Out in the desert, survivalists Gordo and Shotgun are trying to invent a weapon to defeat the spiders. But even if they succeed it may be too late, because President Stephanie Pilgrim has been forced to enact the plan of last resort: the Spanish Protocol. Every country must fight for itself. And the spiders are on the move....
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By Simon on 01-05-17
A Series that needs a Big Ending!
This is the second book in Ezekiel Boone's arachnid apocalyptic series following on from The Hatching. There is a lot to like about what he's done, a big cast of globe-spanning characters, some pretty chilling horror scenes and some inventive thinking that make his spiders just a little different. The book is written on a grand scale and personally I feel invested enough into what he's unveiled so far that I'll be picking up the final book. Boone tries to imbue each character with detail, even the ones that only play a small part in the book. I particularly enjoyed one Japanese scientist lamenting how he got himself into a rather precarious situation with nothing but some rubber between him and a nasty concoction of nastiness.
All these characters and the detail they are given is great but it does create a possible issue for the reader. These aren't the longest of books so with all the characters to deal with there wasn't time to progress the main plot an awfully long way. Boone does a very decent job of pulling it together but occasionally it felt as though things were being shoe-horned in rather than genuinely adding to the story. For that reason I really do think that if, as the author has suggested this is a trilogy, then the final book really needs to leap forwards and bring it to a stunning conclusion.
The job of narrating Skitter is one hell of a tough gig with characters from here, there and everywhere. George Newburn rises manfully to the task and gives a very credible performance in the circumstances.
So, the inventiveness and character clarity adds some real meat on the bones of this series but for my personal tastes it really needs a kick-ass finale that delivers the goods for it to be a great one. Over to you Mr Boone!
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