World of Trouble
But Detective Hank Palace still has one last case to solve. Hi ...more
Well deserved four stars, hope this writer comes up with more of these great stories. Very recommended for fans of apocalyptic books, well worth the read. But also... for those who just like a good crime story. Poetic even, the last pages.....
What if you knew a deadly asteroid is going to hit earth, in so many days.... The word is in chaos and turmoil. Detective Hank Palace keeps figh ...more
I won this in a Booklikes Giveaway. Apparently their giveaways are easier to win.
Here we are, the conclusion of the saga Ben H. Winters began in The Last Policeman. Like the conclusion of every other saga, it had a lot of expectations to meet. Did it?
Yes. Yes, it did. World of Trouble picks up months after Countdown City left off, with a world on the br ...more
“Almost always, things are exactly as they appear. People are continually looking at the painful or boring parts of life with the half-hidden expectation that there is more going on beneath the surface, some deeper meaning that will eventually be unveiled; we’re waiting for the saving grace, the shocking reveal. But almost always things just are what they are, almost always there’s no glittering ore hidden under the dirt.“
I’ve been reading ...more
I think that one of the bright spots about knowing that an asteroid is going to hit the Earth would be that no one could ever say again, “Cheer up. It’s not the end of the world!”
There are only a few days left until the hunk of space rock called Maia will collide with the Earth and almost certainly wipe out humanity. Hank Palace, a former police detective, is on one last case of a highly personal nature. He’s trying to track down his rebellious sister Nico who is ...more
12 JULY 2021 UPDATE THE TRILOGY'S BEEN OPTIONED FOR TV by Fox...Read all about it!!
How I missed posting my announcement of this review's appearance back in March I don't know. Anyway, it's live at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud, better known as "my blog."
And in further proof that this is the Golden Age of Comics-and-SF-Geekery, the trilogy's TV future is a step closer to assured at NBC...th ...more
Again we join Henry Palace, policeman, in one last mystery before the world ends.
In six days an asteroid will obliterate Earth. Henry Palace is searching for his sister. They are so different, and he knows they have different opinions on the future (such as, whether ...more
(But not with his sister, mind you. He isn't *that* crazy.)
Of course, any SF/Mystery series that brings in the Amish is going to be slightly *odd*, right? Still, hunting for his lost sister is far from being the craziest ...more
The asteroid that is going to wipe out Earth is now expected within just days. Henry only maintains his sanity by giving himself quests. In the first book, he was still a cop and was trying to solve a murder. In the second book, the police were done, but he took a private case to investigate. And, in this third book, he decides that he needs to find his sister before the end so the ...more
In this final installment of "The Last Policeman" series, Detective Harry Palace races against time to solve one final mystery before a devastating asteroid hits earth and wipes out most or even all of humanity. I think I enjoyed this final book the most, listening in to Harry's thoughts as the asteroid hurtles ever closer. As impending doom hastens Earthward.
This series is contemplative and "quiet", but also with enough action to keep you turning the pages. ...more
Life’s too short. More and more I’m finally starting to understand the value of my time.
I’ve spent many nights at the computer with reruns of Star Trek in the background. It used to help my brain unwind. I used to spend way too much time with Gaming (at the computer, on my tablet, etc) because I felt that unplugging was more beneficial than doing work-related stuff. That’s only partially temporization-related bullshit. I do feel bette ...more
“The fact that we often judge the pleasure of an experience by its ending can cause us to make some curious choices.” ― Daniel Gilbert, Stumbling on Happiness
World of Trouble is the final book in an excellent trilogy pondering the end of the world. Should you decide to read the trilogy, do not indulge in spoilers, just read it. Ben H. Winters does an excellent job of painting humanity in small with his protagonist Hank Palace. Palace is the embodiment of the slow moving (by t ...more
The Last Policeman series is simply awesome and underrated. And now the trilogy has come to a close.
Technically, these books would probably fit more comfortably in the Crime & Mystery/Police Procedural category. But there’s a twist. Imagine that for the past year, everyone has known that a giant killer asteroid is hurtling towards earth, set to impact in just a matter of days. On Boomsday, tsunamis will wipe out the coasts ...more
The Last Policeman and Countdown City detailed Hank's activities f ...more
The Line ”It’s sunrise, drizzling still, and with the muted rain-wet golds and scarlets of the trees, with the crickets calling to one another, the crows doing their plaintive cawing, I find myself imagining for a minute what a peaceful world this’ll be when the people are gone, when the paved expanses are reclaimed by wildflowers and the birds have the full use of the sky.”
The Sinker – Keeping it ...more
With just a week left to live Palace gives up companionship, relative safety, a regular source of food and a pleasant place to see out the end of the world in favour of hunting down his wayward younger sister l ...more
Finishing this book, turn ...more
Societal guidelines deteriorate to chaos and violence as Hank travels to Rotary, Ohio. He encounters multiple and complex characters who behave in an array of end-of-the-world behaviors. Winters’ portrayal of these players is perfection. Some are likable, some humorous, some philosophical and some ...more
I received a free copy from Quirk Books in exchange for a review.
Winters’ World of Trouble is the highly anticipated finale to his Edgar Award winning Last Policeman trilogy. The books follow Detec ...more
Ben H. Winters' trilogy just gets better and better. The tension starts out slower at the beginning of the third and final "World of Trouble" and at that point my enjoyment was 4 star; yet for the second whole half it went to a 6. Twists and unforeseen turns and still the k ...more
Welcome to the tragic world of Hank Palace, a former police detective who has left his native New Hampshire with his "p ...more
I almost felt that the middle book could've been skipped, but the story is back on track in the third.
Former detective Hank Palace's sister was last seen in a helicopter, zooming off with a cultlike group with seemingly far-fetched plans to rescue an imprisoned physicist and save the world in a daring last-minute bid to knock the asteroid that's headed for Earth out of its apocalyptic trajectory.
Hank is feeling guilty that his last interaction with his sister invol ...more
The 'Last Policeman' trilogy is a wonderful achievement. It considers what happens when all of us find out that we have no future. That, in a few months time, an asteroid is going to strike and the world is going to end. That all we have is now. That there is no later. What makes it unique is that the story is told through the eyes of Hank Palace, a neuroatypical man for whom the end of the world has brought the fulfilment of an ambition. He finally gets to be a homicide detective.
The third book is the best of the bunch, and first I thought that it was, by necessity, going to be more towards the science fiction end of the scifi-mystery axis that the books advertise themselves as. The thing is, the INCREDIBLE emotional wallop WORLD OF TROUBLE punches wouldn't be nearly as ...more
An excellent conclusion to a unique trilogy.
"Acceptance of loss is a destination, not a journey."
- Henry Palace
If I was worried as to how Ben Winters would end his Last Policeman trilogy, I should not have been. Winters managed it beautifully.
In World of Trouble, Henry embarks on a quest to locate his sister, Nico. Their last encounter ended on a sour note, and she disappeared before Henry had a chance to make things right. Henry cannot bear the ...more
This book is told just a few days from the asteroid Maia hitting the Earth and possibly ending all life on the planet. Hank Palace leaves his cozy haven with fel ...more
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