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Raining Fire

(Ben Gold #3)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Ben Gold, former airship pilot has lost everything: his airship, his friends, and Miranda, the woman he loves. All that he has left is a thirst for revenge, a reckless plan to sate it, and some journal entries from Miranda to help ground him in the chaos. As he spirals out of control, he must survive old friends, new enemies, and of course Ferals, the mindless, violent vic ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Pyr (first published July 2017)
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Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
I enjoyed this for the most part, and was happy to see the attempts at giving Ben a bit more depth of character, but ultimately this was just a satisfactory read for me. I think the author is fairly adept at plotting and writing action sequences, but emotional engagement was where things were lacking slightly for me.

That showed up most in this last book because this was supposed to be where Ben showed the most emotional growth, and I can see the effort was made, but it just felt a bit flat to me
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up.
I try hard to avoid entering a series already under way, because you never know if the story can stand on its own or if you need the previous books to understand what's happening. This novel is able to stand on its own while giving you just enough of the previous series to keep you in the know.
The dystopian world presented has mankind devastated by a virus that turns a person feral. It's the take on zombies that doesn't have them dying before they become killing machines.
3.5 stars. Lots of action, though I was not that engaged with Ben and his pain over Miranda. In fact, I wanted to smack Ben many times for his self-involvement and self-destructiveness. Of the two characters, I always felt more interested in Miranda and what she was doing and feeling. Through her journal entries in this book, the author lets us in to Miranda's thoughts, which was a welcome change over Ben's. By the end of this book, I was relieved that Ben was actually reflecting on how his beha ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm all over the place with the reviews of this series, and after marking the second one up as compared to the first, this one I'm marking way down. It's competent enough, but I'm just out of interest in this world and its characters, and the story completely fails to recapture it. There is a sequence about half-way through that sets up a sort of homage to Mad Max 3 (save the children!) but it doesn't follow through.

That's actually the main problem with this book in my opinion. The follow throug
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fast-paced, gripping end to a wonderful saga with some truly unforgettable characters!

After finishing the second book in this series, Rising Tide, I couldn't wait for this one to come out to see where the story would go next. The world is all-too realistic and grim, but the cast of individuals making up the story are complex, multi-layered, with their own histories and reasons for dealing with life in different and sometimes contradictory ways. Totally believable, which draws you into the sto
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I jumped in and read this book without reading the first two in the series. I think it would have added more insight into the story to read the first two, but I felt like there was enough information in this book to follow what was going on. I enjoyed following Ben Gold throughout this book as he fought his way here, there, and back again. He had several scores to settle and he jumped right in to take care of business without much planning or forethought. It seemed pretty implausible that he wou ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you haven't started this series what are you waiting for? I found the whole series a fairly wild ride. My only main complaint is the ending. Satisfying yet un. There is so much more that the author could do with this world.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great book, and a good ending to the series.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, sf
I couldn't handle the self pitying, suicidal, drunken protagonist, I quit after 75 pages.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought about giving this four stars, but then I was not happy with the ending of this book and apparently the series.
To me this series was just building, but now it's over.
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Great conclusion to the Ben Gold steampunk series. Loved every page of it!
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Rajan Khanna is a fiction writer, blogger, reviewer and narrator. His first novel, Falling Sky, a post-apocalyptic adventure with airships, was released in October 2014. It was followed by Rising Tide in 2015 and Raining Fire in 2017. His short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and several anthologies. His articles and reviews have appeared at and LitRea ...more

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