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At the end of the previous book (Death of Empires) I was quite worried that this series was starting to meander and lose its way. Too much character introspection, seemingly pointless flashbacks and scarcely any progression of the story. It seemed a shame as I’ve long regarded this series as something of a guilty pleasure. It had non-stop action, tough, detailed characters and an interesting take on the zombie genre but the slow, seemingly disjointed pace of that previous book put considerable doubts in my mind.
So, would Death of Empires mark the death of a fine series? Hell no! This is as good as anything that has gone before it. The action concentrates a bit more on human opponents in the shape of Russian special forces but don’t worry the Dead have their say too. It continues at breakneck speed in the air, under the water and on land. It spans continents and oceans. This book really is a breathtaking achievement and I doubt many will need me to tell them that the narration by R.C. Bray is a masterclass of urgent, post-apocalyptic story-telling. Does anyone do this much better?
A final tempting thought at the time of writing is that once again the production ends with a teaser of the next book in the series. Does this mean we won’t have to wait too long for the next one? I for one can’t wait.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
The previous book was the weakest in the series, but I'm pleased to say that this one is a real return to form, with the pace hardly letting up from start to finish.
It's a book that doesn't give you a chance to get bored, with the story darting all over the place, with something always going on.
The action, of which there is a lot, is, as always, very well written and something I never get tired of.
Finally, it should go without saying at this point, that the narration by RC Bray is real top drawer stuff; his English accents have even picked up a smidge.
7 & 8 should have been one story way to punish your loyal readers. Not cool
35 of 35 people found this review helpful
Great story, but author seems to be more into quantity of books than quality. the first few books could stand on their own. but the last 5 should have been condensed into two.. don't get me wrong I really enjoy the story but lately after every book I kinda feel cheated. Being committed to the story, I will put up with the that feeling. but I will not be investing in anymore of Fuchs or James new series. It's sad because they write a good yarn.
26 of 27 people found this review helpful