
Like all good grade B movies, the original CLICKERS novel gets a sequel in the form of CLICKERS II: THE NEXT WAVE. Unlike most sequels though, the story here is just as good as the first one.

It is about ten years after the events in the first book. The government has tried covering up the event at Phillipsport. The truth has been left to conspiracy theorist as all the survivors from that day have been killed or are permanently in hiding. With a familiar catalyst, a hurricane strikes the East Coa
Set about a dozen years after the first volume, this one is a lot of fun. It carries on the story of most of the survivors of the first volume and introduces a new cast of larger-than-life, pulp-influenced ones who are just as enjoyable. Giant crabs return, driven by their dark overlords who are out for vengeance, and half the country is destroyed... but the real bad guys are the ultra-right politicians in charge of our defense. Multiple viewpoints and short flashes of events from all over the s ...more
11811 (Eleven)
DNF at 60%. Gonzalez rocks while Keene ruins. I'm upset that Keene fucked up an otherwise fun story. If this was more about clickers, less about politics, it could have been great.
More giant crab action! This time, the Clickers attack the entire East Coast of the United States, eating everyone in their path. A category five hurricane bears down on Washington, DC, as the President--an insane religious zealot--sets off a civil war in the midst of the Clicker invasion. The Dark Ones return! Atlantic City is overrun! Giant crabs are eating the White House! One completely unnecessary sex scene! Fun, pure, uber-violent monster crab goodness. Even better than the original. I can ...more
Kathy Jackson
I feel like I should apologize before I start the review. Why? Because I wanted to give this book a good review, wanted to say it was a lot of fun and that the monsters were fantastic. Really, I wanted to.

Let's start with the good things: news articles were interesting in that they told the story of what the clickers and Dark Ones had been up to since the first book ended. Ships going missing, people disappearing while swimming in the ocean, scuba divers never resurfacing - all du
A follow up to the earlier effort by Mr. Gonzalez that find the hero and heroine of the first book set back in the path of Crabmageddon as it washes over most of the eastern seaboard. This time they are helped by a retired Army Colonel who is tasked with beating back the invasion.

While the story is still an good one, much of the intimacy of the original setting, and with it the texture of the backdrops to the plot seems lost here. In the first book one could imagine the environs where the charac
Jul 08, 2015 Ron rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Three stars isn't a very high score for me - but I want all fans of the first Clickers book to know that this one is significantly better!
Strangely - it came apart in the last act for me - - but the journey was a lot more fun than round one, and the writing is much better in general. Clearly a more seasoned author and collaboration. The Clickers books are a guilty pleasure for me - and I'll be reading the third book, and maybe the one with zombies, too.
Nollaig Kelly
no messing about; right into the madness and gore; loved it
Andre Higgins
This was a great follow up to the first book. I loved it.
There is only one little thing that bugged me a lot and it is the president character..... he's totally unbelievable. Of course this will probably sound strange (dealing with all the weird shit in this book) but he brought too much ridicule to the story. He was a joke.
Apart from that one bad character, the story was just great.
I'm plunging into book III right away.
Theresa Boyd
By the time I got halfway through this book, I felt like I was still reading it because I insist on finishing what I started, and not because i was really still enjoying this. Maybe my reason for not liking it all that much was because the first Clickers was so amazing...then again, I feel like adding Brian Keene to a book should make it better...not worse...
Great to see a sequel that not only betters the first book but reveals a whole lot more about the situation than the previous book, it was wonderful to have a plot that took what you knew from the first book and enhanced and added so wonderfully to it. The next and final book should be just as good, with another dimension added to it, so i'm off the the last book
Giant crabs and creatures from the sea spark a second civil war. And the most villainous villain of them all? That's right--it's the President of the United States. The first Clickers book was pretty great. This second one is a total gas. Highly recommended for giant monster fans.
John Bruni
Not as good as the first one, but fun as all hell! Bigger scale, crazier situations, and a few references to Keene's work, ie. the Black Lodge.
Good story, fun fast and a few curve balls thrown in. Like a great "B" movie but better.
Johnny morrison
Awesome! Moving on to the next one...
Henrik Rostoft
Good b-movie fun, nice followup
Very cool sequal. clickers 3 is next
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J. F. Gonzalez is the author of over a dozen novels of horror and dark suspense including They, The Corporation, Back From the Dead, Primitive, Survivor and is co-author of the Clickers series.
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