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Ashes of the Earth by Eliot Pattison
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Jun 01, 11

bookshelves: mystery, post-apocolyptic
Read in May, 2011

Pattison is a mystery author I had been unaware of. He has written both historical and contemporary mysteries and I saw this book at the new arrivals section of our library and figured I would give it a shot.

This standalone mystery is set in a post-apocalyptic setting in the north-eastern US. Very little is said about what caused the global catastrophic, other rogue states with biological and nuclear weapons. The story instead focuses on the settlement of Carthage, a group of survivors who have been around for about thirty years and have achieved an industrial revolution level of technology in many aspects.

The story is well-paced and the premise is interesting. The mystery itself takes a number of turns and has a satisfying resolution, but the real power to the story is the exploration of the human relationships as people cope in very different ways with the aftermath of the end of the world.

A good introduction to Pattison and I look forward to reading more from him.
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