I wasn't sure what to think of the book at first. I wasn't sucked in but I was reading it steadily. I thought it was lacking in character backstory an...moreI wasn't sure what to think of the book at first. I wasn't sucked in but I was reading it steadily. I thought it was lacking in character backstory and scene description but it kept my attention. Then, at some point I realized I was really getting sucked into the book. I would have loved to have had the character details and the scene details but I loved the story and if there is a sequel, I'll definitely read it.(less)
The Jakarta Pandemic and the first two books in this series are fantastic in that they mix an apocalyptic scenario with human drama and military style...moreThe Jakarta Pandemic and the first two books in this series are fantastic in that they mix an apocalyptic scenario with human drama and military style combat very well. This book, however, seems to have dropped the human drama in favor of a military government take over of New England. As with his other books, this one is well written, well edited and nicely paced. I can't fault it at all in those respects and it is a very entertaining read. it is definitely not a stand alone novel but instead a middle book in a series.
Part of my disappointment is that I thought this was a trilogy but all this book did was set up the series for several future books without resolving much or explaining much. The epilogue ends with a 'The End?' suggesting there may not be any more in the series but we all know that's just not going to be the case. But that's on me.
Where I take away stars on this book is that the book is so different in tone from the earlier books in the series. It's not about Alex Fletcher and his family. This book is about Captain Fletcher and his almost superhuman abilities as a Military Intelligence Officer working against an amoral insurgent and clueless bureaucratic government leaders. at times he's a borderline Mary Sue character without flaws or weaknesses singlehandedly saving all of Maine from the forces of darkness.
Konkoly started this series with the suggestion that this was all a Chinese attack on the US. There's a little more in this book to advance that idea and more to suggest that the Russians are joining in to reclaim their lost empire. But, there's more to also suggest that this is some US governmental operation to take over as well. The questions about what's going on have grown and the original story of the rise of militia extremists seems to be tossed aside in favor of some Big Bad Government story line for future books. Some of it feels very unnatural and twisted in that the federal government happened to have prepared supplies all over the US for just such an emergency. This was kept as secret as it was detailed and not a word of it was known before the crisis. It all comes with supplies in Faraday cages that are chipped to track users, new uniforms for an internal security military police group and plans to replace state governments with military ones.
I'm sure I'll read the next book in the series but my fear is that this series has changed to another lone wolf vs the US Government superhero series.(less)