Purgatory Road is the second in the The Day After Never series by author Russell Blake. In it, our hero Lucas again faces overwhelming odds to save those closest to him while staying one step ahead of some very nasty people. In this dystopian novel, the world population has been devastated by a global pandemic. More than half the population have succumbed and a great many of those left have sunk to brutal levels to survive…generally at the expense of others. Lucas finds himself pushed to help the two who he saved find their promised land before they themselves were found.
“During the BVA, subjects are placed in traumatic situations. While government studies show that the vast majority of subjects recover completely given the right medication, most show symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder in the immediate aftermath, often during the test. ASD is similar to PTSD in many ways—patients suffering from the former will be diagnosed with the latter if the symptoms persist—but with a focus on dissociative symptoms. These include, but are not limited to, derealization and depersonalization—nothing around you feels real, not even your own thoughts or emotions. Detachment, emotional unresponsiveness, and a general feeling of numbness.”
I’m not sure what to say about this novel. It seems to be very popular, but it just was not for me. The Fifth Season is the first in the Broken Earth Books where certain people have the means to wield the power of the earth for good or evil. These beings are both hated and needed and it is a parent’s sorrow should one of their offspring be born with the powers.
Imagine walking innocently down the street, a pretty woman hobbled by an injury is struggling out of a dry cleaners store. You offer your assistance. She smiles. Then two armed men take you both prisoner. We’d probably freak out, but we are not Jack Reacher. In Die Trying by Lee Child, Reacher is kidnapped by thugs and driven for days in the back of a van with this woman, obviously a woman dear to someone very important; oh and she’s a trained FBI agent.
“Thomas’s left hand shook as he drew the bow. He was dry-mouthed, frightened. He knew he would shoot wild so he lowered his arm and released the cord’s tension. Remember, he told himself, remember everything you have ever been taught. An archer does not aim, he kills. It is all in the head, in the arms, in the eyes, and killing a man is no different from shooting a hind. Draw and loose, that was all, and that was why he had practiced for over ten years so that the act of drawing and loosing was as natural as breathing and as fluent as water flowing from a spring. Look and loose, do not think. Draw the string and let God guide the arrow.”
The Day After Never by Russell Blake takes place in the Southwestern United States. America is torn apart by a pandemic flu that kills a large portion of the population. Anarchy rules in this Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian novel. Pockets of civilization dot the countryside barricaded against the lawless groups that roam; looking for easy prey.
“As with most black swan events, so named because they were unpredictable singularities, the combination of the super flu – regardless of whether brought to the U.S. by refugees, illegal immigrants, or returning servicemen – and an economic meltdown had never been envisioned. There were simply no scenarios for it, and when it happened, civilization had unraveled far faster than anyone would have believed.”
In The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Piem, young Flavia de Luce plays detective when she discovers an almost dead man in her family’s cucumber patch. He died shortly, but not before uttering an unusual word that she know must be the key to the mystery. Her investigation intensifies when someone close to her is arrested for the crime. And she is inclined to seek answers from an incident a long long time ago at a school attended by the accused.
It was over a decade ago when I discovered American hero, Scot Harvath. Harvath is the epicenter of Brad Thor’s novels about the secretive men and women who keep this country safe. While the series’ are novels, I hope that there are such people dedicated to the safety of our country. I look forward to each summer when Mr. Thor blesses us with another Harvath novel. There are only a few authors who consistently thrill me with their novels. As much as I read and rate books, Brad Thor’s books make most action thrillers pale in comparison.
So if you’ve read any of my book reviews, you already know that summer is an exciting time for me. Usually each July, Daniel Silva gifts us readers with a new novel featuring Israeli superman, Gabriel Allon. I am not sure how Mr. Silva has maintained the high level of quality of his novels (this is the nineteenth installment)! As you also may be aware, I read a lot of books…this is the 58th book this year. I found myself liking many books and giving the generous ratings on Goodreads. Then I get to The New Girls and it’s like being attacked. I mean I cannot put this book (Kindle) down. It doesn’t seem like enough to give it a meager five stars.
The Redbreast is a thriller set in Scandinavia where Harry Hole is an ordinary man with very strong investigative instincts. Never considered one of the elite because of his personality, he is nonetheless a worthy detective. In Redbreast he discovers that someone purchased a very expensive weapon in his tiny town. This intriguing purchase seems to be of interest to no one but him. While his superiors focus and try to force Harry to focus on other issues, he cannot get past the fact that this weapon is somewhere nearby and about to be used.
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