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Ex-Patriots by Peter Clines
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Oct 17, 2012

really liked it
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Read from October 13 to 17, 2012

Better than the first book in the series, but it didn't fix any of the problems I had with the first one ether. The flashback chapters are still present, and feel like they're dropped in specifically so the author can extend a cliff hanger ending from the previous chapter. I think I liked the flashbacks a little better this time because they were helping to give back story on characters that weren't the main characters this time. They expanded on characters that weren't already going to be given major time in the spotlight. Although I could have done without the chapter in the mind of the psychotically misogynistic soldier. I didn't catch on to which character that was supposed to be, so I don't even know if I should have been happy to watch him die in some way.

The author also continues to telegraph his plot twists. I this is the first time I can remember ever encountering a "Chekhov's Super". And while he tries to disguise a second twist behind the guise of experimental side effects, there was enough evidence I think to catch on long before the reveal comes. The only twist that did work for me was the one I probably should have seen coming given the mixture of superheros and zombies of this series. But I was just as clueless as the main characters.

Definitely going to pick up the next book in the series when it's released.

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